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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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The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passed under urgency on 5 August 2020. It will now be sent for Royal Assent to become law. The Bill makes significant changes which landlords of residential properties will need to be aware of. These changes are due to come into force six months after the More »
Click here to view partner Hamish Walker, senior associate Kate Mitchell and senior associate Alysha Hinton discuss the new Trusts Act, which comes into force on 30 January 2021. They will address whether you still need a trust, what your obligations are, beneficiary information and next steps. For More »
Insurance is absolutely crucial, and when borrowing from lenders to complete a house purchase, it is compulsory. Lenders will not allow a loan drawdown without written confirmation that appropriate and sufficient insurance cover is in place. Usually there is replacement insurance relating to fire, More »
Signing documents that bind a company to obligations and potential liability is a key aspect of being a director of a company. It is part of the role when a director is guiding and running the company. While shareholders are required to ratify major transactions and key decisions, day to day, the More »
A sole trader is a common ownership structure that can be used to operate a small business. The main operator of the business may be one person, supported by a family member such as a spouse. Operating a business may be risky if the right asset protection and insurance is not in place to support More »
The word caveat is Latin and translates to “let him or her beware”. A caveat can be lodged against someone’s property title to protect the lodging party’s right or interest in the property and it prevents the registered owner of the property from selling, mortgaging, and More »
Building a house can be a stressful, expensive and intimidating prospect for both new and experienced customers. As such, ensuring you are aware of not only your rights and obligations, but also those of the builder, is crucial. Prior to even hiring a builder, you should complete your own due More »
The government has recently made changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (the “Act”) to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing within various businesses and professions (including lawyers, accountants and real estate agents). The Act More »
The law relating to the division of relationship property is something that a significant number of New Zealanders deal with at some point during their lifetime, when entering into a contracting out agreement at the start of a relationship, splitting property at the end of a relationship, or even More »
When purchasing a property, obtaining a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report from the relevant council is strongly recommended. A LIM report provides all the documents that a council has on records for a property. Each LIM report contains different information, as some properties may be new More »
If you buy a property at a mortgagee sale, be aware that you are entering a contract that is quite different in its nature to an agreement entered into in other circumstances. The agreement is likely to be weighed heavily in the mortgagee’s favour because mortgagee sales involve factors More »
Having enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) and a will in place is important for every adult whatever their age. A will is a legal document that lets you decide how you want your property, care for your dependants (partner, children etc.) and your body to be dealt with after you die. EPAs allow you More »
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 requires landlords to provide and maintain rental properties in a reasonable state of repair for the tenants. When deciding what is a ‘reasonable state of repair’ one must consider the age and character of the property and how long it’s likely to More »
This resource has been collated from the Institute of Directors panel event on succession planning, hosted by Duncan Cotterill. Our panellists have provided guidance for directors assisting owners, managers and shareholders with succession planning in small and medium size businesses. Why is More »
Amid the exhilaration of pending nuptials, couples often overlook important legal ‘housekeeping’ matters that should be attended to prior to the big day. Here are two items to add to your ‘to do’ list: Your will But I already have a valid will, you say… The law makes More »
This week the Herald highlighted the increasing problem of P contamination in residential properties throughout New Zealand. The Herald went as far to argue it could rival the leaky homes disaster, and whether or not this is true, the issue is seemingly on the rise. Housing New Zealand spends $12 More »
The Independent Hearings Panel is continuing to make progress towards the proposed Replacement Christchurch District Plan (“Replacement Plan”) becoming operative. With plenty going on at the end of 2015, and much having happened in the first few weeks of 2016, now is an opportune time More »

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