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Weathertight Homes Financial Assistance Package

Weathertight Homes Financial Assistance Package

The leaky homes financial assistance package has been considered by a parliamentary select committee and has passed its second reading largely unchanged.

By Andrew Steele - 7 Jun 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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One year into the new District Courts Rules

One year into the new District Courts Rules

New District Courts Rules have been in force since November 2009. They aimed to make the Court more accessible to the public with simplified language, processes and forms. It was expected that lawyers' input would decrease as a result, with associated savings for litigants. Looking back one year on, it seems the Rules have delivered on two key fronts.

By Claire Mansell - 10 Feb 2011

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Is the Council liable for leaky homes?

Is the Council liable for leaky homes?

The Supreme Court has released its long-awaited decision on leaky homes.  This newsletter summarises the law around leaky homes and the effect of recent decisions.

By Andrew Steele - 28 Jan 2011

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Finance company not liable for oppressive Blue Chip scheme

Finance company not liable for oppressive Blue Chip scheme

The Supreme Court has found GE Finance not liable for its role in financing Mr and Mrs Bartle's failed Blue Chip investment.

By Tony Johnson - 5 Jan 2011

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Leaky Home Scheme

Leaky Home Scheme

A scheme to help owners of leaky homes has been proposed by Government.  The scheme is expected to come into force early in 2011.

By Andrew Steele - 11 Nov 2010

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Immigration Act

Immigration Act

A new Immigration Act comes into force on 29 November, simplifying the immigration process and improving enforcement powers. Two important changes are to the obligations on employers and sponsors.

By Claire Barron - 5 Nov 2010

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Trans-Tasman proceedings

Trans-Tasman proceedings

Once in force, the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act will allow New Zealand proceedings to be served in Australia without the the need for either courts' permission.

By Tony Johnson - 1 Oct 2010

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Employment - risk free trial periods?

Employment - risk free trial periods?

The 90-day trial period laws are not as risk free as many employers - and lawyers - may believe. In the first Employment Court case involving the new laws, the employee won.

By Claire Mansell - 8 Sep 2010

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Limitation Bill

Limitation BillA new Limitation Bill is scheduled to come into force on New Year’s Day 2011. This may affect the amount of time you have to bring a case to court. While the old 6 year limit remains the standard, new exceptions could give you as many as 15 years to bring a claim in some circumstances.

By Andrew Steele - 7 Sep 2010

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