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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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Limitation reprieve for unresolved earthquake claims It is a long-standing aspect of the law in New Zealand that court proceedings must be brought within a certain time period after the act or omission that gave rise to the claim, generally six years. This is known as a “limitation period More »
In this edition we look at: Reduced remedies for employees unjustifiably dismissed where a flawed procedure did not change the outcome. Crackdown on breach of employment law requirements: Enforcement action against dairy farmers. Farm bike safety: reminder that helmets must be worn on quad bikes More »
We answered questions about employees breaching enduring obligations following termination of their employment for stuff.co.nz. Q: I've just found out one of my employees has been trying to set up his own company behind my back and I think it would be in direct competition with mine. I also More »
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 received the Royal Assent on 2 July 2015 and will soon become law. The Act will have ramifications for employers and employees who may engage in, or be in receipt of, harmful digital communications at work (also known as cyber bullying). The purpose of More »
The ‘silly season’ is upon us and festive workplace parties are under way. Employers often choose to host holiday work parties to boost morale and to reward employees for their efforts over the past year. Despite those good intentions, employers can face liability for poor behaviour by More »
The bill implementing the next phase of the government’s 'red tape-busting' reforms of key legislation controlling development and environmental protection was introduced into Parliament on 26 November 2015. The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill ( Amendment Bill ) picks up the More »
On 5 October 2015, Trade Ministers of 12 Pacific-rim countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ( TPPA ) announced the formal conclusion of negotiations. The TPPA is a free trade agreement between New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, More »
The recent decision by Ministers Paula Bennett and Louise Upton to decline approval under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 ( Act ) for Pure 100 Farm Limited ( Pure 100 ) to purchase Lochinver Station has generated a significant amount of media commentary. Duncan Cotterill has considerable More »
Amendments to the Construction Contracts Act passed in Parliament yesterday. These changes will affect everyone in the construction industry, from principals to head contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. Key changes being brought into effect are: From 1 December More »
As more information is being kept, used and shared electronically, the risk of that information ending up in the wrong hands is increasing exponentially. So how could you lose your information, what do you need to do when it happens, and how will you pay for it? How is information lost? Information More »
Brian Newbery v AA Insurance Ltd [2015] NZHC 2457 This judgment is for an earthquake case with a difference; it is the first based on a contents policy. Background Mr Newbury and his wife are collectors of Lladro figurines. These were displayed around their home, including on a mantelpiece, in More »
In this edition we look at: Big fines now also for “little” offences: a brief look at how fines for minor effluent discharges are on the increase. Effluent discharge fines and low payouts: we consider the level of effluent fines in view of the current low dairy payouts. Can dairy cows More »
After a number of years in the making, Parliament has now passed the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 ( HSW Act ). The HSW Act will come into force on 4 April 2016. History of the HSW Act In 2013, the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety released a report recommending an overhaul More »

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