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Jacqui Lee Joins Turner Hopkins Immigration Team

Jacqui Lee Joins Turner Hopkins Immigration Team

Jacqui Lee has joined Turner Hopkins as an immigration lawyer, working closely with Consultant Aaron Martin.

Published: Sun, Nov 27th, 2016

Retirement - Can You Protect Your Assets Against Means Testing?

Retirement - Can You Protect Your Assets Against Means Testing?

The answer is frequently “yes”, but often not in the way that many people think.

Published: Sun, Nov 27th, 2016 by Lee Harris

Risks of Purchasing Apartments Off Plans

Risks of Purchasing Apartments Off Plans

There has been significant publicity surrounding over 30 Auckland apartment developments where, despite having been sold to purchasers prior to construction, the development is now not proceeding.

Published: Sat, Nov 26th, 2016 by Mike Newdick

9 Great Reasons to Immigrate to New Zealand

9 Great Reasons to Immigrate to New Zealand

Published: Fri, Nov 11th, 2016

Your Lawyer’s Role in a Property Transaction

Your Lawyer’s Role in a Property Transaction

Many kiwis will, during their lifetimes buy and sell property. Property transactions are not simple; nor should they be. The importance and value of a property transaction alone necessitates a degree of complexity and care.

Published: Fri, Sep 16th, 2016 by John Stirling

Kiwisaver Homestart Changes: Hope For Auckland's First Home Buyers?

Kiwisaver Homestart Changes: Hope For Auckland's First Home Buyers?

Recently the government announced an expansion to the eligibility for applicants in relation to KiwiSaver HomeStart grants.

Published: Thu, Sep 15th, 2016 by Daniel Maguire

Turner Hopkins Appoints Phil Shannon as Partner

Turner Hopkins Appoints Phil Shannon as Partner

Turner Hopkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Shannon as its new Commercial and Property Partner. Phil joined the team at Turner Hopkins in mid-July.

Published: Wed, Jul 20th, 2016 by Phil Shannon

How To Avoid Purchasing a P-contaminated Property

How To Avoid Purchasing a P-contaminated Property

P contamination is no longer something that just happens to other people in dodgy parts of town, It's something that all property purchasers now need to consider and take sensible precautions to protect themselves against.

Published: Mon, Jun 20th, 2016 by Lee Harris

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea."  - Thomas Fuller

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea." - Thomas Fuller

Maritime ventures are inherently risky. As well as the unpredictability of the sea itself, maritime ventures are governed by a complex mix of New Zealand legislation, Admiralty Law, International Conventions, and Maritime Rules and Bylaws. Forrester Grant, Maritime Law Specialist at Turner Hopkins, knows how to navigate his way around these shifting legal shoals, and pragmatically helps mariners manage their business risk.

Published: Sat, Jun 18th, 2016 by Forrester Grant

Property Taxation – New Registration Requirements, Oct 2015

Property Taxation – New Registration Requirements, Oct 2015

The Government has recently passed new legislation that from 1 October 2015 all persons selling or purchasing residential land are required to complete a tax statement as part of the transaction.

Published: Mon, Dec 7th, 2015 by Mike Newdick

China Construction Bank - Good News for Chinese Investor Category Applicants

The investment portfolios operated by the CCB have been reviewed by Immigration New Zealand and they have indicated they comply with residence requirements.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Demand For Residence By Investor Category Drives Up Investment Requirement

Demand for New Zealand residence in this category has been escalating and the category has become oversubscribed.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Immigration Investor Categories and Acceptable Investments

If you’re thinking of becoming an Investor category residence visa applicant you need to choose your investment partner wisely.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Immigration roulette - Job Search Work Visas

Nothing is more frustrating for permanent residence applicants who score 140 points without a job offer, being offered a job search work Visa by Immigration New Zealand rather than the residency visa they asked for.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Modern Relationships Incompatible with Immigration Visa Criterion

More couples are forming relationships online when they live in different countries. Consequently an Immigration visa criterion that requires a couple to be living together at the time a visa application is made is becoming increasingly outdated.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Problems Identifying Jobs as Skilled Employment

Significant problems are beginning to appear with the method of assessing whether a job is “skilled employment” under this particular immigration category.

Published: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Building your new home – why include a sunset clause?

Building your new home – why include a sunset clause?

When building a new home, there are several important steps in the process that have potential to delay final completion date.

Published: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015 by Mike Newdick

Changes to the Companies Act 1993

Changes to the Companies Act 1993

Company directors should be aware of the changes to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) that became law on 24 June 2014. Some changes took immediate effect while others will be implemented later this year. This article focuses on two key changes: new criminal offences and registration of companies.

Published: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015 by John Stirling

Wills Are An Important Document In Your Estate Planning

Wills Are An Important Document In Your Estate Planning

A carefully prepared Will prevents a lot of family arguments and can eliminate claims against your estate.

Published: Tue, Jun 30th, 2015

Family Trust Update - Clayton v Clayton

Family Trust Update - Clayton v Clayton

In the recent Court of Appeal decision of Clayton v Clayton a number of trust issues were canvassed. The Case was a relationship property claim.

Published: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015 by John Stirling

Speak No Evil – Nondisparagement Provisions In Employment Settlement Agreements

Speak No Evil – Nondisparagement Provisions In Employment Settlement Agreements

Turner Hopkins is proud to be involved in a reported decision of the Employment Relations Authority.

Published: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015

Anti-Spam Update - Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007

Anti-Spam Update - Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007

Having been in effect for several years, there have now been a number of successful prosecutions under the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 (the “Act”) resulting in fines of up to $500,000 to a company and $200,000 to an individual.

Published: Mon, May 4th, 2015 by Arran Hunt

Staff Profile - Raechel Pedrotti

Staff Profile - Raechel Pedrotti

Raechel joined Turner Hopkins in 1999 and is a valued member of the Estate Planning and Conveyancing Team and is a registered Legal Executive, Fellow of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives Inc.

Published: Mon, May 4th, 2015 by Raechel Pedrotti

The Immigration Amendment Bill number 2 will become law.

The Immigration Amendment Bill number 2 will become law.

The Immigration Amendment Bill number 2 has been passed and will become law.

Published: Mon, May 4th, 2015 by Aaron Martin

Advice for Employers - How to Handle Disciplinary Matters

Advice for Employers - How to Handle Disciplinary Matters

From time to time, issues arise with employees in workplaces that cause employers concern. These issues are many and varied but can include concerns about possible employee misconduct.

Published: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015 by Michael Robinson

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