Helpful reading

Your Savvy Lawyer | 17 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. >

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


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. >



Sweeny 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? >


Anti-money laundering

Lawyers, you should take note that the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill (the Bill) could be passed as early as June this year. New Zealand Lawyers need to prepare for this. >

Trust eSpeaking | 03 Apr 2017

Looking after your inheritance

For many people a gift by Will (also known as a legacy) from a relative or friend can be very significant – both personally and financially. The relative or friend wants to show you kindness but also usually wants the gift to be of real benefit to you personally. You need to keep it protected. >

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Apr 2017

Trusts Bill - some key proposals

In late 2013, the Law Commission completed a report recommending that a new Trusts Act replace the Trustee Act 1956. It is intended that the new legislation will be the primary source of trust law in New Zealand. We outline below some key proposals. >

Trust eSpeaking | 01 Apr 2017

Will your business survive if you don’t?

Most owners want to ensure their business will continue after they have died. However, there is a lot more planning that you should do other than just having an updated Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney. >


New construction rules

The changes apply to commercial construction contracts entered into or renewed from Friday, 31 March 2017 where retention monies are required from subcontractors.  Are you ready? >

Commercial eSpeaking | 20 Feb 2017

Business Briefs

OIO changes to streamline the investing and consenting processes; and Limited partnerships become popular. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Feb 2017

Lender credit responsibility

Changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 brings greater focus on lender responsibility. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 Feb 2017

Kaikoura earthquake

The Kaikoura earthquake was another reminder of the volatile and unpredictable nature of our land. We set out some guidance on points if you own, or are a tenant in, a commercial building potentially affected by earthquake damage. >

FINEPRINT | 20 Dec 2016

Our news / summer

Knowing your credit score; and New pool fencing law comes into force on 1 January 2017. >

FINEPRINT | 18 Dec 2016

Children and holiday care disputes

In 2014, the law governing parenting disputes between separated parents was amended. Find out how this new regime applies to ‘semi-urgent’ cases dealing with parenting disputes around Christmas holiday care arrangements... >

FINEPRINT | 17 Dec 2016

Courtroom name supression

Most of us prick up our ears when hearing that someone has been granted name suppression. This article explores the principles behind name suppression and why some people are granted this, and why others are refused. >

FINEPRINT | 16 Dec 2016

Letting your holiday home

Whether you are currently letting your property for short-term visitor accommodation yourself or via the likes of Airbnb or BookaBach, or are considering doing so, we recommend that you give some thought to the following matters. >

FINEPRINT | 15 Dec 2016

Employment Agreements

Do all your Employees have Employment Agreements, and do they comply? A recent report from Statistics New Zealand suggests that nearly 1 in 10 employees do not have a written employment agreement. >

Property Speaking | 03 Dec 2016

Property Briefs

Meth testing in a property – from a vendor’s perspective; Multi-offers on a property; and Terminating a commercial lease for unpaid rent. >

Property Speaking | 02 Dec 2016

Don't rush the sale and purchase

Buying a house – on a stress scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the worst) – is said to be an 11. Don’t Rush into Signing an Agreement for Sale and Purchase. Always wait to get legal advice. >

Property Speaking | 01 Dec 2016

Get your wills and EPAs in order

You work hard to build up your assets over your lifetime, so you should decide what happens to them if you become incapacitated and when you die. Make sure you have a Will and EPAs. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 03 Oct 2016

Business Briefs

Alert: Put a start date on your employment contracts; Employee share scheme tax update; An unsettling agreement; and When does a director ‘live in New Zealand’? >

Trust eSpeaking | 02 Oct 2016

Foreign trusts: tightening up the rules

Foreign trusts have been in the news recently. The government has now introduced legislation to tighten up the rules. But what are foreign trusts and is this important to you? >

Commercial eSpeaking | 01 Oct 2016

Director Duties

The Court of Appeal recently revisited the all-important question of how far must directors go to ‘take all reasonable and proper steps’ when making decisions on behalf of a company. How far is far enough? >

Trust eSpeaking | 01 Sep 2016

Trusts under attack

Trusts can sometimes be used to protect assets from future claims by a former spouse or de facto partner. Trustees need to be cautious... >

Trust eSpeaking | 01 Sep 2016

Beneficiaries' and trust information

The extent of a trustee’s obligation to provide information to beneficiaries has been a continuing source of frustration for trustees, particularly those whose discretionary decisions may be challenged. Recently the Court of Appeal clarified the nature and extent of this ... >

Commercial eSpeaking | 01 Sep 2016

Changes to construction law

The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) sets out a number of duties and obligations on both those commissioning building work, and those undertaking it. >

Candice Murphy | 02 Aug 2016

Employment legislation changes

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill, out 1 April 2016, brings a raft of changes to employment law, this affects employment relations and employment standards. We summarise the main changes here... >