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  • Falling Tree = A Duty of Care

    March 2019

    During high winds in January 2014, a tall century-old poplar tree located on land belonging to the Queenstown Lakes District Council snapped at its base and fell onto a motel owned by Plaza Investments Limited.  Extensive damage was caused to Plaza’s ...

  • Care Required with Trial Periods in employment agreements

    March 2019

    Under the provisions of the Employment Relations Act (“the Act”), parties to an employment agreement can agree upon a trial period of up to 90 days from the commencement of employment, provided the employer has not previously employed the employee.  In ...

  • You Need A Will

    March 2019

    Recent statistics highlight that too many adults in New Zealand do not have a Will. We see the problems and the additional costs that canarise for the family when a person dies without a Will.Wills are intended to cover not only ...

  • Landlord Ordered To Renew Lease

    December 2018

    Commercial landlords and tenants should be conscious of the Court’s wide powers under the Property Law Act 2007 in ordering a renewal of a lease in circumstances where the Court thinks fit to create justice.BackgroundThe recent High Court case of Wendco ...

  • Ashes to Ashes

    December 2018

    De facto relationships and claims after deathThis article follows the article entitled “De facto relationships or friends with benefits?” by Anesha Dhanji in our Spring 2018 Law Report. It represents another case where there was a difference of opinion as to whether ...

  • Elder Abuse

    December 2018

    In past years there have been some shocking cases (Quinn, Heppell, Taylor) of caregiver abuse and neglect by family members which led to jail sentences.Recent examplesA recent Court case of elder abuse is a reminder for those appointed in Enduring Powers ...

  • 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 ...

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