The end of the year is near, Christmas is on the horizon, and work is ramping up to the final push before the holidays begin, which is often a peak travel time. Given New Zealand’s geographical location, for many kiwis that travel, flying is an inevitable part of travel. Travelling and ‘the great kiwi OE’… Read More.

Electronic mail (email) has become the main mode of communication in the business world. Email has modified the character of corporate and personal communication. It removes the time and place restrictions previously associated with more traditional methods of communication. When engaging in business correspondence through email people perceive it as an informal mode of communication.… Read More.

We live in a world in which smartphones can track our steps and location, sense light, temperature, and our voice. If cell phone privacy even exists, does a law requiring us to provide access to our cell phones cross the line? The Customs and Excise Act 2018 (the Act) came into force on 1 October… Read More.

Picture this: you own a medium-sized business with some 10 employees. You are busy, stressed and increasingly overwhelmed by the workload. The last thing you have time for is a niggly employment issue. Next thing, you are faced with an employment complaint. Perhaps one employee has made a complaint against another, or an allegation of… Read More.

Trade marks are a great way to product the intellectual property in your business. Once registered, a trade mark gives you the exclusive right to use that mark throughout New Zealand. That gives you confidence to invest in your brand for the long term. What is a trade mark? When people think of trade marks,… Read More.

In November the Land Transfer Act 2017 (‘LTA’) replaced the Land Transfer Act 1952. The purpose of the new Act is to modernise and simplify the law in relation to the transfer and use of land in New Zealand. One of the changes in the LTA will be to allow the registration of covenants ‘in… Read More.

The growth and progress in new forms of technology introduce even more challenges for both employers and employees. The Internet has globalised the business world. Companies engage in numerous transactions and communications through technology every second of the day. It is well recognised that information technology does not adhere to the geographical boundaries that are… Read More.

When considering buying property, you may hear the term ‘easement’. An easement is a legal instrument that gives someone rights to use another person’s land in some specified way. Under the new Land Transfer Act 2017 the terms around easements have been modernised, but the fundamental principles around easements remain unchanged. The new terms emphasise… Read More.