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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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Click here to view our employment update video that addresses issues employers will need to grapple with when the Government’s Alert Level 4 lockdown ends. Topics covered include: Post lockdown working arrangements What happens if there is not enough work Complying with the COVID-19 wage More »
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s Alert Level 4 Lockdown has created a uniquely challenging landscape for employers to navigate. Not only does it present an extremely trying set of commercial circumstances, it has also given rise to novel employment law issues which even experts have More »
As with other areas of law, the impacts of the fight against COVID-19 have impacted the rights of brand owners. Intellectual property offices and courts around the world have adapted their procedures to account for the restrictions enforced by the pandemic. Here are 5 ways in which New Zealand and More »
The Government has announced that New Zealand will move to Level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown response from 11.59pm Monday April 27. This will allow construction work that has been on hold to resume, or for new work to start. There will however be significant requirements in place to ensure that this More »
Details have been released about what COVID-19 Alert Level Three will mean, allowing businesses to make plans before the change in level is announced. The main message is that movement is still significantly restricted; New Zealanders are being asked to still stay mainly at home in their bubble, More »
The Report of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission , chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright, was tabled in Parliament on 9 April 2020. The Public Inquiry The Public Inquiry began its work in November 2018, under terms of reference which required it: “to investigate and report on the More »
COVID-19 will undoubtedly have a significant impact on businesses in New Zealand and will naturally result in many employers needing to look at restructuring and redundancies. Government COVID-19 wage subsidy The Government is offering a wage subsidy to assist employers who are struggling with the More »
Does an employer have to pay the subsidy (and/or more) to an employee who is struck overseas? The COVID-19 pandemic has stranded tens of thousands of people, with border closures here in New Zealand and overseas. The New Zealand border is closed to most travellers but New Zealand citizens and More »
The Government has announced substantial changes to the Companies Act 1993 ( Companies Act ), which are designed to support businesses struggling as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and the Level 4 Government-imposed lockdown. The aim of these changes is to preserve business and to help companies More »
New Zealand businesses are facing unprecedented risk and financial uncertainty due to COVID-19. A significant aspect of this financial distress relates to the legal status of debts during the lockdown period – both as a creditor and a debtor. While the Government’s official advice has More »
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 »

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