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Covid-19: Business Continuity

As times change, your legal needs evolve as well. We are a full service law firm with the expertise to help in every area of your life - from buying your first home to winding down a business.
Martelli McKegg's Auckland-based lawyers can deliver you prompt and practical advice, at competitive rates and in plain language. We'll provide tailored solutions to your legal problems.
We help a variety of clients throughout New Zealand, from private individuals and small business owners to some of Australasia's largest commercial entities. Contact us today on 09 379 7333 to find out how we can help you

As of Monday 23 March our offices are shut and all partners and staff of Martelli McKegg are now working from their homes, in compliance with the government's request. We are all connected and are working remotely. Our DDI phone lines are diverted to our mobile numbers. Our main switchboard is manned and calls are being redirected. Our mail has also been redirected. We have protocols in place for witnessing documents using FaceTime, Skype and Zoom.

As a number of our partners and staff already work from home as a matter of course and we have been running a cloud-based electronic practice management system for a number of years, we are confident that remote working at scale is achievable for an extended period of time.

You will not see any change in the level of support from us. It's business as usual, just not in the usual place.

Of course some things will need to change and that includes the way in which we interact with you. Going forward for example we will be utilising video conferencing or similar tools to conduct virtual meetings instead of face-to face meetings and adopting procedures for the execution of documents remotely.

Our priority remains the health and well-being of our people, our clients, suppliers, friends and communities. By taking this step, we are supporting the Government's effort to minimise the impact Covid-19 will have in our community by flattening the curve.

We will update this advisory as circumstances change.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact the partner or staff member who you deal with most regularly.

 


News and Events

Significant changes to Company Law announced
5 April 2020

On Friday, 3 April 2020, the Government announced significant insolvency law changes in response to the likely economic impact of COVID-19 and the current lockdown (https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/further-measures-support-businesses ). The Government will amend the Companies Act 1993 to provide additional comfort to directors of companies during the next six months, and will also introduce "Covid-19 Business Debt Hibernation" as an option to help businesses survive the deterioration in the business environment (https://www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/about-us/what-we-do/insolvency-relief-for-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19/ ). Parliament will have to pass legislation to give effect to the proposed changes, although the proposed legislation has not been made public.

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