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Can you be charged for drunk 'lime-ing'?

Can you be charged for drunk 'lime-ing'?

We've all seen the latest craze to hit our streets, the black and green Lime electric scooters. Whether you're for or against them zooming along our footpaths, cycle lanes and streets you may have wondered: can you be charged for riding one of these scooters while under the influence of alcohol? Perhaps especially relevant as we head into the merry season! And the answer is ...

By Fiona McGeorge - 29 Nov 2018

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Renovating or demolishing a building built before 2000? What you need to know

Renovating or demolishing a building built before 2000? What you need to know

In April 2018 Meika McHardy of our firm posted a blog on what you need to know about asbestos and home renovation. She pointed out that asbestos is now the single biggest cause of death from work-related disease, and that on 4 April 2018 the new regulations governing asbestos came fully into effect. What is probably not fully appreciated is how widespread the use of asbestos was during the period from 1940 to 2000.

By Geoff Hardy - 16 Nov 2018

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Changes ahead for relationship property

Changes ahead for relationship property

The Law Commission has just published its report about suggested changes to the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

By Surendra Bennett - 12 Nov 2018

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What to do when the Union comes knocking at your door

What to do when the Union comes knocking at your door

Since the new government came into power 12 months ago, Unions have been particularly active. Nurses, teachers and court staff have all taken strike action this year.

By Claire Mansell - 1 Nov 2018

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The liquidators want you!

The liquidators want you!

Many people are surprised as to the extent of liquidators' powers of investigation. Those powers can on occasion come in the form of an application to the High Court under section 266 of the Companies Act.

By Tony Johnson - 25 Oct 2018

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Does an automatic pool cover count as a swimming pool fence?

Does an automatic pool cover count as a swimming pool fence?

New Zealanders have always had a love affair with the water. We go to the beach and we have our own backyard pools - either permanent or temporary. Now that summer is just around the corner, it's a perfect time to ensure that your swimming pool complies with the rules.

By Pierce Bedogni - 18 Oct 2018

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The importance of good legal advice when charged with a criminal offence

The importance of good legal advice when charged with a criminal offence

If you find yourself charged with a criminal offence, whether it's minor or serious, don't under estimate the importance of getting good legal advice. It might be the difference between whether you are convicted of the charge or not.

By Fiona McGeorge - 11 Oct 2018

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Mental Capacity to make a Testamentary Promise

Mental Capacity to make a Testamentary Promise

Have you ever been promised something would be left to you in a will, but it never eventuated? If you worked or gave services to someone who promised to reward you in their will, but they didn't, the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act may allow you to claim against the promisor's estate.

By Andrew Steele - 8 Oct 2018

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Employer support during bullying investigations

Employer support during bullying investigations

How far does an employer need to go to support an employee with mental health/stress issues caused by a workplace investigation or disciplinary process? Hilford v The Order of St John is an example of how a personal grievance can succeed if the employer does not provide support to an employee who is suffering from such issues and does not investigate alleged bullying in an appropriate manner.

By Andrew Steele - 26 Sep 2018

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Termination of building contracts

Termination of building contracts

Occasionally the relationship between parties to a building contract turns sour. In some cases the parties will be able to get things back on track so that the project can be brought to completion. However, in other cases there is an irreparable breakdown in trust and one or both parties want to part ways. The owner may not want the builder around anymore and/or the builder may not want to continue racking up cost on credit with little prospect of being paid. So how does a party terminate the building contract and what risks does a party face if they get it wrong?

By Meika McHardy - 13 Sep 2018

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