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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.

WHAT IS A GENERAL SECURITY AGREEMENT ('GSA')?

You may have been asked to enter into a General Security Agreement (‘GSA’) to provide security over your assets to a third party, before that party will advance you money, goods or services. What does this mean? Click the heading above to find out.
Written by Default at 15:00

COMVITA RAISES $24.4M UNDER NEW SECURITIES LAWS

NZX listed Comvita Limited has announced the successful completion of a 1 for 5 renounceable rights offer and shortfall book build, raising $24.4million.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 15:00

CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ACT 2004 - 4 KEY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

The changes to the Building Act 2004 (“the Act”), which took effect on 1 January 2015 attempt to strengthen consumer protection around residential building work. As a result, building contractors involved in the residential sector will need to update their contract documentation. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Richard Kettelwell at 09:00

IS HEALTH AND SAFETY INGRAINED IN YOUR WORKPLACE CULTURE?

There was an interesting article in the NBR recently written by the chair of Worksafe on what Directors’ responsibilities will be under the new health and safety legislation. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Default at 09:00

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DEALING WITH DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESPEOPLE AND TELEMARKETERS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

In June this year changes were made to the Fair Trading Act 1986 (as a result of the Door to Door Sales Act 1967 being repealed) to include protections for consumers in the context of uninvited direct sales such as door-to-door and (the more common) telemarket sales. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Mark O'Donnell at 09:00

FINANCIAL MARKETS UPDATE: OFFERING FINANCIAL PRODUCTS TO NON-RETAIL INVESTORS.

New changes to the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 have recently come into force. These changes will be of interest to Company Directors, Senior Management and Investors. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by James Moran at 09:00

ATTENTION CONSUMERS: BEWARE MISLEADING ADVERTISEMENTS

More often than not consumers see and read headline advertising, such as “Fly to Sydney for $50”. However, it is very common that such headline advertising is subject to the terms and conditions attached to them. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by James Moran at 09:00
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ATTORNEYS UNDER ENDURING POWERS OF ATTORNEY - WHAT IS YOUR ROLE?

As an attorney appointed under an enduring power of attorney (EPA), you have important obligations to the person who appointed you (‘the donor’). Some obligations are imposed at law, and some are imposed only if they are included in the EPA itself. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Default at 09:00

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FIXTURES OR CHATTELS - WHY SHOULD I CARE?

When buying or selling property, fixtures are generally included automatically, chattels are not. This can cause difficulty as it is not always clear whether something is a fixture or a chattel. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Default at 13:00

PRE-EMPTIVE RIGHTS: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHEN DO THEY APPLY?

Are you a shareholder in a company? Do you know if pre-emptive rights apply to you? Click the heading above to find out.
Written by James Moran at 09:00

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