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Covid-19 - Wills may now be made by video conference

Covid-19 - Wills may now be made by video conference

The law has long required that wills be signed by the will-maker in the presence of two witnesses. The Covid-19 lockdown and mandatory distancing rules has prevented some wills from being signed this way, especially where people live alone or with only one other adult.

By Andrew Steele - 21 Apr 2020

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Affidavits and declarations may now be signed via video conference

Affidavits and declarations may now be signed via video conference

The Covid-19 lockdown and mandatory distancing rules prevented affidavits and declarations from being signed 'in person' or before a solicitor.

By Andrew Steele and Jacque Lethbridge - 20 Apr 2020

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Alert Level 3 - Implications for Commercial Contracts and Leases

Alert Level 3 - Implications for Commercial Contracts and Leases

The Government has announced that most, but not all, businesses can start to open when we shift to Alert Level 3. The businesses that do open must take health measures to keep their workers safe and workers must work from home if they can.  Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up. Businesses cannot offer services which involve face to face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hair-dressing).

By Andrew Skinner - 17 Apr 2020

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Significant changes to Company Law announced

Significant changes to Company Law announced

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.

By Jacque Lethbridge and Bill Gambrill - 5 Apr 2020

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The effects of Lockdown on shared care arrangements for children

The effects of Lockdown on shared care arrangements for children

It has been five days since New Zealand went into lockdown in response to the Covid19 Pandemic, and separated parents sharing care of their children have faced the unprecedented and daunting issue of who the children will reside with during lockdown.

By Dharsh Nanayakkara - 30 Mar 2020

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Seasoned Restructuring and Insolvency Expert, Bill Gambrill, Joins Martelli McKegg Litigation Team as Special Counsel At Critical Time

Seasoned Restructuring and Insolvency Expert, Bill Gambrill, Joins Martelli McKegg Litigation Team as Special Counsel At Critical Time

The Martelli McKegg team are pleased to announce that Bill Gambrill joined the litigation team in early 2020. Bill brings a wealth of experience in insolvency, banking and financing advice and litigation, having practised in one of New Zealand's largest law firms, before heading to Dubai in 2005. In Dubai, Bill's commercial litigation practice included insolvency, conflict of laws, financial services, real estate disputes, construction and employment. Bill is working closely with Jacque Lethbridge focusing on restructuring and insolvency, and general commercial litigation and advice, which will be critical areas of legal practice over the coming months.

By Jacque Lethbridge - 26 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 - Employment FAQ

Covid-19 - Employment FAQ

With the nation now in lock-down phase as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, many employers are considering how they can look after their businesses as well as their employees. For some, government subsidies will allow a degree of continuity in staffing whilst others will need to make changes that will adversely affect their employees. We touch upon some key topics below.

By Claire Mansell - 25 Mar 2020

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COVID-19 - What are employers' obligations?

COVID-19 - What are employers' obligations?

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the globe, many employers are contemplating the potential effects on their businesses, not just from a down-turn in trade but the very real possibility that they may end up with multiple staff absences over an extended length of time. Below we answer some of the common questions our employer clients are asking.

By Claire Mansell - 16 Mar 2020

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Martelli McKegg joins FANZ

Martelli McKegg joins FANZ

Martelli McKegg is pleased to announce that we have become an Affiliate Member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ).

By Andrew Skinner - 9 Mar 2020

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Proposals to give the Fair Trading Act more teeth

Proposals to give the Fair Trading Act more teeth

On 12 February 2020, the Fair Trading Amendment Bill ( Bill) passed its first reading in Parliament and proposes two key changes to the existing Fair Trading Act 1986 ( FTA). The proposed amendments to the FTA will impact all businesses.

By Chelsea Copland - 1 Mar 2020

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