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Welcome to the Sharp Tudhope Lawyers' blog. Here you will find  topical information and advice relating to a wide range of areas of law, written by our legal experts.

GROWING PAINS

Those resistant to change are losing, and the free market economy is winning. The Bay of Plenty seems to be groaning under the weight, and the tension is visible; speeding drivers, traffic jams and accidents, trucks and machines everywhere, committees to talk about smart growth. We’re growing rapidly and people want to join us. Those of us already here know why; it’s the ‘Bay of Plenty’.
Written by Hamish Murray at 00:00

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STAY SHARP FEBRUARY 2017

The lazy summer days are coming to an end, the kids are back at school and the team are all on deck, recharged and ready to take on 2017. In this edition of Stay Sharp, Senior Solicitor Jenny Glubb provides an update on Enduring Powers of Attorney, we profile our immigration law team and Partner, Hamish Murray writes about the 'growing pains' our region is experiencing. We also welcome commercial lawyer Jodi Ellmers and take this opportunity to let you know about our full suite of everyday legal services.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

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PENALTY PAYMENTS UNDER CONTRACTS

Anybody who enters into contracts as part of a construction contract will be familiar with the idea of “liquidated damages”. These clauses outline the amount of money which is payable by a party who breaches the contract. The amount payable under a liquidated damages clause is meant to be a genuine pre-estimate of the damage which will be suffered by the innocent party as a result of the breach. The amount does not have to be entirely correct, but it needs to be genuine.
Written by Bill Chapman at 00:00

ENDURING POWERS OF ATTORNEY - CHANGES ARE COMING

Amended regulations for Enduring Powers of Attorney will come into force on 16 March. The regulations will include new plain language Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) forms and a plain language explanation of the effects and implications of entering into an EPA.
Written by Jenny Glubb at 00:00

STAY SHARP DECEMBER 2016

December has flown by and with the Christmas rush in full effect we aim to keep this newsletter short and sweet.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

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CONSUMER EXCHANGE LAW

Heading into the most popular purchasing season of the year means it is the perfect time for a refresher on your consumer exchange rights. The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 sets out the law around returns where a product is faulty or does not perform as advertised. However, it does not provide for the return of goods you simply “don’t like” or “don’t want”. Ultimately this is determined by the return policy of the store you have purchased the product from.
Written by Alexia Grindle at 00:00

FMCA TRANSITION PERIOD ENDS

As of yesterday, 1 December 2016, the 2 year transition period under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (“FMCA”) officially came to an end. Now, all offers of financial products (such as shares) must be made under the FMCA and the Securities Act 1978 is put to bed.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 00:00

SELLING A UNIT TITLE? HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Are you looking at buying or selling an apartment? If so, there are key provisions of the Unit Titles for information disclosure which you need to be aware of. Note: these rules cannot be contracted out of if and when you decide to sell up and move on.
Written by Amelia Smith at 00:00

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CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS UPDATE

Parliament has identified the need for clarification of the forthcoming retention regime under the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 (“Amendment Act”), and has introduced the Regulatory Systems (Commercial Matters) Amendment Bill (“Bill”), which proposes to change s11A of the Amendment Act.
Written by James Hakaria at 00:00

STAY SHARP OCTOBER 2016

It's hard to believe there are only eight working weeks until Christmas! Whilst we are looking forward to a break, we are also well aware that legal issues don't just go away over Christmas so the team are working hard to ensure client needs are met.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

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