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PART 2: GUIDE TO LAND TRANSACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

Posted by Deanna Clark on November 2 2020

This is part two of a three-part guide to undertaking land transactions, land development and building and construction in New Zealand ( read part one here ). This guide is intended to assist overseas people and/or persons inexperienced in these areas to provide general and high-level... Read the rest of this entry

PART 2: DESIGN, BUILD AND LEASE AGREEMENTS - TENANTS

Posted by Dasha Kovalenko on November 2 2020

This article is part two of a two-part series about Design Build and Lease Agreement (Agreement(s)). For the first part, follow this link . In the first article we looked at entry into Agreements from the landlord’s perspective. This article focuses on entry into Agreements... Read the rest of this entry

READY? NEW PRIVACY ACT COMES IN ON FIRST DECEMBER

Posted by Dew James on November 2 2020

The Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) implements long-awaited changes to New Zealand’s privacy laws. Parts of the Act came into force in mid-2020, with the rest due to come into force on 1 December 2020. The Act overhauls the previous outmoded regime of the Privacy Act 1993 to better protect the... Read the rest of this entry

LOCKDOWN AND ESSENTIAL INDUSTRY

Posted by Tony Sung on September 25 2020

Employers need to be clear on their rights and responsibilities regarding pay during Covid-19, it is especially important with the resurgence of Covid and reimposition of some travel restrictions. Until recently, the law has been unclear on whether employers can partially... Read the rest of this entry

PART 1: GUIDE TO LAND TRANSACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

Posted by Deanna Clark on September 25 2020

This is part one of a three-part guide to undertaking land transactions, land development and building and construction in New Zealand. This guide is intended to assist overseas people and persons inexperienced in these areas to provide general and high-level information. It is not intended to... Read the rest of this entry

PART 1: DESIGN, BUILD AND LEASE AGREEMENTS

Posted by Dasha Kovalenko on September 25 2020

This article is part-one of a two-part series. In this article we will focus on issues that Landlords need to consider. The next article will consider issues that the Tenant needs to consider. We act for a number of landlords and tenants who regularly enter into agreements to design, build and... Read the rest of this entry

PUBLIC WORKS POST LOCKDOWN

Posted by Aidan Tattley on August 26 2020

Whilst many things may be slowing down due to Covid-19, one thing that is not, is infrastructure projects / expenditure. In the June 2020 budget an additional $3 billion has been allocated for infrastructure – this sits on top of the $12 billion ‘upgrade’ allocated in January... Read the rest of this entry

DEPORTATION POST COVID - AN UPDATE

Posted by Dew James on August 26 2020

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) published an update on the operation of section 216 of the Immigration Act 2009 (the Act) with respect to deportations post Covid-19. Section 216 of the Act empowers the Immigration and Protection Tribunal (Tribunal) to... Read the rest of this entry

A MATTER OF URGENCY - OVERSEAS INVESTMENT ACT

Posted by Kellie Bright on August 26 2020

Urgent amendments to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (Act) were implemented on 16 June 2020 in response to Covid-19. While most of the changes were announced by Government prior to New Zealand entering into the first lockdown in March, some measures have been expedited under the Overseas... Read the rest of this entry

CHANGES TO NEW ZEALAND’S PRIVACY LAW

Posted by Kellie Bright on June 26 2020

Changes to New Zealand’s privacy law will come into effect soon – proposed 1 December 2020. It is therefore important for you to bring yourself up to speed on these changes, and to prepare accordingly. The Privacy Bill aims to: Encourage private and public sector... Read the rest of this entry

SHUTTING DOWN BUSINESS OPERATIONS – TIPS AND PRECAUTIONS

Posted by Jesvin Boparoy on June 26 2020

As we moved to Alert Level 1, many businesses rushed to re-open their stores after temporary closures during the Government mandated lockdown. Unfortunately, many of those same businesses who were forced to closed doors temporarily do not have enough cash reserve to keep them going. Businesses... Read the rest of this entry

THE INFAMOUS CLAUSE 27.5 – NO ACCESS IN EMERGENCY

Posted by Dasha Kovalenko on June 26 2020

The clause: in the current environment, there has been a lot of discussion and debate on the ADLS Lease - “No Access in Emergency” clause 27.5. Clause 27.5 allows for an abatement of rent and outgoings in the event of an emergency if the tenant is unable to fully conduct its... Read the rest of this entry

REDUNDANCY IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19

Posted by Kalev Crossland on May 25 2020

As the world is slowly coming out of lockdown after the Covid-19 pandemic, employers are now able to assess the impact. Many employers need to consider options for ensuring business sustainability including making a role or roles redundant. Employers’ obligations are unaffected... Read the rest of this entry

EXEMPTIONS TO CCCFA IN THE TIMES OF COVID-19 AND COMMERCE COMMISSION GUIDANCE

Posted by Richard Hatch on May 25 2020

Covid-19 has had a serious impact on both lenders and borrowers. The Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance (exemptions for Covid-19) Amendment Regulations 2020 (Covid-19 regulations) will give faster implementation of assistance where the borrower has been impacted by the effects of Covid-19.... Read the rest of this entry

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COURTS, BUSINESS LITIGATION AND DISPUTE SETTLEMENT AT LEVEL 2?

Posted by Kalev Crossland on May 25 2020

Well, I was back in the saddle last week for some liquidators – a three-day, live hearing, in the High Court with a clever judge, breathing witnesses in the flesh and an opponent after my life. We were of course ‘spaced out’ as Jacinda recommended and held the case in one of... Read the rest of this entry

COVID-19 UPDATE: BUSINESS RESCUE, NEW TAX LEGISLATION AND RESTRUCTURING TO ENSURE LIQUIDITY

Posted by Jesvin Boparoy & Guest Author on April 9 2020

Over the last two weeks, the New Zealand Government has provided a series of rescue packages for businesses financially impacted by the four-week lockdown and beyond. Shieff Angland Lawyers have teamed up with Tax Professionals to give some general guidance on the government packages,... Read the rest of this entry

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UNDER EXISTING NZS3910/3916 CONTRACTS

Posted by Deanna Clark & John Kearns on April 9 2020

We provide below a brief summary of the provisions of the NZS3910/3916 Contracts that may be relevant in these current circumstances (and beyond). The below analysis focuses only on the general terms of the contracts and is not intended to be legal advice in respect of any specific contracts or... Read the rest of this entry

CORONAVIRUS – MANAGING RISKS AND LITIGATING FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTIONS

Posted by Jesvin Boparoy on March 18 2020

In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, many New Zealand businesses who export or import into China are feeling the hit.  China has become one of New Zealand’s top traders – supplying technology and electronics into New Zealand and importing dairy, meat and wood from New... Read the rest of this entry

10TH EDITION OF AGREEMENT FOR SALE AND PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE; SUBTLE BUT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

Posted by Deanna Clark on March 18 2020

The Auckland District Law Society and Real Estate Institute of New Zealand have released the 10th edition of the widely used form of agreement for sale and purchase of real estate. This latest edition introduces some significant changes that both vendors and purchasers should be... Read the rest of this entry

IMMIGRATION NEW ZEALAND’S ANZSCO REQUIREMENTS – UPCOMING CHANGES

Posted by Dew James on March 18 2020

In late 2019, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced sweeping changes to its employer-assisted work visa offerings: one category will replace six [1] discrete work visa categories. The changes are expected to take effect sometime in the beginning of 2021. The application process will shift... Read the rest of this entry