From 1 July 2018 all law firms must comply with the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009...
What happens when your parents die broke? Can you inherit their debt?
Job interviews can be a challenge for both employers and applicants. We look at what you can and cannot ask...
As lawyers, we’re often asked the legal age for a variety of things such as agreeing to medical treatment, making a will and so on...
What does it mean to have ‘mental capacity’ when it comes to signing a will or an important legal document? This has recently become a hot topic, with new case law shining some much-needed light on the subject. It’s also something that families need to be aware of as their loved ones age.
Last summer, George Muir joined us as part of our Summer Clerkship programme. George is in the final stages of his law degree at the University of Auckland, and is also a senior member of the Black Sticks New Zealand Men's Hockey Team. We spoke to George about his experience in the Black Sticks, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and his experience at Simpson Western.
Are your goods protected under the Personal Property Securities Act 1993?
As well as researching the market you will want to put a solid contract in place. A solid contract, or agreement for sale and purchase, should protect you from costly surprises after settlement.
If you have customers or suppliers in the European Union, you may have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force today.
Who gets to keep the pooch? When a relationship ends it's often difficult for couples to decide who should keep the family pet.
Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights? Do your homework...
Employers now, more than ever, need to treat their employees properly to ensure they do not face significant compensation awards for personal grievance claims.
There are few surprises in the government’s 2018 Budget presented on 17 May, the first from Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson.
There are risks associated with this popular type of purchase which many people are not aware of.
The final step before you settle your property purchase is to undertake a ‘pre-purchase inspection’.
From 1 July, all law firms will be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.
To help keep a lid on the property market, the Minister of Revenue recently announced an extension to the bright-line test period from two to five years.
New laws came into effect on 1 July 2016 that require landlords to make their properties safe and healthy for tenants. Does your rental property meet the new standard?
Moving into the second half of 2018, New Zealand law firms, real estate agencies, and accounting firms need to make sure that they have the appropriate controls in place to perform “Know Your Client” checks as well as a framework to detect and report suspicious activities.
The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 came into force on 14 August 2017. This legislation amended the Commerce Act 1986 and, in doing so, significantly expanded the reach of the Commerce Commission to combat "cartel" arrangements and anti-competitive activities.
In three weeks, our employment law and relationship property partner Candice Murphy is embarking on a challenging 5 day trek of the Great Wall of China, raising money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
I am pleased to announce the recent promotion of Andree Talbot to Associate and Ashleigh Bennett to Senior Solicitor.
Is your commercial building compliant with the Health and Safety At Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016?
The Ministry of Primary Industries is working hard with farmers to control and eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, by regulating stock movements. Here's what you need to know.
New changes regarding law firms are coming into force and they may affect your next visit to us.
A trending term in the business world over the last year is ‘social enterprise’. What is a social enterprise, and why does it matter?
All food businesses must register with MPI, under the Food Act 2014. Check the dates for registration here.
A large number of relationships still follow the ‘traditional’ practice of having one party act as the ‘homemaker’, while the other acts as the ‘breadwinner’- so what happens if the relationship breaks up?
Last month Simpson Western welcomed two new team members to our Silverdale Office, Monique O'Donnell and Melanie Baker-Jones.
With Easter upon us, it is a good idea to review the rules around public holidays in the Holidays Act and Easter trading rules.
If you are a financial institution or professional who must comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Act 2009, this article is for you.
Candice is walking the Great Wall of China in support of Breast Cancer. Help her on her way!
Trustees and executors are not always entitled to reimbursement for their litigation costs...
As parents age, their children often find they need to take an increasing role in looking after them...
When your spouse or partner dies you will need to make a very important decision between your entitlements under their will and potential claims against their estate...
Creditors who fall within the definition of "supplier" under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA) will remain liable to consumers, following government review...