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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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Managing risk when starting new companies

Managing risk when starting new companies

Starting a new company can be risky. There is no guarantee that all founding members will stay the course. Many people do not realise the importance of managing this risk through a written agreement between the founders.

By Melissa Higham - 16 Oct 2012

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Proposed Changes to Taxation of Lease Inducement Payments

Proposed Changes to Taxation of Lease Inducement Payments

In July this year Inland Revenue released a policy document setting out changes to the treatment of lease inducement payments.  Those changes were to have effect to inducements payable on leases entered into on or after 26 July 2012.  As a result of feedback and consultation, Inland Revenue announced changes to the initial proposal last week.

By Kay Keam - 2 Oct 2012

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Watch out for security interests when you purchase goods

Watch out for security interests when you purchase goods

There are many things a buyer must think about when buying goods. One that is often overlooked, with serious consequences, is securities which may be registered over the goods you are buying. If there is a security over the goods you are buying, you may not get clear title to those goods.

By Melissa Higham - 7 Sep 2012

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New Rules for Android App Icons

New Rules for Android App Icons

Google have announced the introduction of stricter guidelines for apps on its Android platform. The guidelines prevent apps from having icons which are "confusingly similar".

By Mike Worsnop - 8 Aug 2012

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Financial Advisers in New Zealand and Australia Take Note

Financial Advisers in New Zealand and Australia Take Note

The Trans-Tasman mutual recognition of financial advisers took effect from 6 July 2012.  If you're a financial adviser wishing to have flexibility to move back and forth between New Zealand and Australia this offers you a great advantage.

By Melissa Higham - 9 Jul 2012

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Is your security interest still registered on the PPSR?

Is your security interest still registered on the PPSR?

On 1 May 2012 the Personal Properties Securities Register had its 10 year anniversary.  This is significant for secured parties as financing statements expire after a period of 5 years unless they are renewed prior to expiry.  If you were one of the first to register, you may need to again renew your financing statement(s) or your financing statement(s) may have already expired.  Have you checked?

By Melissa Higham - 8 Jun 2012

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Credit laws are changing

Credit laws are changing

Lending practices and credit law in New Zealand have come under considerable criticism in the last few years.  This has resulted in significant reforms to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 which are currently before Parliament. 

By Melissa Higham - 25 May 2012

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Countering the Counterfeiters

Countering the Counterfeiters

The importation and sale of counterfeit goods and pirated works has become an increasing problem in New Zealand.  In response to this, we have recently seen changes to our trade mark and copyright legislation.

By Mike Worsnop - 22 Feb 2012

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