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We publish a wide range of useful information on a regular basis.

  • Cross-Leases. What are they and what implications do they have?

    September 2018

    Historically, cross-leases were a popular form of dividing land for land owners. This is because owners could avoid certain subdivision restrictions and would gain similar results to a formal subdivision under the existing Act, but at a fraction of the price. ...

  • De-Facto relationships or "Friends with Benefits"?

    September 2018

    Whenever I ask clients when their de-facto relationship commenced, the response is often along the lines of “well we’ve been together for about four years, but we’ve only been living together for just over a year”. I often advise my clients ...

  • Back To Basics – What To Look Out For In Your Back-Up Agreement

    September 2018

    What is a Back-up Agreement?When a property is being sold and there is a fully signed Agreement for Sale and Purchase already in place that remains conditional, a back-up Agreement can be entered into with a different purchaser. The back-up Agreement ...

  • Purchaser Due Diligence. Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware!

    September 2018

    A recent High Court case reiterates how vital it is to be thorough in a due diligence investigation and in making the right enquiries prior to committing yourself to any purchase.BackgroundThe Purchaser had entered into an Agreement for the purchase of ...

  • Land Covenants

    September 2018

    When purchasing a property, the Agreement for Sale and Purchase will usually specify that you can make enquiries with the vendor’s solicitor in relation to any of the interests that may be noted on the title. A land covenant is an ...

  • New Rules Regarding Disposal of Residential Property

    June 2018

    “Bright-Line Test Extended to 5 Years”In the Autumn Edition of our Law Report, Toni van Doorn in her article titled “The Bright-Line test – A warning for property investors” warned that the new government is considering a Tax Bill to extend ...

  • Can I Be Banned From Hiring Staff?

    June 2018

    Yes, you can. But we will return to that later. Employment Agreements generally allow for Employees to resign at any point during their employment given that they provide the requisite period of notice provided for in the Employment Agreement. Generally, Employees ...

  • The Sentencing Process In The Criminal Court

    June 2018

    Every day, judges up and down the country sentence people on a wide variety of offences ranging from the trivial to the gravest of crimes. Most of these sentencing exercises pass unnoticed by all but the people directly involved, but from ...

  • Family Trusts

    June 2018

    Family Trusts have been particularly significant since 1993. Anecdotally, it would seem that there are in excess of half a million Family Trusts in New Zealand currently. That is significantly more, per head of population, than for almost every other country. ...

  • Buying Goods Subject to Security

    March 2018

    The “ordinary course of business” exemption.When buying or leasing valuable goods it is important to check that they are not subject to a security interest. Otherwise, the secured party is able to use its security interest to call in the goods ...


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