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Playing it Safe in Commercial Transactions

Playing it Safe in Commercial Transactions

Prior negotiations and information exchanges rarely take precedence in Court over a formal written agreement. If the agreement fails to accurately record your intention or understanding of what has been agreed, you proceed at your peril.

By Melissa Higham - 24 Feb 2010

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New Streamlined Process for Civil Claims in District Court

New Streamlined Process for Civil Claims in District Court

New streamlined process for civil claims in District Court.

By Andrew Steele - 12 Nov 2009

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International registration of trade marks – new bill with Select Committee

International registration of trade marks – new bill with Select Committee

Registering trade marks overseas may soon become much easier with the introduction of the Trade Marks (International Treaties and Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2008.

By Andrew Steele - 3 Aug 2009

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Real Estate sale agreements - which one do you choose?

Real Estate sale agreements - which one do you choose?

Whether you are looking to buy or sell property anywhere in New Zealand, you need to be aware that there will soon be three different "standard" agreements for sale and purchase in circulation.

By Kay Keam - 1 Jul 2009

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Changes to the Resource Management Act will simplify consent

Changes to the Resource Management Act will simplify consent

The Resource Management Act (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill was introduced into Parliament in February 2009. The proposed changes may help bring your plans to fruition faster

By Kay Keam - 1 Jun 2009

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Enduring powers of attorney – new legislation in effect from late 2008

Enduring powers of attorney – new legislation in effect from late 2008

Changes to the law governing powers of attorney came into effect on 26 September 2008. The changes are designed to better protect the donor (person who originally sets up the power of attorney)

By Tara Hurley - 1 May 2009

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Ninety day trial periods possible in new employment contracts

Ninety day trial periods possible in new employment contracts

New legislation means that employees can be required to prove their worth over ninety days - or be dismissed without explanation. This may reassure employers who have previously been apprehensive about taking on new staff, as a disappointing candidate was difficult to 'let go'.

By Andrew Steele - 6 Apr 2009

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New law offers help to balance professional and family life

New law offers help to balance professional and family life

Many people who care for young children are in paid employment. Now legislation has been created to try to help working parents achieve better work-life balance.

By Andrew Steele - 2 Mar 2009

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What to do when concerned about a neighbour’s tree

What to do when concerned about a neighbour’s tree

Although nature can create a beautiful vista, the neighbour's tree is probably not the outlook you had in mind. Here's how to prevent the situation from turning ugly.

By Kay Keam - 1 Feb 2009

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