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Alert: Unfair contract terms protection coming to businesses?

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER on December 10th, 2018.    

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Minister for Small Business have today released a discussion paper about whether there is a need for increased protections for businesses and consumers against unfair commercial practices. 

Guide to Foreign Investment in New Zealand

Written by Darryl King PARTNER; David Alizade PARTNER on October 25th, 2018.    

A summary of the Overseas Investment Act and overseas investment regulations.

Changes on the Horizon: Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on September 28th, 2018.    

Businesses may be aware that change is in the air as the coalition Government’s Employment Relations Amendment Bill (“ERAB”) makes its way through Parliament. The Education and Workforce Select Committee have recently completed their analysis of the Bill and have recommended it be passed into law, with a few tweaks made. Here are ten key points you should be aware of.

10 Things to Think About: Consumer Law

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on August 31st, 2018.    

Most businesses know (or should know!) about the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA) – essentially they impose loads of obligations on people who are “in trade”.  In case your memory is a bit hazy, we’ve summarised 10 key points you need to know about these consumer laws.

Recent Promotions Within Jackson Russell

Written by Jackson Russell on August 29th, 2018.    

Jackson Russell have announced three promotions within the firm.

Do you need OIO consent to buy a home?

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on August 17th, 2018.    

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (Bill) was passed by Parliament on 15 August 2018 and will come into force in late October 2018.  This note summaries the key changes the Bill makes to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (Act).


A Changing Climate - Don't Get Caught Out In The Cold

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on August 13th, 2018.    

Allegations surfaced last year concerning the sexual misconduct of Hollywood players such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, which brought forth the #metoo movement. Suddenly bullying, harassment, and unwanted sexual behaviour has been in the spotlight like never before, even if its existence was never justified.

Beware The Risks Of Interpreting Contracts

Written by Mark Sullivan, PARTNER on July 16th, 2018.    

Do you know the principles the Courts apply when interpreting contracts?  These principles were recently considered by the Court of Appeal in GTV Holdings Ltd v Harris [2018] NZCA 95, a case involving the sale of a business.  The same principles apply to other contracts but are often misunderstood and lead to conflict.

AML: New Client Information Requirements for Law Firms

Written by Kelly Seabourne, PARTNER on June 6th, 2018.    

As from 1 July 2018 all law firms will be required to collect and verify information from prospective and existing clients about a range of matters, in order to comply with their legislative obligations to help combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Does the GDPR apply to your NZ business?

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on May 25th, 2018.    

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018.  The GDPR changes the EU’s legislative framework around how organisations collect, store and manage personal data and, as a New Zealand organisation, you may be affected by the GDPR.  This flow chart gives a quick summary on whether the GDPR applies to your business.
Topics: All, Business , Privacy

Cartels Laws – Do they apply to your business?

Written by Darryl King PARTNER; David Alizade PARTNER on May 10th, 2018.    

This article gives an overview of how cartel laws may apply to your business.

Cartels Basics Breakfast Seminar - 9 May 2018

Written by Darryl King PARTNER on April 26th, 2018.    

What all businesses need to know to comply.

Cartel Criminalisation is Back: Businesses of All Sizes are Potentially Affected

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER on March 22nd, 2018.    

Criminalisation of cartels is back on Parliament’s agenda. This will affect your business and your board. The consultation process for criminalising cartels is very short – but it is not too late to have your say.

It's Out - Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on January 26th, 2018.    

The Government has release its plans for reform of the employment laws. A summary of the areas where changes will be happening are attached.

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