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The Importance of Due Diligence

The Importance of Due Diligence

When buying a business or shares in a company due diligence is essential. Most people wouldn't buy a house without getting a LIM report, doing a title search, checking building consents and possibly obtaining a building report. Buying a business or shares is no different. It is essential that you know what you are buying. It is far more cost effective to carry out due diligence than deal with a bad acquisition.

By Claire Barron - 15 Mar 2013

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Going into business with another. Is it really a good idea?

Going into business with another.  Is it really a good idea?

Sometimes it makes all the sense in the world to get into business with another person or people. They may have skills which you don't, they may have capital which is not available to you or contacts which may be useful to you. There are a myriad of reasons why it can be a good idea. Sometimes two heads (or more) are better than one.

By Melissa Higham - 7 Mar 2013

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Pike River: Further Consequences

Pike River:  Further Consequences

We have previously discussed the increasing emphasis on health and safety in the workplace.  This emphasis is confirmed by the establishment of a new workplace health and safety agency which was recently announced.  This was one of the key recommendations that arose out of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy.

By Andrew Steele - 28 Feb 2013

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Lessons from Pike River

Lessons from Pike River

If you are an employer, taking a relaxed approach to safety in the workplace could expose your business to serious consequences.  In extreme cases such as Pike River, those consequences were the tragedy of employees' deaths and the collapse of the whole business. 

By Andrew Steele - 20 Feb 2013

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Money doesn't talk, it swears*

Money doesn't talk, it swears*

Employees agree to work for some kind of payment - be it wages, salary, or commission. This year's Waitangi Day repeat of the on-going Novopay saga shows how serious, and potentially devastating, not getting paid can be.  So what should you do if your pay fails to arrive?

By Claire Mansell - 14 Feb 2013

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Mainzeal leaky building fallout

Mainzeal leaky building fallout

"Word on the street" is that Hobson Gardens' multi-million dollar "leaky home" claim against, amongst others, Mainzeal, the original builder of the complex, was settled on the basis that Mainzeal agreed to supply labour and materials for the repair of the building.  If this is true, then Mainzeal's promise will represent a multi-million dollar settlement.  Mainzeal's unexpected receivership must place its performance of any settlement promises in jeopardy.

By Andrew Steele - 8 Feb 2013

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The Beat Up on Workplace Bullying

The Beat Up on Workplace Bullying

There is increasing awareness of workplace bullying and the effect it has on employees.  Bullying can be a difficult issue for both employers and employees.  What one person may see as 'tough management' another may view as bullying. 
What is Workplace Bullying?

By Claire Mansell - 4 Feb 2013

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Season's Greetings

The partners and staff of Martelli McKegg would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season

By - 19 Dec 2012

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Don't get caught out when terminating fixed term tenancies

Don't get caught out when terminating fixed term tenancies

Picture this: A tenant is subject to a fixed term tenancy. The term expires on 1 December. The tenant should be gone by 1 December right? Not so fast... This is where the plot thickens.

By Tara Hurley - 4 Dec 2012

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Martelli McKegg welcomes Lewis Grant to the team

Martelli McKegg welcomes Lewis Grant to the team

We're very pleased to announce that Lewis Grant has joined the Martelli McKegg partnership.  Lewis brings to the firm a wealth of experience in the trust and estate planning area.

By - 19 Nov 2012

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