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We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.

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For many directors and business owners, corporate governance is a background function that is secondary to the day to day operations of the company. For those whom strong corporate governance is an ingrained way of life, independent non-executive director positions may follow with other larger, More »
Recent cases in the Employment Court and Employment Relations Authority have seen employees receiving increased awards for hurt and humiliation compensation. Until recently, the quantum of awards had not changed significantly over the past 20 years. For the 2013-2016 period compensatory awards for More »
A new Privacy Bill has been tabled in Parliament. It introduces some small but notable changes to the privacy regulatory framework in New Zealand. The Bill (once passed) will affect your business. Its passage through the parliamentary process is one you should keep an eye on. Below is a summary of More »
‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but woven into the lives of others.’ Pericles - elected Strategos of Athens, 494-429 BCE These words were said by Pericles during his leadership of Athens, when his city was left in ruins after the devastating More »
In the context of resource consent applications, people often consider themselves to be affected by activities occurring in close proximity to their properties. However, whether a person is “an affected person” under the resource management act is a complex question – there is no More »
Plantation forestry is the third largest primary sector in New Zealand with significant economic and social benefits; however it has the potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment. Currently, forestry related activities are controlled by rules in district and regional plans. More »
Once again the farming community in the Mackenzie Basin is grappling with what impact a new plan change is likely to have on their operations and livelihoods. Immediately prior to Christmas the Mackenzie District Council notified plan change 18 – Indigenous Biodiversity. Plan change 18 More »
As anyone involved in the rural industry will know, the impacts of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) cattle disease are likely to be far reaching; regardless of whether it will eventually be eradicated or not. First found in the country in Oamaru in July 2017, M. bovis has to date been found on 25 More »
If you are a licensed asbestos removalist, or you or your business owns or occupies a building containing asbestos, you will need to ensure that you are complying with the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 when they come into full force on 4 April 2018. Owners and occupiers of More »
The Mackenzie Basin: Opportunities for agency alignment report was released earlier this week. The report comes on the back of the Environment Court’s Eleventh Decision where Judge Jackson opined that there is a strong ecological (and economic) case for an immediate moratorium on freeholding More »
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment have issued a media release calling for farmers to ensure they provide minimum employment entitlements to employees and keep proper records. The Labour Inspectorate has recently handed out significant fines to some farmers, and more farmers will be More »
When should Executors advise family members about a person’s death or their right to bring a claim against an Estate under the Family Protection Act? That is a difficult question, and one that can sometimes arise during administration. After all, it is not unusual for clients to remove family More »
The Government has introduced a new bill to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000. The proposals focus on two key areas: employee rights and union rights. While the proposal includes some new initiatives, a significant number of the changes are a roll-back of changes enacted by the previous More »
Nowadays sports headlines outing athletes for doping are no longer a rarity. The use of banned substances in sport is a well-publicised issue and one that has plagued elite sports since the Ancient Greeks tried all manner of herbs, hallucinogens and opiates to gain an edge over their competitors [1 More »
Late last week the Government introduced the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill into Parliament, the main focus of which is to bring “residential land” within the ambit of the Overseas Investment Act 2005, in accordance with previous Government announcements. The Bill is expected to be More »
As holiday season officially begins and with many businesses due to close down over the Christmas period, it is important for employers to ensure that they are meeting their obligations under the Holidays Act 2003. This is particularly important for businesses with employees who work fluctuating or More »

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