Helpful reading

Ashleigh Bennett and Lotta De Smet | 22 Nov 2017

Employment law changes coming

The new Labour-led coalition government has signalled significant changes to employment law, which will increase protection for employees and may impact a number of our employer clients. We summarise the key areas in which changes are expected in the very near future... >

Fineprint | 22 Nov 2017

Stay safe this summer

With the Christmas holidays coming up, we want to remind you about keeping safe this summer – on the roads and in the pool, and to reinforce the message about not serving alcohol to people who are not yet 18 years old...>

Fineprint | 22 Nov 2017

Blended families: Wills and Trusts

Making sure everyone you care about gets a fair share of your property after you die is an issue most of us grapple with. This may also have additional complications when you have a blended family.  It’s not always as easy as just writing your Will and specifying who gets what... >

Fineprint | 22 Nov 2017

Privacy in the workplace

In a world where technology is becoming more prevalent, it’s easy to feel that privacy rights are a thing of the past.  Privacy breaches are becoming increasingly common given developments in technology and social media...

Our News | 21 Nov 2017

Congratulations to our new solicitors!

Last Friday, we celebrated the admission of five of our 2017 graduates at the Auckland High Court.  Congratulations Ali, Pip, Julia, Toby and Lotta!

Property Speaking | 14 Nov 2017

Speak with us before you sign the agreement

Buying a house is known to be one of the most stressful times in your life, and competing with other would-be purchasers in a heated property market doesn’t help the stress levels... 

Property Speaking | 14 Nov 2017

Being an Airbnb host

Before becoming the host-with-the-most phenomenal reviews, it is important that you understand the IRD’s requirements and your obligations to your lender, insurer and local authority...

Property Speaking | 14 Nov 2017

Property Briefs

Tenants selling their business // Ticking the boxes on Sale and Purchase Agreements // Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common...

Simpson Western | 04 Oct 2017

Our news / welcome Adrian

This week Simpson Western welcomes our new General Manager, Adrian Yap. >   

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2017

Ageing trustees

No one should want to be trustee for life. It’s useful for trustees to think about a succession plan: which trustees should we expect to retire or be replaced and who are the likely replacement trustees?...>

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2017

Trusts Bill

The long-awaited Trusts Bill was introduced to Parliament on 1 August 2017. The bill is an update to existing trust law and deals with practical issues that have faced lawyers and trustees for some years. We outline some of the most important parts of the Bill...>

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2017

Retiring as a trustee?

Many people agree to act as trustees of trusts set up by friends or relatives on the basis that they wish to help out or assist their friend or relative in some way. Eventually it comes time to retire...>

Commercial eSpeaking | 13 Sep 2017

FATCA: are you aware of your obligations?

With the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance (FATCA) regime now in effect, it’s important that all New Zealand entities ensure they are aware of their registration and reporting obligations...>

Commercial eSpeaking | 13 Sep 2017

Recovering undisputed debts

Often creditors are left wondering what happens if a debtor doesn't pay an undisputed debt.  Find out how the court can assist you in recovering an undisputed civil debt...>

Commercial eSpeaking | 13 Sep 2017

Business briefs

Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill - What could this mean for your business and employees? / Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 now in force - Make sure your business documents comply / Security Cameras - When does surveillance become an invasion of privacy? >

Your Savvy Lawyer | 25 Aug 2017

Health & safety: first sentencing

WorkSafe New Zealand has reported the first sentencing decision under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 this week. The decision is the first guidance available about the interpretation of the Act... >

Property Speaking | 15 Aug 2017

Agreement to lease

An agreement to lease is an agreement between a landlord and tenant of commercial property. It gives the parties an opportunity to record their leasing arrangements before they are formalised in a deed of lease. Here's how to see if you are you making the most of it. >

Property Speaking | 15 Aug 2017

Tenants not paying up?

