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July 2015

FYI: Media Law – Harmful Digital Communications Act: what you need to know

03 Jul 2015

Whether you’re an online host or a social media user, the new Harmful Digital Communications Act affects you. It will become law as soon as it receives Royal assent – tipped to be next Monday, 6 July 2015...

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FYI: Intellectual Property Law – Revocation - is your trade mark vulnerable?

25 Jun 2015

Applying for and getting registration of a trade mark in New Zealand is relatively simple. However, having a trade mark registration does not necessarily give you protection forever...

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FYI: Employment Law – Vetting for workers with children to be more vigilant

12 Jun 2015

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 came into force on 1 July 2014 and is intended to support the Government’s strategy of improving the well-being of vulnerable children...

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FYI: Tax Law – Employee share scheme tax rules under review

09 Jun 2015

There is evidence internationally that employee participation in employee share schemes (ESS), such as share options and purchase rights, contributes to increased growth and productivity and fosters loyalty...

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FYI: Local Government – Reserves Act easements - private gain v public good

08 Jun 2015

A case centred on a “tortuous” dispute provides some clarity regarding jurisdiction to grant easements for private and general purposes under section 48 of the Reserves Act 1977...

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FYI: Local Government – Assessing compensation for land with "special suitability": what you need to know

04 Jun 2015

A recent case (Palmerston North City Council v Hardiway Enterprises Limited [2015] NZCA 114) has provided useful clarification on how to assess compensation for land with "special suitability"(section 62(1)(d) of the Public Works Act...

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Law Guides: Doing Business in New Zealand

01 Jun 2015

We have many years of experience in providing advice to multinational firms and their professional advisers on all aspects of doing business in New Zealand.

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FYI: Banking & Finance – Responsible Lending Code: what are the "reasonable inquiries" lender responsibilities

19 May 2015

Do you know what inquiries you, as a lender, should make before entering into an agreement with a borrower or taking a guarantee?..

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