FINEPRINT ISSUE 71 | SUMMER 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:07+13:00February 15th, 2017|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Do all your Employees have Employment Agreements?
2. Letting your Holiday House
3. Why is There Name Suppression in Court?
4. Ni Hao: Doing business with Chinese investors
5. Holiday Care Disputes Involving Children
6. Postscript

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Do all your Employees have Employment Agreements?

A recent report from Statistics New Zealand suggests that nearly 1 in 10 employees do not have a written employment agreement. Of those who do have written employment agreements, it’s probably fair to say that a proportion of those are not up-to-date.

COMMERCIAL eSPEAKING ISSUE 45 | SUMMER 2017

2017-10-13T20:59:27+13:00January 18th, 2017|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. What to do When the Earth has Moved
2. Greater Focus on Lender Responsibility for Consumer Credit
3. Business Briefs

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What to do When the Earth has Moved

The recent Kaikoura earthquake was yet another reminder of the volatile and unpredictable nature of the land on which we all live. As we have seen, even earthquakes that don’t cause widespread destruction and/or loss of life can have a major impact on businesses and property owners. We set out below some guidance on points to keep in mind if you own, or are a tenant in, a commercial building potentially affected by earthquake damage.

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 22 | SUMMER 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:07+13:00December 19th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Health and Safety, and Personal Trusteeships – Not a good mix these days
2. Due Diligence – Check the primary documents
3. Over the Fence

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Health and Safety, and Personal Trusteeships – Not a good mix these days

In the past, articles in Rural eSpeaking have covered the issue of personal liability for trustees, and the dangers facing independent or professional trustees who have little day-to-day involvement in the running of their trust.

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 23 | SPRING 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:07+13:00October 19th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Beneficiaries’ entitlement to trust information
2. Trusts under attack by former spouses and partners
3. Foreign trusts: Tightening up the rules

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Beneficiaries’ entitlement to 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 obligation, and the beneficiary’s corresponding rights.

COMMERCIAL eSPEAKING ISSUE 44 | SPRING 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:09+13:00October 18th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Important changes in construction law now in force
2. Directors’ duties – how far is far enough?
3. Business Briefs

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Important changes in construction law now in force

Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) sets out a number of duties and obligations on both those commissioning building work, and those undertaking it. It’s designed to ensure prompt payment of invoices from contractors, and that disputes are identified and resolved quickly and cost-effectively. If you provide or commission building work, it’s essential to be familiar with this legislation.

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 21 | WINTER/SPRING 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:09+13:00July 18th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Obligations of working dog owners
2. Providing accommodation to your farm staff?
3. Over the Fence

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Obligations of working dog owners

Most farmers will agree that working dogs play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of a successful farm. So it’s important that you’re fully aware of your legal obligations and responsibilities associated with owning working dogs. If you don’t, there’s a risk of substantial fines and possibly a conviction.

FINEPRINT ISSUE 70 | WINTER 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:10+13:00June 29th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Protecting the elderly
2. Easements
3. Ni Hao: Doing business with Chinese investors
4. Drinking and driving – don’t do it
5. Postscript

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Protecting the elderly

People often find themselves looking after someone else’s money or property under an enduring power of attorney (EPA) but they are unsure what they are supposed to do. A recent High Court decision1 demonstrates the risks of ignoring the strict duties which are imposed. Although this is an actual case the names have been changed for privacy reasons.

COMMERCIAL eSPEAKING ISSUE 43 | WINTER 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:10+13:00June 12th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Do you really need all that paper?
2. Who’d be in business?
3. Business Briefs

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Do you really need all that paper?

The way we live our lives and operate our businesses is always changing. Amongst the biggest changes is the move to electronic communication and information. Despite its potential for quick, efficient communication and the reduction in the need for paper and storage, ironically, many people find themselves surrounded by more paper than ever!

FINEPRINT ISSUE 69 | AUTUMN 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:10+13:00April 22nd, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Protecting Shareholder Advances and Guarantees
2. Changing Landscape in the Workplace
3. Are We in a De Facto Relationship?
4. Cyberbullying – stopping the trolls
5. Postscript

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Protecting Shareholder Advances and Guarantees

All too often shareholders overlook the need to properly secure the advances they make to their company, or the guarantees they grant in favour of their company, without being aware of the consequences that can result from this oversight. By registering security over the assets of their company, shareholders can effectively and efficiently secure their advances to that company and feel assured that steps have been taken to safeguard their investment.

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 22 | AUTUMN 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:10+13:00April 6th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Increase in Claims on Estates
2. Your Will
3. Parallel Trusts

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Increase in Claims on Estates

In December 2015 the Sunday Star Times reported on a dispute amongst the members of the Ropati family in respect of their mother’s estate. The article contains the following statements...

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 20 | AUTUMN 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:11+13:00April 4th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Health and Safety at Work
2. Time to Fence Those Waterways!
3. Over the Fence

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Health and Safety at Work

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force on Monday, 4 April this year. Since the Pike River tragedy thrust workplace health and safety firmly into the limelight we have published several articles outlining the likely changes to health and safety law.

Property eSPEAKING ISSUE 20 | SPRING SUMMER 2015

2017-05-22T21:35:11+13:00February 4th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. The Bright-line Test
2. Look Before you Leap into a Contract
3. Property Briefs

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The Bright-line Test

In our Winter edition (page 4) we noted the government’s proposed property taxation changes and ‘bright-line’ test. The legislation has now come into force and those changes are in effect; both parties to an Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate dated on or after 1 October 2015 need to be aware of their new obligations.