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Mediation - the future of litigation?

Mediation - the future of litigation?

The last few years have seen an enormous increase in the number of civil disputes settled by mediation. Parties see the process as quick, efficient and relatively cost-friendly.

By Tony Johnson - 24 May 2011

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Financial Markets Authority steps up to an early first round win

Financial Markets Authority steps up to an early first round win

The Financial Markets Authority has notched its first win since replacing the Securities Commission on 1 May 2011 by winning its case against Bernard Whimp and nine limited partnerships associated with him.

By Tony Johnson - 24 May 2011

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New private investor rights and obligations at risk

New private investor rights and obligations at risk

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) this week has warned private investors against allowing themselves to be classified as wholesale investors and so losing new retail rights and protections. A part of the Financial Advisers Act 2008 (Act) which comes into force from 1 July 2011 means that financial advisers have to follow new professional conduct standards and disclosure requirements.

By Mike Worsnop - 10 May 2011

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Review of Securities Law

Review of Securities Law

Over the last few years there has been wide ranging reform of the legislation that governs the financial sector. This reform has been timely following the global economic crisis and the failure of many New Zealand finance companies. The next step in the reform is the comprehensive review of the securities law. The Government has recently released Cabinet's paper setting out its recommendations on changes to the Securities Act 1978. The main recommendations are highlighted in this note.

By Melissa Higham - 6 May 2011

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Why everyone needs someone to speak for them

Why everyone needs someone to speak for them

You never know what's around the corner - but you can plan for it.

By Tara Hurley - 4 May 2011

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Terms of Trade - a solid backbone for your business relationships

Terms of Trade - a solid backbone for your business relationships

Terms of Trade govern the way you do business with your customers. They're critical in regulating your business relationships. So you must get your terms of trade right and ensure they are enforceable when required.

By Mike Worsnop - 30 Mar 2011

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The Rock

The RockOn 22 February 2011 Christchurch and its surrounding area was shaken by New Zealand's most destructive earthquake since Napier in 1931. The quake was centred on the Port Hills suburb of Heathcote, known to many simply as The Valley. Anthony Russell, Martelli McKegg's employment law expert comes from The Valley. His thoughts on the lead up to the 22 February earthquake and its effect can be read here.

By - 23 Mar 2011 - 3 comments

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Reaching the RWC audience might be harder than you think

Reaching the RWC audience might be harder than you think

New Zealand's greatest sporting event, the Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC), will soon be here. It appears to be a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand businesses to capitalise on the hype and drum up some extra business for themselves. But doing so may be more difficult than many hope.

By Melissa Higham - 3 Mar 2011

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The Regulatory Reform Bill - slashing red tape for business

The Regulatory Reform Bill - slashing red tape for business

The Regulatory Reform Bill, designed to slash red tape and remove unnecessary requirements for businesses passed its first reading last week.

By Melissa Higham - 28 Feb 2011

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Employment Law Update

Employment Law Update

Significant changes to employment legislation

By Claire Mansell - 11 Feb 2011

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