News & Publications

Health and Safety Changes: New draft regulations

Posted by Shieff Angland on June 18 2015

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has recently released consultation drafts of certain regulations that are to accompany the Health and Safety Reform Bill introduced to parliament in March 2014. Read the rest of this entry

Employment Law Update February 2015 – New Year New Law

Posted by Shieff Angland on February 26 2015

Changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 regarding collective bargaining in particular were launched by the last National Government but then shelved in 2013 when National was unable to gain a majority to pass the changes due to the resignation of John Banks. Read the rest of this entry

Introducing 2 new Partners

Posted by Shieff Angland on February 16 2015

Shieff Angland welcomes two new partners, Raymond Huo and Shelley Eden. Read the rest of this entry

Health and Safety changes: new obligations

Posted by Shieff Angland on August 12 2014

In March this year the Government introduced the Health and Safety Reform Bill to Parliament.  Modelled closely on the Australian Model Work Health and Safety Act, the Bill will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Machinery Act 1950. With new duties, especially for... Read the rest of this entry

Employment Law Update

Posted by Shieff Angland on August 12 2014

Paid parental leave entitlements Following the Budget 2014 the Government is set to increase the maximum parental leave payment for eligible parents. Amongst other changes the length of leave eligible parents will be able to take is set to increase in two stages. To be eligible for... Read the rest of this entry

Good trademark news for China traders

Posted by Shieff Angland on May 12 2014

The long anticipated changes to China’s Trade Mark Law came into effect on 1 May 2014. The newly adopted amendments will be welcomed by many international companies that are either exporting to or from China. China’s Trade Mark System China, like New Zealand, is party to... Read the rest of this entry

Best practice guidelines to prevent bullying

Posted by Shieff Angland on May 12 2014

In February 2014 Worksafe New Zealand released its best practice guidelines for preventing and responding to bullying in the workplace. Bullying in the workplace is an issue that many employers find difficult to deal with.  There are issues in dealing with both the victim and the... Read the rest of this entry

New Financial Reporting Framework for Companies

Posted by Shieff Angland on May 7 2014

The Financial Reporting Act 2013 and most of the Financial Reporting (Amendments to Other Enactments) Act 2013 came into force on 1 April 2014 bringing a number of positive and timely changes to financial reporting for small and medium sized companies. From 1 April, most companies will no... Read the rest of this entry

Mobil not liable to pay Auckland Waterfront $10m in damages

Posted by Shieff Angland on March 27 2014

Mobil not liable to pay Auckland Waterfront $10m in damages to remove or contain subsurface contamination. A recent case has highlighted the kind of dispute that can arise over clean up obligations at the end of tenancies. In the recent High Court case of Auckland Waterfront... Read the rest of this entry

Financial Markets Conduct Act

Posted by Shieff Angland on March 17 2014

Phase 1 of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 will come into force on 1 April 2014. Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced on 27 February 2014 that Cabinet has approved regulations for Phase 1 of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 as part of the Government’s financial market... Read the rest of this entry

Doing Business in New Zealand

Posted by Shieff Angland on March 14 2014

The firm considers and comments on interesting and important developments (likely to impact upon our clients’ businesses) in our key practice areas of property, commercial and litigation Read the rest of this entry

Workplace Health and Safety Reform

Posted by Shieff Angland on November 20 2013

In August this year the government released a blueprint proposing significant changes to New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system.  The changes are based on the Australian Model Work Health and Safety Act and aim to provide clear and consistent information for employers on how... Read the rest of this entry

Introducing 2 new partners

Posted by Shieff Angland on July 12 2013

Shieff Angland is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners, Kellie Bright and Kalev Crossland. Kellie Bright is a specialist corporate, commercial and trust lawyer. Kellie has significant experience in advising on business acquisitions, mergers, restructurings, corporate... Read the rest of this entry

New Food Standard 1.2.7 – Nutrition, Health and Related Claims

Posted by Shieff Angland on May 13 2013

All food businesses need to be aware of the introduction of a new food standard which has significantly changed the nutrition and health claims that can be made on labels and advertising of food. The new standard 1.2.7 became law on 18 January 2013. It will work alongside the current... Read the rest of this entry

Consumer Law Reform Bill

Posted by Shieff Angland on April 26 2013

The Consumer Law Reform Bill ( Bill ), a significant and wide-ranging piece of legislative reform, recently had its second reading in Parliament and is expected to be introduced into law later this year. The Bill proposes amendments to various consumer laws such as the Fair Trading Act 1986... Read the rest of this entry

Re:Source – Employment law highlights 2012

Posted by Shieff Angland on April 16 2013

As the new year gets into full swing, we take this opportunity to look back on some of the employment law highlights (or lowlights depending on your viewpoint) of 2012, as well as to remind you of upcoming changes for 2013. Collective Bargaining No one who read the news or watched... Read the rest of this entry

Re:Source – Employment Court discusses new test for dismissal justification

Posted by Shieff Angland on August 24 2012

A decision of the Employment Court in July 2012 has shed light on the implications of the 2011 changes to the test for unjustified dismissal. Section 103A of the Employment Relations Act 2000 was amended from 1 April 2011. The test for whether a dismissal or other disciplinary decision by... Read the rest of this entry

Mortgagee sales and “best price”

Posted by Shieff Angland on July 10 2012

There have been record numbers of mortgagee sales in recent times. However, there has seemingly also been an increased appetite or facility by mortgagors to challenge mortgagees in terms of their “best price” obligations. That is, there has been a rise in the number of cases... Read the rest of this entry

New standard form Sale and Purchase Agreement

Posted by Shieff Angland on July 10 2012

The Ninth Edition of the form of REINZ/ADLSi agreement for sale and purchase of real estate will be released shortly. The current Eighth Edition 2006 (now at revised version 4) evolved to account for changes in the law, such as, the Property Law Act 2007, e-dealing, claims for compensation... Read the rest of this entry

Summary judgment returns to the District Court

Posted by Shieff Angland on June 27 2012

Further changes were introduced to the District Court Rules on 14 June 2012. Claimants now have the ability to apply promptly for summary judgment in connection with enforcing settlement agreements and (on a slightly more extended timeframe) in respect of other disputed claims. The... Read the rest of this entry