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Relationship property and the changes ahead

Written by Israel Vaealiki, PARTNER; Lana Dixon, LAWYER; Soo Jin Lee, LAWYER on February 25th, 2019.    

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 provides rules on the division of property when a relationship ends on separation. The Law Commission has recently reviewed this Act, making a number of key proposals in an Issues Paper published in November 2018. The Commission is currently reviewing submissions from the public on its key proposals with a view to making its recommendations to Government in 2019.


Guide to Foreign Investment in New Zealand

Written by Darryl King PARTNER; David Alizade PARTNER; Claire Godber SENIOR ASSOCIATE on October 25th, 2018.    

Overseas investment act & overseas investment regulations

Do you need OIO consent to buy a home?

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER; Claire Godber, SENIOR ASSOCIATE 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).


Jackson Russell Welcomes New Partner David Compton

Written by Jackson Russell on June 7th, 2017.    

Jackson Russell is pleased to announce the appointment of David Compton as partner to the firm.  Dave has 17 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, and has joined the firm as a commercial property specialist.

Topics: All, Property

New Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules Passed by New Zealand Parliament

Written by Israel Vaealiki, PARTNER; Richard Wilson, CONSULTANT on April 12th, 2017.    

The Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information, and Remedial Matters) Bill has been enacted by Parliament and amends the Income Tax Act 2007 and the Tax Administration Act 1994. The changes to these Acts create new registration and disclosure requirements for the New Zealand resident trustees of foreign trusts.


Press release: Jackson Russell Welcomes New Partner Israel Vaealiki to the Firm

Written by Jackson Russell on October 27th, 2016.    

Jackson Russell is pleased to announce the appointment of a new partner within its Property and Personal Client team.  Israel Vaealiki has joined the firm to lead its trusts and estates team. 
Topics: All, Property

Validating an Invalid Will

Written by Caroline Harris, PARTNER; Sarah Sussman, LAWYER on July 28th, 2016.    

Many people are aware that in order to create a valid will a number of formal legal requirements must be met: A valid will must be in writing and must be witnessed in a particular way, by two witnesses.  

Wills Act 2007 introduced important changes that allow a Court, in certain situations, to validate documents that appear to be a will or that record the testamentary intentions of the deceased.

Commercial Landlords - Recovery of Rent Arrears

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; Kelly Seabourne, PARTNER; Claire Godber, SENIOR ASSOCIATE on June 6th, 2016.    

What can I do if my tenants stop paying rent?  

From time to time a landlord will experience delays with a tenant's rental and outgoings payments, which is bad for business. A landlord’s most effective tool is the threat of eviction, and where a tenant has ongoing liquidity problems the best thing may be to replace them with a new tenant.

Are Your Neighbours' Trees or Hedges Blocking Your View?

Written by Mark Sullivan, PARTNER on July 11th, 2012.    

The story usually goes something like this……. 

You bought a house because you fell in love with the view. However, over the years, the trees grew or a new structure was erected that not only obstructs your view but also casts a shadow over your property. 
It could be affecting your health or garden and your enjoyment of your home.

2012 Developments Under the Personal Property Securities Act

Written by Caroline Harris, PARTNER; Mark Sullivan, PARTNER on July 2nd, 2012.    

During the first half of 2012 the Courts have delivered a number of decisions that will be of interest to Insolvency Practitioners and commercial creditors who deal with the Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (PPSA).

This update summarises the more significant decisions.
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