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Our lawyers keep up with the latest trends and issues in New Zealand law and business, and regularly publish articles and reports on current topics.

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Consumer Law Update: Unfair Contract Terms - November 2014

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; Claire Godber, SENIOR ASSOCIATE on November 3rd, 2014.    

Changes to the Fair Trading Act that introduce unfair contract terms provisions will be coming into force on 17 March 2015.  If you use standard form consumer contracts, these will apply to you.
 

Without Prejudice Conversations

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on August 11th, 2014.    

More and more frequently, people are looking to resolve their disputes without resorting to time-consuming, stressful and expensive formal litigation. Employment disputes are no exception, and have a high rate of out-of-court settlement.

A key feature in finding such a solution is the ability to speak “without prejudice”.
 

Lucan Battison Successful Over Unlawful School Rules

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on July 1st, 2014.    

Recently the Nation watched with interest as Lucan Battison successfully took St John’s College to the High Court after being suspended for refusing to cut his hair. We have summarised the case below, and provided some general comments about how schools can avoid or minimise the risk of having disciplinary decisions based on non-compliance with school rules challenged.
 

Consumer Law Reform

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER on June 2nd, 2014.    

New Zealand’s consumer laws are undergoing a major overhaul resulting in the biggest consumer law changes in 20 years.
 
We have briefly summarised the key changes for you below. Some of them are already in force and more changes are scheduled for June 2014 and March 2015.  Some of the rules are complex and we recommend you get specific legal advice from our Business Law Team.
 

Health and Safety Regime Changes

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on March 10th, 2014.    

Following the recent publicity surrounding the Pike River tragedy and the Forestry Industry’s record, the Government has begun to implement its plan for a significant overhaul of the Health and Safety legislation.

In this article, we have highlighted a few of the key changes set out in the bill.
 
 

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