Renting out residential property is a great way to make some extra money, pay your mortgage off faster and build an investment nest egg. It can cause real frustration, however, when your tenant fails to pay rent on time. What are your rights when your tenants don’t pay up?  >

Property Speaking | 15 Aug 2017

Property briefs

Buying a house – are you covered? Hidden titles for safety under Domestic Violence Act; and Cross lease issues: ‘warts and all’ clauses... >

Your Savvy Lawyer | 26 Jul 2017

Contract and Commercial Law Act

With the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 coming into force on 1 September 2017, you should review your standard form business contracts to ensure they will be up-to-date. >

Fineprint | 26 Jul 2017

Help for first home buyers

It’s every Kiwi’s dream to own their own quarter-acre share of paradise, but it’s becoming harder than ever before.  How can you help? >

JESS SHAW | 26 Jul 2017

Relationship property: the Clayton case

The implications of the Clayton case a year on - has it really exposed trusts in relationship property situations? >

Fineprint | 26 Jul 2017

Enduring powers of attorney sort out

Having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is as vital as making sure you have a Will. Whether you’re 18 or 80 years old, you never know when you may need to have a responsible person to make decisions on your behalf. >

Fineprint | 26 Jul 2017

Up in the air: using your drone

The use of drones is no longer limited to government agencies, technical gurus or the super wealthy. These high-tech pieces of equipment are, however, bound by Civil Aviation Rules. In this article, we explore what rules there are around their use. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 15 Jun 2017

Budget 2017 overview

The pundits were right. The Minister of Finance, the Hon Steven Joyce, presented his first Budget on Thursday 25 May and it was definitely a ‘steady as she goes affair’ with few surprises. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 15 Jun 2017

Shareholders’ agreements

Not all relationships were built to last forever, and even the most stable relationship amongst shareholders may waver. Issues may also arise unexpectedly, such as the death of a shareholder or... >

Commercial eSpeaking | 15 Jun 2017

Business briefs

It will all come out in the wash: non-compliance with minimum employment standards; Further Takeovers Code relief on the way for small companies; and Employee share schemes, your time is up. >



Property Speaking | 09 May 2017

Property briefs

Your KiwiSaver funds – more flexible than you might think; More on multi offers; and Grants available to insulate rental properties >

Property Speaking | 07 May 2017

Airbnb

Becoming an Airbnb host sounds like the perfect way to fund some overseas travel for yourself and rent out your home while you are away. But you should be aware of the key tax considerations. >

Property Speaking | 06 May 2017

Sharing a driveway

Many episodes of Neighbours at War told of disputes regarding shared driveways. Whether you currently own a property or you’re in the market to buy a property with a shared driveway, it pays to know your rights and obligations...>

FINEPRINT | 05 May 2017

Our news / autumn

Congratulations to Jamie Barr, who became our newest partner on 1 April. Jamie specialises in business law and has particular expertise in business structuring and shareholder arrangements... >

FINEPRINT | 04 May 2017

Disputes Tribunal DIY

If you have a claim of up to $15,000 – the Disputes Tribunal provides a simple, cost-effective way of dealing with civil disputes. We outline below the basics of what you need to know to make a claim. >

FINEPRINT | 03 May 2017

Buying off the plans

If you live in one of New Zealand’s cities, it’s likely that you’ve noticed a multitude of brand-new apartments, terraces, and town houses popping up in your area. >

 

YOUR SAVVY LAWYER | 03 May 2017

Sweeney Todd

Last month WorkSafe entered into an Enforceable Undertaking Agreement with St Kentigern College, following an incident at the school's 2016 production of Sweeney Todd where two students had their throats cut with a razor... >

FINEPRINT | 02 May 2017

Rural fires

Every year the New Zealand Fire Service and National Rural Fire Authority battle fires all over New Zealand, which begs the question – Who pays for this? >

FINEPRINT | 01 May 2017

Public photography

A young Kiwi woman had her photograph circulated around the globe after a journalist photographed her antics at the races. How private is private when taking photos in a public place? >