There are over 25,000 charities registered with Charities Services in New Zealand. Most of these organisations operate as charitable trusts. Whatever their size, charitable trusts are dependent upon the energy and commitment of their trustees. The purpose of this article is to outline some of the issues you need to think about if you are… Read More.

Social media has become a part of everyday life. Problems arise when employees or ex-employees add their workmates as social media ‘friends’, and post disparaging comments about their employer and/or workmates or breach confidentiality. Bidvest New Zealand Ltd v Vivian [2015] NZERA Wellington 101 In this case, Mr Vivian posted that he had ‘got paid… Read More.

In 2015 an array of amendments was made to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA), to be implemented in three stages, namely on 1 December 2015, 1 September 2016, and 31 March 2017. Stage 1 amendments Previously, if a matter was referred to adjudication only payment dispute determinations could be enforced via Court. However, as… Read More.

Townhouse and apartment living has become more prevalent in New Zealand in recent years, particularly in the larger cities of Auckland and Wellington, with multi-unit developments comprising 40 per cent of new builds in 2016. Growth in this area has put the existing legislation, which governs the ownership and management of Unit Titles, to the… Read More.

The Supreme Court in Erceg v Erceg [2017] NZSC 28 has confirmed the court's important role in supervising trustee decisions to not disclose information to beneficiaries. In clarifying the court's supervisory role, this decision should assist beneficiaries in holding trustees to account. Erceg replaces the Privy Council decision of Schmidt v Rosewood Trust Ltd [2003]… Read More.

On 16 February 2017 the Contract and Commercial Law Bill passed its third reading. The Bill consolidates 11 contract and commercial acts into a single piece of legislation. The drafters have also taken the opportunity to update the legislation to simplify the language used and make it more accessible and easier to understand. The Bill… Read More.

The problem for sufferers of occupational overuse syndrome is that from both a medical and legal perspective, it is difficult to differentiate between psychological and physiological pain. Pain is a subjective issue. At one end of occupational overuse syndrome, there will be clear evidence of a sprain or strain involved with carpal tunnel syndrome. At… Read More.

People can get understandably touchy about their good name. This extends to the business world, where reputation can be everything. So when Danish-Norwegian Eurodance group Aqua struck it big in 1997 with their chart-topping hit Barbie Girl, Mattel – maker of the Barbie fashion doll – were pretty upset about it. The doll maker argued… Read More.