The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (‘HSWA’) came into effect on 4 April 2016. It took until 22 August 2017 for the first sentencing decision of the District Court to emerge, WorkSafe New Zealand v Budget Plastics (New Zealand) Ltd [2017] NZDC 17395. The second, WorkSafe New Zealand v Rangiora Carpets Ltd [2017]… Read More.

When you’re considering entering into a long-term commitment it makes sense to consider at the start how you would like the assets you both bring to the partnership to be distributed should the relationship end. While most people have heard the term pre-nup, often used in stories about celebrities about to marry, it has unfortunately… Read More.

To: tomsmith@outlook.com <tomsmith@outlook.com>; Hi Tom Please could you pay your deposit on 33 Acacia Avenue to us. I’ve included our bank details at the end of this email. Then we can get the ball rolling. Thanks John Account details: Name:            JJ Law Number:       01-1199-0032118-00 Ref:                 33Acacia John Johnson LLB |Partner JJ Law | 123 High… Read More.

Many of us that purchase products or services online simply tick a box agreeing to the supplier's terms of trade without reading them or giving them a second thought. But those terms of trade can be very important, particularly when a deal goes wrong. Your business should have written terms of trade so you have… Read More.

On 1 September 2017 the new Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 came into force. This Act consolidates 11 contract and commercial statutes 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. It… Read More.

Many contracts include terms such as ‘best endeavours’, ‘reasonable endeavours’, or ‘all reasonable endeavours’? What do these terms mean? What is a party expected to do under these terms? The terms are often misunderstood. However, as a general rule, the terms are used to compel a person to take action to fulfil an obligation or… Read More.

As an employer, you are required by law to ensure you take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of your employees and all those who interact with your workplace or products and services. One of the ways businesses can do this is to have a robust drug and alcohol policy which reflects the laws… Read More.

In the decision of ASG v Harlene Hayne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago [2017] NZSC 59, the Supreme Court upheld earlier findings of the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal that section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011, which allows a court to make a name suppression order forbidding publication of the… Read More.