June 2018 The Me Too movement and the use of its hashtag on social media has changed the way many employers should view the workplace environment. There is no question that many of the stories of assaults and harassment including sexual harassment that have emerged are truly shocking, and abusive behaviour needs to be stamped… Read More.

June 2018 Many people assume when they have entered into a binding record of settlement to resolve an employment relationship problem, that will be an end of the matter, other than for enforcement purposes. Well, not always so. It is well established that records of settlement must specify exactly what the legal issues are that… Read More.

June 2018 New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (we will call it the AML/CFT law). The purpose of the law reflects New Zealand's commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community.… Read More.

March 2018 The search for your first home or investment property is an incredibly exciting but often daunting process. There are a number of factors to consider before finding the property that is right for you, and it pays to be as organised as possible to ensure that you can act quickly when the perfect… Read More.

March 2018 Succession planning is a vital task for the long term success of any family farming business, but it can be a daunting exercise. The following article considers four possible succession structures commonly used by farming families. 1.       Trusts Perhaps the most well-known option, placing farming property into a trust, provides the following benefits:… Read More.

March 2018 Our clients regularly present us with novel situations (the spice of life is always welcome!). Some of these involve the law around rapid advances in technology and the consumerism that follows. With such change, we find ourselves researching an ever-evolving range of laws that have been developed to meet the new world. Think… Read More.

March 2018 Many family assets in New Zealand are owned by a family trust. The trustees of such trusts must comply with a wide range of duties and obligations. This article considers one of those duties, the trustee duty of impartiality, and what this duty means in practice, particularly when trustees want to distribute trust… Read More.

March 2018 Legislation introduced by the Government at the end of last year and expected to be passed soon will tighten the rules around foreign ownership of residential property. In the main, only New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens or New Zealand permanent residents who satisfy certain conditions will have the right to buy a home… Read More.