Picture this: you own a medium-sized business with some 10 employees. You are busy, stressed and increasingly overwhelmed by the workload. The last thing you have time for is a niggly employment issue. Next thing, you are faced with an employment complaint. Perhaps one employee has made a complaint against another, or an allegation of… Read More.

Trade marks are a great way to product the intellectual property in your business. Once registered, a trade mark gives you the exclusive right to use that mark throughout New Zealand. That gives you confidence to invest in your brand for the long term. What is a trade mark? When people think of trade marks,… Read More.

In November the Land Transfer Act 2017 (‘LTA’) replaced the Land Transfer Act 1952. The purpose of the new Act is to modernise and simplify the law in relation to the transfer and use of land in New Zealand. One of the changes in the LTA will be to allow the registration of covenants ‘in… Read More.

The growth and progress in new forms of technology introduce even more challenges for both employers and employees. The Internet has globalised the business world. Companies engage in numerous transactions and communications through technology every second of the day. It is well recognised that information technology does not adhere to the geographical boundaries that are… Read More.

When considering buying property, you may hear the term ‘easement’. An easement is a legal instrument that gives someone rights to use another person’s land in some specified way. Under the new Land Transfer Act 2017 the terms around easements have been modernised, but the fundamental principles around easements remain unchanged. The new terms emphasise… Read More.

The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill has recently been assented to. It will become law from 1 April 2019, and makes three key changes that employers and employees should know about. These are: employees who are affected by domestic violence can request paid domestic violence leave; such employees can also make a request for… Read More.

Are you moving out of town or sending goods anytime soon? If the answer to this question is yes, you may want some insight as to what happens if your goods get damaged during freight and what you can do about it. Are you covered? The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 governs the various… Read More.

  The recent enforced receivership of national construction firm Ebert Construction has thrust receiverships back into the spotlight. With some 95 staff laid off and creditors owed around $40 million, the consequences of a high-profile company being forced into a receivership are apparent. Nonetheless, many people involved in the construction industry, and the general public,… Read More.