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Changes to Drink Driving Limits as of 1st December 2014

Changes to Drink Driving Limits as of 1st December 2014

We always need to be careful with how much we drink if we are going to drive after. However, there are changes to the drink driving limits coming into effect on 1 December 2014.

Published: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014 by Maria Green

Fixture or chattel - why should I care?

Fixture or chattel - why should I care?

When buying or selling property, fixtures are generally included automatically, chattels are not. This can cause difficulty as it is not always clear whether something is a fixture or a chattel.

Published: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Neighbour Law Part 2: Nuisance and Trespass, Issues with Animals, Noises & Smells

Neighbour Law Part 2: Nuisance and Trespass, Issues with Animals, Noises & Smells

In a perfect world, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it together. The law is careful to balance one person’s right to enjoy their land with a neighbour’s right to be protected from interference.

Published: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Employment Investigations – Running a Sound Process

As an employer it is almost inevitable that you will encounter issues with employees that will require an employment investigation.

Published: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014 by Michael Robinson

Protecting Your Trading Name

Protecting Your Trading Name

The reputation of your business may be its most valuable asset. You have worked hard to develop your brand, so it makes sense that you also know how to protect it.

Published: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014 by Mike Newdick

Neighbour Law - Love Thy Neighbour, Part 1

Neighbour Law - Love Thy Neighbour, Part 1

Disputes with neighbours can arise over many things; noise, fences, trees and animals etc. Ideally, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it and acting reasonably.

Published: Tue, Sep 30th, 2014

Sports Law - Criminalising Match-Fixing in New Zealand

Sports Law - Criminalising Match-Fixing in New Zealand

The impending arrival of two large-scale international competitions to our shores in 2015 (the Cricket World Cup and FIFA Under 20 World Cup) has brought into question whether New Zealand's current legislation provides adequate tools to prosecute match-fixers.

Published: Tue, Sep 30th, 2014

What is a Certificate of Acceptance?

What is a Certificate of Acceptance?

In some circumstances a certificate of acceptance may be issued by your local Council for unconsented works that have been completed on your property if the Council is satisfied that those works comply with the building code.

Published: Tue, Sep 30th, 2014

Applying for Parenting Orders: How the Recent Family Court Reforms Will Affect You

Applying for Parenting Orders: How the Recent Family Court Reforms Will Affect You

The way in which the Family Court deals with applications to do with the parenting of children has changed dramatically. Most significantly there are changes to how certain applications are made to the court, how parties are represented by their legal counsel and the format of documents filed.

Published: Wed, Jul 30th, 2014

Cancelling a Conditional Contract

Cancelling a Conditional Contract

Most house buyers enter into conditional agreements. For example, the current REINZ/ADLS Agreement includes (if selected) a Builder's Report condition, which allows the purchaser to cancel, if on an objective assessment, they do not approve a Builder's Report.

Published: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

Challenging the Terms of a Will

Challenging the Terms of a Will

The death of a loved one is always traumatic. Feelings of grief can be compounded when the Will is read and someone else feels they have been left out.

Published: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

DIY and the Law

DIY and the Law

Many New Zealanders are capable of conducting DIY (do-it- yourself ) repairs, maintenance and redecorating to their homes - and many are not. No matter what the capability of a person some will still have a go. However, it is important to be aware of the restrictions, standards and possible penalties imposed by law.

Published: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

Extended Warranties and the Consumer Guarantees Act: Are you throwing your money away?

Extended Warranties and the Consumer Guarantees Act: Are you throwing your money away?

You are buying a shiny new top-of-the-range television with a two year warranty. The salesperson asks if you would like an extended five year warranty for only $249.95 extra. Sounds sensible, right?

Published: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

Relocation Outside of New Zealand

Relocation Outside of New Zealand

The father and mother of a child are usually joint guardians of the child under Section 17 of the Care of Children Act 2004 ('the Act'). Under s15 of the Act guardianship of a child is defined as all duties, powers, rights, and responsibilities that a parent of a child has in relation to the child.

Published: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

What Is The Disputes Tribunal And What Can It Do For You?

The Disputes Tribunal was established in 1988 but is if often referred to as the Small Claims Court.

Published: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013 by Aaron Martin

Commercial Leases – What Happens When It's Time to Leave?

Commercial Leases – What Happens When It's Time to Leave?

Most commercial leases contain 'make good' clauses.

Published: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013 by Mike Newdick

Essential Employment Law Updates

Essential Employment Law Updates

Employers - Are you aware of important Redundancy Caselaw?

Published: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013

Estate Planning - Residential Care Loans

Estate Planning - Residential Care Loans

One of the most vexing questions that we face as we get older is how we will provide for ourselves into our retirement.

Published: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013 by John Stirling

Slowly Perhaps, Carefully for Sure: The Wheels of Justice

The wheels of justice often turn surprisingly slowly for some. They also turn carefully however, and care would seem more important. Justice is principally about rightfulness after all, not speediness. But where is the justice in court decisions that arrive so late or at such a cost that they are not worth pursuing in the first place?

Published: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013 by Martin Dillon

Commercial Disputes and Resolutions

Commercial Disputes and Resolutions

"My Dad is tougher than your Dad". Replace "my Dad" with "my lawyer" and the argument sounds just as silly. For commercial disputes, the better primary school lesson is to remember your ABCs: Always Be Cool.

Published: Tue, Jul 30th, 2013 by Martin Dillon

Drug Testing in the Workplace

Drug Testing in the Workplace

According to the 2012 United Nations World Drug Report, New Zealand has comparably high levels of illicit drug taking, particularly cannabis use. There have also been serious concerns highlighted around the use of synthetic cannabis products.

Published: Tue, Jul 30th, 2013

For Richer or Poorer - Contracting Out the Property Relationships Act 1976

For Richer or Poorer - Contracting Out the Property Relationships Act 1976

The Property Relationships Act 1976 ('the Act') is the piece of legislation that governs the classification and division of relationship property upon separation and applies to all relationships including marriages, de facto relationships and same sex relationships.

Published: Tue, Jul 30th, 2013

Introduction of Starting Out Wage

Introduction of Starting Out Wage

From 1 May 2013, 16 and 17 year olds must be paid at not less than 80% of the adult minimum wage.

Published: Tue, Jul 30th, 2013

Leaky Building Update

Leaky Building Update

There have been some important recent developments involving leaky buildings.

Published: Tue, Jul 30th, 2013 by Michael Robinson

NZX50 back to its 2007 high, so is it different this time?

NZX50 back to its 2007 high, so is it different this time?

Having risen 80% since March 2009, the NZX50 is now back at its all-time high from May 2007. We look at some key reasons why today's market is fundamentally different to the exuberance of 2007.

Published: Tue, Apr 9th, 2013

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