Latest Publications

July 2014

FYI: Island time: Pacific Island trade marks get their day in the sun

22 Jul 2014

While popular holiday destinations like Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa are some of our closest neighbours, New Zealand businesses have traditionally been reluctant to pursue trade mark protection in these jurisdictions...

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Feature Article: Taking the pulse of local government in New Zealand

17 Jul 2014

Our new report identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations...

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FYI: Corporate Advisory – Changes imminent for companies and limited partnerships

30 Jun 2014

The Companies and Limited Partnerships Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament and will soon come into effect, bringing with it some major changes to certain aspects to New Zealand's company law.

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FYI: Intellectual Property – Tasman does enough to insulate its brand from genericide

25 Jun 2014

After a long time the decision in Tasman Insulation v Knauf has been released...

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Feature Article: Changes to credit contracts and consumer finance law

23 Jun 2014

Changes have been made under the new credit laws which will come into effect, by no later than 6 June 2015...

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Feature Article: Competition Law – Commerce Commission focuses on construction industry and consumer credit

20 Jun 2014

On 17 June 2014 the Commerce Commission held a stakeholder briefing in Auckland, which Simpson Grierson attended...

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FYI: Environment, Energy & Natural Resources – "Getting ahead of the game" - comments on the final fracking report

10 Jun 2014

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) released her final report on hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking") and regulation of the onshore oil and gas industry on 4 June 2014...

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FYI: Litigation – Major reform of the District Courts Rules - Again

05 Jun 2014

The District Courts Rules underwent major reform in 2009, and are now being changed again. The introduction of the District Courts Rules 2009 saw a move away from traditional litigation processes, to a more settlement-focused process that aimed to be user-friendly...

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