[Winter 2012] As farmland becomes more expensive and rental returns from leasing increase, farm leasing is becoming more attractive and prevalent. Farm owners looking to retire or work less now see leasing as a viable alternative to sale. Leasing provides a fixed income and protection against the inevitable fluctuations in return in the farming sector.… Read More.

[Winter 2012] It is worthwhile reviewing the risks of defamation in the electronic age, as some people have the misconception that the rules of defamation don’t apply to the internet. Another common misconception is that defamation is only relevant to the rich and famous and need not concern ordinary folk. By way of general background… Read More.

[Winter 2012] Good governance must include legal compliance, business competence and ethical standards. The prosecution of directors for their part in finance company collapses has highlighted these essentials. The key question with all board decision-making is not what can be done? but what should be done? Corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a… Read More.

[Winter 2012] Common sense says that before you sign a contract, you should read it and make sure you understand what you are signing. You may be surprised to learn how infrequently this happens. This is especially so when the contracting parties have an established trading relationship. In a High Court case in Palmerston North,… Read More.