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... >
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...>
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... >
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...
Last Friday, we celebrated the admission of five of our 2017 graduates at the Auckland High Court. Congratulations Ali, Pip, Julia, Toby and Lotta!
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...
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...
Tenants selling their business // Ticking the boxes on Sale and Purchase Agreements // Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common...
This week Simpson Western welcomes our new General Manager, Adrian Yap. >
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?...>
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...>
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...>
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...>
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...>
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? >
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... >
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. >
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? >
Buying a house – are you covered? Hidden titles for safety under Domestic Violence Act; and Cross lease issues: ‘warts and all’ clauses... >
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. >
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? >
The implications of the Clayton case a year on - has it really exposed trusts in relationship property situations? >
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. >
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. >
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. >
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... >
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. >
Your KiwiSaver funds – more flexible than you might think; More on multi offers; and Grants available to insulate rental properties >
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. >
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...>
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... >
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. >
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. >
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... >
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? >
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? >