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Penalties in Cartel Cases

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; David Alizade, PARTNER; Isabel Jenner, SENIOR ASSOCIATE; on July 28th, 2022.    

Last month courts in both New Zealand and Australia imposed significant penalties on companies and individuals for breaching cartel laws. In imposing the sentences both courts referred to the need to deter possible offenders from engaging in cartel conduct. The large penalties – including jail in the Australia case - are a timely reminder for NZ businesses. This update discusses the cases and a brief recap on New Zealand cartel laws and their penalties.

Jackson Russell Announces Partnership with Family Business NZ

Written by Jackson Russell on October 22nd, 2021.    

Jackson Russell is delighted to announce a new partnership with Family Business New Zealand (FBNZ), supporting FBNZ and its community as a National Silver Partner.
Topics: Business

Cartel Criminalisation

Written by David Alizade PARTNER; Darryl King PARTNER; Isabel Jenner ASSOCIATE; Tabitha Lau ASSOCIATE; Katie Wright ASSOCIATE; on April 7th, 2021.    

Following the end of the two-year transition period on 8 April 2021, it is now a criminal offence to intentionally engage in conduct in breach of the cartel laws in the Commerce Act 1986. The consequences for breach are severe - jail time and/or large fines.

Legal Update: Privacy Act 2020 now passed into law

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER; Katie Wright, SENIOR LAWYER on July 20th, 2020.    

After a long journey through Parliament, the Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) was passed into law on 30 June, and will come into force on 1 December 2020.  The Act retains the key privacy principles found in the Privacy Act 1993.  It builds on these with additional changes to reflect the major technological developments that have occurred over the last 27 years. Click through to read more about the key changes the Act will introduce and suggest changes your business may need to make to comply with it. 
Topics: Business, Privacy

Rent relief for some smaller tenants affected by COVID-19

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; David Alizade, PARTNER; Isabel Jenner, ASSOCIATE on June 15th, 2020.    

After much lobbying from business groups, the government has recently announced promised changes to leasing laws to provide some relief for small tenants that do not have a rent relief clause in their lease.  The changes as announced will benefit far fewer tenants than originally proposed, and many tenants will be left with little relief. Click the link to read a summary of the changes. 

Responding to COVID-19: A Business Guide

Written by Darryl King PARTNER; David Alizade PARTNER; Glenn Finnigan PARTNER; Mark Sullivan PARTNER; Caroline Harris PARTNER; Kelly Seabourne PARTNER on March 24th, 2020.    

As COVID-19 spreads and the number of cases around the world climbs, businesses need to take definitive action now to address what is shaping up to be the most significant challenge for some time.

Fair Trading Amendment Bill - Enhanced protection for small businesses & consumers

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; David Alizade, PARTNER on February 18th, 2020.    

The Fair Trading Amendment Bill aims to provide more protection for small businesses and consumers against unfair commercial practices. It introduces a new prohibition against unconscionable conduct in trade, extends the unfair contract terms provisions to small trade contracts (currently they only apply to consumer contracts), and gives stronger consumer rights to get rid of ‘door knockers’.

Brexit finally happened....what happens now for New Zealand?

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on February 18th, 2020.    

After a protracted political process, the UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period is now in place until 31 December 2020, where the current trade rules, tariffs and tariff rate quotas will remain in place for NZ businesses. The current NZ/UK trading relationship will continue as it currently stands, while the countries negotiate their future trading relationship and hopefully finalise a free trade agreement by the end of the transition period.
Topics: Business

Takeovers Code changes for widely held unlisted companies

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; David Alizade, PARTNER; on February 18th, 2020.    

Following changes to the Takeovers Code in January 2020, the Code no longer applies to widely held unlisted companies unless they are at least "medium sized". As a result of the changes, most SMEs will not be subject to the Code – regardless of how many shareholders they have. Click the link for a summary of the new test and the implications for you and your company.
Topics: Business

Protect yourself in 2020 - don't abbreviate

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; David Alizade, PARTNER on February 18th, 2020.    

Moving into the “twenty-twenties” has provided scammers with a unique opportunity to forge documents and potentially defraud businesses. Click the link to read more...
Topics: Business, Contract

Legal update: Privacy Bill's slow progress

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on February 18th, 2020.    

The Privacy Bill is in the final stages of the legislative process, but we do not know yet when it will be in force.  Reform of the current Privacy Act 1993 is long overdue, and the changes proposed will affect all organisations doing business in NZ that collect, use or hold information on individuals in NZ.  The key changes are…
Topics: Business, Privacy

Navigating online reviews

Written by Darryl King PARTNER; Isabel Jenner SENIOR LAWYER on September 14th, 2019.    

Online reviews have become an increasingly useful way for consumers to do their due diligence on a product or service before they buy. However, businesses need to be careful in their handling of user reviews to avoid a possible breach of consumer protection legislation. Set out below is a summary of what the law says and some guidance on how businesses can take steps to avoid breaching it.

Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations now in force

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on July 11th, 2019.    

In December 2018, the Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018 (Regulations) were approved and publicly announced. The Regulations came into force on 1 July 2019, meaning that businesses in New Zealand are now unable to distribute or sell single-use plastic shopping bags. Click through for more information on these regulations. 
Topics: Business

Privacy Bill Update: Select Committee Report is out

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on March 15th, 2019.    

On 13 March 2019 the Justice Select Committee released its report on the proposed Privacy Bill which will repeal and replace the Privacy Act 1993.  The Privacy Commissioner previously lobbied for a number of changes to the Bill but unfortunately the Committee did not give him everything on his wish list.  Below is a summary of the key changes the Select Committee has proposed to the Bill and the changes that did not make the cut.
Topics: All, Business , Privacy

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. 

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