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  • Changes to the Construction Contracts Act

    December 2017

    A First DecisionThe Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force in April 2017 bringing with it significantly increased penalties for breaches of health and safety duties. Now the first sentencing decision by the District Court under the Act ...

  • New Retentions Regime

    September 2017

    Better Protection for Sub-contractorsThe collapse of Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited (“Mainzeal”) was one of the more significant construction insolvencies in New Zealand. When Mainzeal collapsed, significant retention monies were due or potentially due to various subcontractors. However, Mainzeal did not ...

  • A Warning for Residential Landlords

    September 2017

    Is it a good idea?It is increasingly popular for buyers to enter into an “off-the-plan” agreement to buy a house or an apartment that is yet to be built. When signing an off-the-plan agreement, buyers are more interested in the end ...

  • P/Meth Testing

    September 2017

    An updateOur Autumn 2016 newsletter contained an article regarding the importance of having a property tested for P-contamination prior to purchase. We recommended, in that article, that prospective purchasers make Agreements for Sale and Purchase of a property conditional upon the ...

  • Purchasing a Residential Property

    September 2017

    It's a risky business Buying a property, be it your first home or a family bach, is a big decision. The right lawyer will make that decision a little bit easier. The agreement for sale and purchase of Real Estate is ...

  • Changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney

    June 2017

    Law changes have come into effect with respect to Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPOA/s”) under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act. These new changes include: New forms and layout; New notes, information and option sections; Less restrictive requirements for mutual appointments ...

  • Penalty for breach of Confidential Settlement Agreement

    June 2017

    The Employment Court has recently imposed a penalty of $7,500 on Sky City Management Limited (“Sky City”) having found Sky City to have breached a confidential settlement agreement signed by a mediator in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Relations ...

  • Shifting Sands

    June 2017

    In the leading Property (Relationships) Act case of Clayton v Clayton the Court of Appeal (2015) & Supreme Court (2016) found that Mr Clayton’s powers under a Trust was relationship property, and this meant that Mrs Clayton had a relationship property ...

  • The Sorry Tale of a Family Trust

    June 2017

    "This is a sorry tale of what can occur when a family adopts an inappropriate form of trust deed without adequate advice or sufficient understanding of the legal effect of its terms.”- Dobson J begins his judgment in McLaren v McLaren ...

  • Property Transactions

    March 2017

    Buying and selling property can be stressful, especially since the process is new and unfamiliar for most people. To help you better understand the process and to take some of the stress out of it, here is a basic overview of ...


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