The landscape is changing, with medicinal cannabis now legalised and an upcoming referendum testing the appetite for the legalisation of personal use of cannabis. So, what is the impact on drug testing in the workplace, and the systems that employers already have in place? The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 came into force… Read More.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ('SMEs') selling goods and services often compete in a market where offering credit to their customers is a given. Amongst the predictions of a severe recession, it is timely for SMEs to review their credit policies (insisting on cash upfront or on delivery, where possible) and to ensure that their contracts with… Read More.

The Government has recently passed temporary legislation to help companies facing cashflow difficulties due to COVID-19. Businesses can now place certain debts into ‘hibernation’ while continuing to trade. This supplements more traditional options available to businesses facing solvency issues. Business Debt Hibernation The temporary Business Debt Hibernation (BDH) regime creates another option to help businesses… Read More.

In the context of a global pandemic affecting lives and livelihoods the world over, the focus of most of us has been on those legal matters which are front and centre in our lives. What has perhaps gone under the radar is the impact COVID-19 may have on our trusts and charities, many of which… Read More.

My mother keeps telling me to get an Enduring Power of Attorney but I already have a will and I am young. What is an Enduring Power of Attorney and why do I need one? It’s fantastic that you have a will but a will is very different from an Enduring Power of Attorney. A… Read More.

The Ministry for the Environment along with Stats NZ has released Our Freshwater 2020, summarising updates and reporting on progress on four priority freshwater issues. Our Freshwater 2020 is the latest report on the state of the environment required under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015 (ERA) and builds on Our Freshwater 2017. The purpose of… Read More.

It can be a difficult situation when an employee is affected by a new illness or injury and this is having an impact on that employee’s ability to be at work or perform their job. There are not only immediate obligations on employers where an employee is affected (such as site safety), but also wider… Read More.

In November 2019, the main form that lawyers and real estate agents use for sale and purchase of property changed. The new form incorporates changes in case law, technological changes and better reflects real world practices. The changes we consider most likely to affect clients buying or selling are as follows: Chattels and warranties Under… Read More.