March 2022 The Employment Relations Authority’s decision ordering Tova O’Brien to comply with her restraint of trade was a high-profile rebuttal of the public perception that a restraint of trade is ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’. Restraints of trade – which are clauses that prevent an employee from working for their former employer’s… Read More.

March 2022 What is it? Buying a property that has not yet been built, or is in the process of being built, is commonly called buying ‘off the plans’. There are quite a few differences compared to buying a property that already exists. Buying off the plans is often a way to buy into a… Read More.

March 2022 The Incorporated Societies Bill has progressed further through Parliament after completing the select committee process. The Incorporated Societies Bill will replace the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 which is over one hundred years old. This Bill will provide a much-needed update to New Zealand’s incorporated societies laws and bring some significant changes for how… Read More.

March 2022 Employers looking to employ skilled migrant workers will be impacted by this year’s introduction of the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) - a new temporary work visa that opens to applications from employers on 9 May 2022 and to applications from migrants on 4 July 2022. This change will impact many employers, in… Read More.

March 2022 The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill which seeks to rapidly accelerate the supply of housing in urban areas has been passed into law. From August 2022, councils will be forced to allow townhouses of up to three storeys with up to three dwellings on almost all residential sites… Read More.

November 2021 When you are entering into a new venture the opportunities seem endless and everyone is positive about goals and working relationships. However, as we unfortunately see so often, things do not always go to plan. A well drafted shareholder agreement can be worth its weight in gold when working relationships sour. A shareholder… Read More.

November 2021 As we near the end of 2021, a number of long anticipated amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 (CCCFA) are coming into force. The purpose of these amendments is to raise the standard of lenders and to better protect consumers from harmful lending practices. The five key changes are… Read More.

November 2021 How does our society value specific types of work? There is no single answer to that question, but with threats of strike action on the horizon issues such as pay equity are at the forefront of industrial action for a number of sectors of the workforce. The Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 came… Read More.