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We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.

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On Monday, 6 April 2020 applications opened for the Government’s COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support scheme. This scheme is available for essential businesses to pay their employees who: Cannot come into work because Ministry of Heath guidelines recommend they stay at home; and Cannot More »
As of 26 March 2020 it is only essential services on site construction work that is permitted to continue. This is defined as works which: relate to essential services e.g. hospitals and supermarkets; relate to critical infrastructure; or are needed to maintain human health and safety at home or More »
Commercial landlords and tenants across New Zealand are currently negotiating changes to lease terms, including in relation to rents. While tax considerations are unlikely at the present time to be a priority, the outcome of these negotiations may have a tax timing impact and be either advantageous More »
New Zealand businesses are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we adapt to Alert Level 4, it is important to remind ourselves that, while privacy laws do not hinder measures taken in the fight against COVID-19, even in these exceptional times, businesses must ensure the More »
With the country now under Level 4 of the COVID-19 pandemic levels at 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March, the question of what is now an essential service (and relatedly, an essential business) is crucial. All non-essential businesses must now be closed and all New Zealanders not in essential services More »
Farming is considered an essential service and is permitted to continue to operate over the lockdown period. Maintaining the supply chain is important for both New Zealand and the export market. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requires all businesses of more than five or more people ( More »
How does lockdown impact your responsibilities as a resource consent holder? Relevant industries: Construction, Quarrying, Industrial, and Farming With Alert Level 4 restrictions now in place – and only 48 hours to prepare for lockdown – questions arise for those operations that are not More »
The Government’s announcement that New Zealand would be entering a nationwide lockdown for at least four weeks has created significant uncertainty for families with shared care arrangements. The message from the Government has been clear; movement of people needs to be reduced and contact More »
As the country entered into an Alert Level 4 “lockdown” at 11:59 on Wednesday, 25 March, landlords and tenants of commercial properties are asking questions about what this means for their leases. Under Alert Level 4, many tenants will be unable to run their businesses from their More »
Primary industries and some suppliers to them have been deemed an essential service, however they will need to follow strict rules to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is requiring assurances from industries and businesses which intend to continue to operate More »
The Government and Commerce Commission yesterday both issued statements to recognise the greater need for commercial cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The underlying concern is to allay fears that strict competition rules might get in the way of legitimate and common-sense collaboration in More »
The World Health Organisation has declared the COVID-19 a global epidemic. The impact of this on the construction industry calls for an assessment of contractual obligations and liabilities of principals, contractors and subcontractors alike. Most contracts will include provisions that look to More »
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is an infectious disease and a workplace hazard that organisations need to manage like any other health or safety hazard in the workplace. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSW Act) imposes duties on persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), which will More »
While many businesses have been signing electronically for some time, the current environment has a number of businesses seeking clarity on what they can and cannot sign electronically. Part 4 of the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 ( CCLA ) (previously the Electronic Transactions Act 2002) More »
New Zealand's capital markets regulators are responding to the impact of COVID-19. Here's what you need to know: NZX Class Waiver - Periodic Reporting The timing requirements for the release of full year and half year results announcements and annual reports can be extended for NZX listed More »
Preparations for dealing with COVID-19 are underway in businesses across New Zealand. But what happens to any court proceedings that are currently underway, or are about to be? Existing proceedings? At present, there is no change to existing procedures. All courts are operating normally. The courts More »

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