COMMERCIAL eSPEAKING ISSUE 44 | SPRING 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:09+12:00October 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+12:00July 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+12:00June 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+12:00June 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+12:00April 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+12:00April 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+12:00April 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+12:00February 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.

COMMERCIAL eSPEAKING ISSUE 42 | SUMMER 2016

2017-05-22T21:35:11+12:00January 29th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Creditors of Insolvent Companies
2. New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
3. Business Briefs

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The Fences & Kerbs case may help you

As we approach the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in what is known as the Fences & Kerbs case1 where three appeals were heard and ruled on together by the Supreme Court, we revisit the significance of the decision for creditors of insolvent companies and voidable transactions.

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 19 | SUMMER 2015

2017-05-22T21:35:12+12:00January 15th, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Be Careful with Long-term Contracts
2. Company or Trust?
3. Over the Fence

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Be Careful with Long-term Contracts

Many contractual relationships last for years and, over time, the parties may forget, or change, their understanding of what was originally agreed.

FINEPRINT ISSUE 68 | SUMMER 2015

2017-05-22T21:35:12+12:00January 2nd, 2016|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Legal Health Check for Businesses
2. Getting your Personal Affairs in Order
3. Teenagers and Alcohol
4. Ensuring Sufficient Feed for Stock When Buying a Farm
5. Postscript

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Legal Health Check for Businesses

Another trading year is almost at an end. You concentrated on increasing business income, you’ve built (or improved) your business systems, you believed in yourself and your product/service and profits have improved.

Trust eSPEAKING ISSUE 21 | SPRING 2015

2017-05-22T21:35:12+12:00October 4th, 2015|Newsletters|

In this issue

1. Should you change your trustees?
2. Worthy causes
3. Trusts Update

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Should you change your trustees?

If you set up your trust some years ago, it may be time to consider whether the trustees you appointed are still right for the role. Does a trustee wish to retire? Should you consider changing the trustees of your trust?

Rural eSPEAKING ISSUE 17 | AUTUMN 2015

2017-05-22T21:35:12+12:00April 15th, 2015|Newsletters|

In this issue [1. Buying Rural Property ] [2. Easements on Rural Land] [3. Over the Fence] Download Entire PDF

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BUYING RURAL PROPERTY

When buying any business, assets or property it’s important to undertake a due diligence investigation into what you are looking to buy. If you’re buying rural property, it comes with its own unique set of issues for which you need to take particular care.

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