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The Construction Landscape in New Zealand

Written by Nick Gillies on December 22nd, 2015.

It is now widely accepted that New Zealand is in the midst of the largest construction boom in 40 years.  For anyone working in or providing professional services to the construction sector.........written by Nick Gillies

Insurance Case Law Update

Written by Christina Bryant, Nick Gillies, Anna King, Nina Thomson, Mary Battersby and Richard Belcher on December 17th, 2015.

In this insurance law update, we summarise significant decisions released in the second half of 2015.  
Topics: Insurance Law

New Tax Statement Forms Causing Confusion for both Practitioners and Clients Alike

Written by Joanne Chilvers on December 15th, 2015.

The questions contained in the new Tax Statements are causing confusion for both clients and conveyancing practitioners alike.  The information required to be included in a tax statement is set out in sections 156(A)-156(J) of the Land Transfer Act 1952. 

Building Product Manufacturers and Duties of Care

Written by Nick Gillies and Anna King on December 10th, 2015.

Last year the High Court[1] refused to strike out a negligence claim that a designer, manufacturer and supplier of building materials owed a duty of care to the ultimate property owner.  That decision has been upheld on appeal ..........
[1] [2014] NZHC 681

Avoiding and Resolving Construction Disputes

Written by Nick Gillies on November 17th, 2015.

In New Zealand, construction is one of the larger sectors of the economy, contributing more than 6% of GDP and employing over 170,000.  At present, the sector is enjoying exceptional growth – at levels not been seen in 40 years.


Is Your Home Held in a Family Trust? - The New Tax Changes Affect You!

Written by Joanne Chilvers on October 28th, 2015.

The Government’s announced law changes dealing with taxation of property came into effect on 1 October 2015 and will have a significant impact on all property owners who hold their family home in a trust....Written by Joanne Chilvers

Selecting and Tailoring Dispute Resolution Clauses

Written by Nick Gillies on October 7th, 2015.

Dispute resolution clauses are often relegated to the end of contractual negotiations or standard “boilerplates” are included with little or no thought as to their appropriateness....written by Nick Gillies

Fact or Fiction: Health & Safety Edition

Written by Jim Roberts & Michael O'Brien on September 15th, 2015.

Health and safety reform: a lot of attention has been given, but what’s actually changing?


Employment Law Changes Ahead

Written by Sarah Holderness on September 7th, 2015.

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill (Bill), recently introduced to Parliament by the Government, proposes a raft of changes across employment legislation.
Topics: Employment Law

66 Bottles of Beer ...

Written by Jim Roberts on August 18th, 2015.

Holding a union delegate responsible for 66 bottles of beer can be discrimination.  So says the Court of Appeal.  Is discrimination the new frontier?
Topics: Employment Law

The disciplinary dance – don’t miss a step!

Written by Jim Roberts & Alison Maelzer on August 6th, 2015.

Once an employer has investigated allegations of misconduct, and reached the conclusion that yes, the employee has indeed done what they were accused of, it is tempting to race to the finish line, and just issue the warning or dismissal.  However, employers need to take a breath, and make sure that the employee gets an opportunity to comment on the proposed sanction before it is decided.
Topics: Employment Law

Construction team features in Business North

Written by Nick Gillies on August 6th, 2015.

Our construction team has been featured in the August 2015 edition of Business North, commenting on New Zealand’s current building boom.  The article outlines reasons for the increase in demand, upcoming changes to the legal landscape and the emerging trend of alliancing as an alternative procurement model.  Check out the online edition of Business North (page 59) as well as our earlier note for more detail. 

Here we go again...the next steps towards the new health and safety legislation

Written by Michael O'Brien on July 30th, 2015.

After some 16 months of consideration, 226 submissions, and 2 extensions, the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has finally released its report on the Health and Safety Reform Bill. 

Enforcing Employment Standards – finally some teeth!

Written by Alison Maelzer on July 21st, 2015.

For a long time, enforcement of employment standards has been a bit of the proverbial slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket. However, things are about to get quite a lot tougher for employers who intentionally break the rules around minimum wage, leave, and record-keeping
Topics: Employment Law

Safety - Get Your Employees Involved!

Written by Jim Roberts and Alison Maelzer on July 13th, 2015.

As you are no doubt aware, once again, the Health and Safety Reform Bill has been delayed, with the Select Committee now due to report back on 24 July 2015.  Rumours are swirling with regard to the reasons for the delay, and speculation about a possible split in caucus with regard to the ‘workability’ of the current Bill.  Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Woodhouse has stated that the government’s priority is to the get the legislation right, and he makes “no apologies for ensuring we take the time we need to land this reform in the right place”.  Similarly, Prime Minister John Key has stated that “We are very concerned about making sure the legislation can be implemented by the vast array of businesses across New Zealand”.  
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