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Lifting the corporate veil – a cautionary tale for directors of parent companies

Lifting the corporate veil – a cautionary tale for directors of parent companies

Generally speaking, a company is a separate legal entity in its own right and its shareholders will not generally be liable for the company's obligations. However, there are exceptions to this rule, as illustrated in the recent case Lewis Holdings Ltd v Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd.

By Claire Mansell - 29 Jan 2015

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Summer building project? Don't get caught out by new building regulations

Summer building project? Don't get caught out by new building regulations

As the building industry rides the wave of buoyant construction, new regulations coming into force on 1 January 2015 introduce more consumer protection and compliance requirements for tradespeople.

By Andrew Steele - 23 Dec 2014

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Planet of the "non-human persons" - Sandra the orangutan finally tastes freedom

Planet of the

A Court in Argentina has granted Habeas Corpus to an Orang-utan named Sandra. Habeas Corpus (which means "you have the body") is an ancient remedy which requires a detained person to be brought before the court at a specific date and time. It is usually used as a means of liberating someone from unlawful detention.

By Claire Mansell - 22 Dec 2014

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Hosting a work party? Be aware of the risks

Hosting a work party? Be aware of the risks

Christmas work parties are now in full swing. Many commentators are reminding employers that they could face liability if employees are hurt, or hurt others, when under the influence of alcohol supplied at work functions. Drink driving is a particular concern, especially with lowered breath and blood alcohol limits. 

By Andrew Steele - 12 Dec 2014

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The top four reasons you need a good litigation lawyer

The top four reasons you need a good litigation lawyer

Disagreements are part of life. Knowing where to turn when disputes turn nasty is crucial. Things can get especially difficult if a disagreement concerns a lot of money or there are friends or family involved.

A litigator's role is to help people resolve disputes and navigate their way through the Court system. Finding a good litigation lawyer can put your mind at ease and save you money in the process.

By Claire Mansell - 19 Nov 2014

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Supreme victory for liquidators and employees

Supreme victory for liquidators and employees

The Supreme Court has today handed down its Judgment in the long awaited Jennings Roadfreight Limited (In Liq) & Ors v Commissioner of Inland Revenue [2014] NZSC 160.

By Tony Johnson and Claire Mansell - 7 Nov 2014

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Who says romance is dead? Section 21 Agreements ("pre-nups")

Who says romance is dead?  Section 21 Agreements (

Section 21 agreements, often referred to as "pre-nups" are now common place. They are an important tool in an estate planning lawyer's tool kit and are not just for the paranoid, rich and famous, as perhaps once thought. Having an agreement in place can bring certainty around issues of property sharing and division. It can allow couples to get on with the more romantic aspects of their relationship, without worrying about property entitlements.

By Tara Hurley - 10 Oct 2014

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Changes to domain names

Changes to domain names

Domain names are changing! From 1pm, 30 September 2014, you will be able to register short and simple domain names like shortandsimple.nz. This change will see second levels (like the '.co' in '.co.nz' and the '.org' in '.org.nz') become optional. For example, if your website is mywebsite.co.nz, you may be able to get mywebsite.nz.

By Claire Barron - 30 Sep 2014

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Court lays down the law on carpet ads – with implications for all advertisers

Court lays down the law on carpet ads – with implications for all advertisers

Fancy a carpet with lifetime stain and soil resistance? How about one that won't fade for 25 years? Sounds great, but as usual, the devil is in the detail.

By Craig Nelson - 11 Sep 2014

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Let us help you add value to your property

Let us help you add value to your property

Converting a cross lease title to a fee simple title or a unit title can add value to your property. This is particularly beneficial where your existing title is defective and needs to be rectified anyway. By way of example, this could be where you or a previous owner has carried out alterations to the building so that the external dimensions of the building no longer match what is shown on the flats plan. If you are going to spend money with a surveyor rectifying the flats plan then using that money to pay for a new fee simple plan may be a better use of your money.

By Kay Keam - 2 Sep 2014

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