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Changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act are good news for consumers

Changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act are good news for consumers

Many of us have taken advantage of the sales over the summer holidays. But what happens when the bargain of the century turns out to be a lemon? Changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act which come into force in June will provide further protection for consumers but may pose challenges to business owners.

By Claire Mansell - 23 Jan 2014

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Proposed increases to the size of Disputes Tribunal claims

Proposed increases to the size of Disputes Tribunal claims

The Government has just announced it is proposing to increase the size of claims that may be determined by the Disputes Tribunal. The proposal is to increase the present limit of $15,000 to $30,000.

By Andrew Steele - 13 Dec 2013

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Tips for better employment relations over Christmas

Tips for better employment relations over Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly. It also seems to be a season of employment disputes and problems. Here are some of the more common issues our employment lawyers have encountered.

By Andrew Steele and Claire Mansell - 6 Dec 2013

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Court of Appeal turns its sights towards dishonest trustees

Court of Appeal turns its sights towards dishonest trustees

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Spencer v Spencer is a further indication of the Court's renewed interest in the actions of trustees. In this case, the Court found the trustees were personally liable for losses arising out of the various breaches of duty. 

By Tony Johnson - 25 Oct 2013

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Court steps up focus on action of trustees

Court steps up focus on action of trustees

The High Court recently removed a beneficiary's stepmother and solicitor as trustees of a trust. The removal was on the grounds that they failed to act impartially and/or failed to take into account the interest of all the beneficiaries. The recent High Court decision of Thurston v Thurston reaffirms the requirement of trustees to act impartially and in the interest of all beneficiaries.

By Tony Johnson - 5 Sep 2013

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So what is happening out there?

So what is happening out there?

It's a question we regularly get asked by clients. And for good reason - legal services is one of those bellwether industries.

By Mike Worsnop - 8 Jul 2013

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Less wriggle room when wrong decision made by trustee

Less wriggle room when wrong decision made by trustee

The role of trustees is becoming progressively more time consuming and complex - and sometimes mistakes happen. So, what happens if you, as trustee, have slipped up?

By Tony Johnson - 28 Jun 2013

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Half of yours is mine (the next chapter)

Half of yours is mine (the next chapter)

The UK Supreme Court recently considered an appeal from proceedings following a divorce. The Court's decision in Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors is likely to affect New Zealand company, insolvency, trust and relationship property law. 

By Tony Johnson - 21 Jun 2013

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Some hope for creditors

Some hope for creditors

The recent High Court judgment in Hampson v Registrar of Companies has reaffirmed that in some circumstances a creditor of a company in liquidation may have a direct right of action against a director of that company.

By Tony Johnson - 17 Jun 2013

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Into the Void(able) transaction

Into the Void(able) transaction

A recent judgment in the High Court has challenged traditional thinking regarding whether a defendant can oppose an application for orders setting aside payments under section 292 of the Companies Act (commonly referred to as a voidable transaction).

By Tony Johnson and Claire Mansell - 7 Jun 2013

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