Do I still need a trust?

It’s good practice to review its purposeIf you have a family trust set up a number of years ago, it’s good practice to review it to ensure it is still...

Over the fence

Anti-money laundering compliance A reminder that since 1 July 2018 all lawyers have been required to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

Private land with public access

How is access granted? Our ability to access the ‘great outdoors’ in New Zealand is seen as something of a citizen’s right.

Biosecurity in New Zealand

Who is liable for an outbreak of plant disease? Biosecurity issues never seem to be far from the news these days.

More updates on property matters

If you have been following our articles about foreign residential investment, P contamination and warming up Kiwi homes, here are the latest updates on each topic. We’re pleased to let you know there is some good news here.

The fee is how much?

People who have secured a mortgage know that banks often sweeten the deal by providing a contribution towards legal fees. But how much are legal fees for a property transaction and why aren’t they a standard amount? We know people aren’t always comfortable talking about lawyers’ fees. Here’s how it all works.

The fundamentals of flatting

Remember going flatting for the first time? It’s an exciting time, but it can present problems for young people if they’re focused on fun and not the fundamentals. Wouldn’t it have made life easier if someone had explained your legal obligations from the start? Here’s a quick how-to guide for parents with children about to go flatting.

Due diligence is your friend

In legal matters, doing your homework is the safest way to protect you from an unpleasant surprise. Here are three briefs proving the point.

Increasing compensation payments for emotional harm

People who have suffered emotional harm in the workplace have traditionally received small compensation payments from employers.

Budget, budget, read all about it!

The budget announcement is an annual event that generally affects every New Zealander in one way or another.