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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 welcomes Andrew Skinner to the partnership

Martelli McKegg welcomes Andrew Skinner to the partnership

We are delighted to welcome Andrew Skinner to the partnership. Andrew is an experienced commercial lawyer with specialist industry experience in building and construction and franchising.

By Melissa Higham - 4 Feb 2020

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Who will care for my children if I die?

Who will care for my children if I die?

Appointing testamentary guardians

A difficult decision parents of younger children have to make when making a Will is deciding who should be appointed as guardians of their children. Inclusion of an appointment of a guardian should be considered whenever a Will is made by a person with children who are under the age of 18.

By Emma Foster - 22 Jan 2020

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A Global Roadmap to Personal Data Protection

A Global Roadmap to Personal Data Protection

We're pleased to be the contributor for the New Zealand chapter in the 2nd edition of "A Global Roadmap to Personal Data Protection". Proudly put together by Meritas Law Firms Worldwide. Download your complimentary copy here: https://www.meritas.org/DataProtectionGuide.aspx

By Mike Worsnop - 18 Nov 2019

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Court costs in disputes as to who should be trustee

Court costs in disputes as to who should be trustee

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Guest v Guest [2019] NZCA 64 stands as a reminder to trustees that if they do not act reasonably, then they may be exposing themselves to a significant costs liability.

By Terri Gough - 10 Nov 2019

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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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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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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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