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Changes to the Disputes Tribunal - threshold increased to $30,000

Changes to the Disputes Tribunal - threshold increased to $30,000

The Disputes Tribunal has just increased the financial threshold for submitting a claim to $30,000. Until 29 October 2019, a party could only file a claim up to a maximum of $15,000 (or $20,000 with both parties' agreement). At this low sum it meant that parties who wanted to pursue claims slightly over $15,000 faced the prospect of either writing off a portion of the debt to pursue their claim in the Tribunal, or abandoning it all together.

By Pierce Bedogni - 1 Nov 2019

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A celebration of the 150th year of the New Zealand Law Society

A celebration of the 150th year of the New Zealand Law Society

Jacque Lethbridge had the great pleasure of delivering a speech on behalf of community law for the commemorative sitting of the High Court recognising 150 years of the NZLS. The Chief Justice, Helen Winkelmann, presided over the ceremony.

By Jacque Lethbridge - 30 Oct 2019

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Want to drug test your employees? What you need to know first

Want to drug test your employees? What you need to know first

Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the risk that drug-taking poses to a workplace. However, employers should tread carefully when deciding to drug test employees. The employers in the recent case A v N learned this lesson the hard way.

By Claire Mansell - 10 Oct 2019

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First home purchaser series - Part 3: Settlement of your purchase

First home purchaser series - Part 3: Settlement of your purchase

It's almost time for you to complete your purchase, what else do you need to get organised?

By - 1 Oct 2019

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Modern families and changing laws

Modern families and changing laws

Family demographics have changed significantly over the past 60 years.  To keep up, the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA) was amended in 2002 to extend the property sharing to heterosexual and homosexual de facto and civil union partners.

By Dharsh Nanayakkara - 26 Sep 2019

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Martelli McKegg announced as a finalist in the NZ Law Awards

Martelli McKegg announced as a finalist in the NZ Law Awards

We're proud to announce we've been named as finalists in the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards in the category of mid-size law firm of the year. The awards celebrate outstanding law firms, in-house counsel and dealmakers from across New Zealand. The winners will be announced on 21 November at a gala event being held at the Cordis Hotel.

By - 24 Sep 2019

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I've been appointed an attorney under an enduring power of attorney for property - now what?

I've been appointed an attorney under an enduring power of attorney for property - now what?

The role of an attorney appointed under an EPA for property is a significant one which should be taken seriously and should not be accepted lightly. Accepting such an appointment creates legal obligations and duties which cannot easily be changed. This blog seeks to provide some guidance to a person acting as a property attorney.

By Emma Foster - 17 Sep 2019

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First home purchaser series - Part 2: Signing the agreement

First home purchaser series - Part 2: Signing the agreement

You've got your deposit, you've found the right property, now a multi-page document is sitting in front of you and a real estate agent is asking you to sign. It is imperative that you get in touch with a lawyer before you enter into an agreement. The best chance of you negotiating favourable terms is before you sign. This is even more important if you are planning on buying a property "off the plans" that has not yet been subdivided or built. More information about buying off the plans is available in a previous blog.

By - 10 Sep 2019

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Changes to employment laws widening the scope for personal grievances

Changes to employment laws widening the scope for personal grievances

The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill has passed its third reading in parliament and will come into force by at least 27 June 2020. The Bill allows for a "controlling third party" to be joined to a personal grievance claim in the Employment Relations Authority. This means that an individual employee can bring a claim against both their 'official' employer and any other controlling third party.

By Claire Mansell - 4 Sep 2019

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Tenancy reforms: Who pays if the tenant damages your property?

Tenancy reforms: Who pays if the tenant damages your property?

In 2015 the Court of Appeal told landlords they could not recover the cost of damage caused by their residential tenants unless it was done intentionally. This was because the Property Law Act 2007 said that a landlord could not require a tenant to meet the cost of damage which can be insured against. From 27 August 2019 the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 dictates the law on this issue.

By Mathew Martin - 28 Aug 2019

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