Helpful reading

Ashleigh Bennett | 02 Jul 2018

AML now in force

From 1 July 2018 all law firms must comply with the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009...

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

What if your parents die broke?

What happens when your parents die broke? Can you inherit their debt?

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

Questions you shouldn’t ask

Job interviews can be a challenge for both employers and applicants.  We look at what you can and cannot ask...

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

How old do you have to be?

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...

Fineprint | 02 Jul 2018

Is your loved one mentally capable?

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.

Simpson Western | 29 Jun 2018

Summer Clerk/Black Stick: George Muir

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.

Alyssa Dunlop / Nicola Russ | 19 Jun 2018

Supplying goods on credit

Are your goods protected under the Personal Property Securities Act 1993?

Melanie Baker-Jones | 19 Jun 2018

Are you buying a small business?

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.

Sarah O'Grady | 25 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation

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.

Jess Shaw | 18 May 2018

Pets and separation

Who gets to keep the pooch?  When a relationship ends it's often difficult for couples to decide who should keep the family pet.

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Business Briefs

Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights?  Do your homework...

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Compensation for hurt and humiliation

Employers now, more than ever, need to treat their employees properly to ensure they do not face significant compensation awards for personal grievance claims.

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

A no surprises Budget

There are few surprises in the government’s 2018 Budget presented on 17 May, the first from Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Purchasing from a developer

There are risks associated with this popular type of purchase which many people are not aware of.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Pre-purchase inspections

The final step before you settle your property purchase is to undertake a ‘pre-purchase inspection’. 

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Keeping NZ safe from money launderers

From 1 July, all law firms will be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Bright-line test period extended

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.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Is your rental safe and healthy?

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?

Nicola Russ | 08 May 2018

What’s that smell?

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.

Simpson Western | 07 May 2018

Competition laws: how are you affected?

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.

Simpson Western | 07 May 2018

Trekking the Great Wall for NZBCF

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. 

Simpson Western | 27 Apr 2018

News from the GM: Promotions

I am pleased to announce the recent promotion of Andree Talbot to Associate and Ashleigh Bennett to Senior Solicitor.

Simpson Western | 09 Apr 2018

Asbestos in commercial buildings

Is your commercial building compliant with the Health and Safety At Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016?

Fineprint | 03 Apr 2018

Regulating stock movements

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.

Ashleigh Bennett | 03 Apr 2018

Preventing money laundering in NZ

New changes regarding law firms are coming into force and they may affect your next visit to us.

Fineprint | 03 Apr 2018

What is a 'social enterprise'?

A trending term in the business world over the last year is ‘social enterprise’.   What is a social enterprise, and why does it matter?

Fineprint | 03 Apr 2018

Food Act 2014

All food businesses must register with MPI, under the Food Act 2014.  Check the dates for registration here.

Fineprint | 03 Apr 2018

Economic disparity at the end of a relationship

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?

Simpson Western | 03 Apr 2018

Our news / welcome Monique and Melanie

Last month Simpson Western welcomed two new team members to our Silverdale Office, Monique O'Donnell and Melanie Baker-Jones.

Simpson Western | 29 Mar 2018

Easter Trading and Public Holidays

With Easter upon us, it is a good idea to review the rules around public holidays in the Holidays Act and Easter trading rules. 

Simpson Western | 14 Mar 2018

Electronic identity verification

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 Murphy | 28 Feb 2018

Candice's Great Wall Trek for breast cancer

Candice is walking the Great Wall of China in support of Breast Cancer.  Help her on her way!

Ashleigh Bennett | 23 Feb 2018

Trustees’ liability for litigation costs

Trustees and executors are not always entitled to reimbursement for their litigation costs...

Trust eSpeaking | 23 Feb 2018

When Grandma comes to live with us...

As parents age, their children often find they need to take an increasing role in looking after them...

Trust eSpeaking | 23 Feb 2018

Option A or Option B?

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...

Nicola Russ | 12 Feb 2018

Creditors remain liable for defective goods

Creditors who fall within the definition of "supplier" under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA) will remain liable to consumers, following government review...