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The top four reasons you need a good litigation lawyer

The top four reasons you need a good litigation lawyer

Disagreements are part of life. Knowing where to turn when disputes turn nasty is crucial. Things can get especially difficult if a disagreement concerns a lot of money or there are friends or family involved.

A litigator's role is to help people resolve disputes and navigate their way through the Court system. Finding a good litigation lawyer can put your mind at ease and save you money in the process.

By Claire Mansell - 19 Nov 2014

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Supreme victory for liquidators and employees

Supreme victory for liquidators and employees

The Supreme Court has today handed down its Judgment in the long awaited Jennings Roadfreight Limited (In Liq) & Ors v Commissioner of Inland Revenue [2014] NZSC 160.

By Tony Johnson and Claire Mansell - 7 Nov 2014

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Who says romance is dead? Section 21 Agreements ("pre-nups")

Who says romance is dead?  Section 21 Agreements (

Section 21 agreements, often referred to as "pre-nups" are now common place. They are an important tool in an estate planning lawyer's tool kit and are not just for the paranoid, rich and famous, as perhaps once thought. Having an agreement in place can bring certainty around issues of property sharing and division. It can allow couples to get on with the more romantic aspects of their relationship, without worrying about property entitlements.

By Tara Hurley - 10 Oct 2014

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Changes to domain names

Changes to domain names

Domain names are changing! From 1pm, 30 September 2014, you will be able to register short and simple domain names like shortandsimple.nz. This change will see second levels (like the '.co' in '.co.nz' and the '.org' in '.org.nz') become optional. For example, if your website is mywebsite.co.nz, you may be able to get mywebsite.nz.

By Claire Barron - 30 Sep 2014

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Court lays down the law on carpet ads – with implications for all advertisers

Court lays down the law on carpet ads – with implications for all advertisers

Fancy a carpet with lifetime stain and soil resistance? How about one that won't fade for 25 years? Sounds great, but as usual, the devil is in the detail.

By Craig Nelson - 11 Sep 2014

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Let us help you add value to your property

Let us help you add value to your property

Converting a cross lease title to a fee simple title or a unit title can add value to your property. This is particularly beneficial where your existing title is defective and needs to be rectified anyway. By way of example, this could be where you or a previous owner has carried out alterations to the building so that the external dimensions of the building no longer match what is shown on the flats plan. If you are going to spend money with a surveyor rectifying the flats plan then using that money to pay for a new fee simple plan may be a better use of your money.

By Kay Keam - 2 Sep 2014

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How to avoid (and respond to) complaints about your advertising

How to avoid (and respond to) complaints about your advertising

You've spent a fortune on a new advertising campaign. Hundreds of hours of research and planning have gone into it. The launch of the campaign receives great applause and praise. And then someone complains to the Advertising Standards Authority saying "I object to this ad as it depicts women as whimsical and irrational". 

By Craig Nelson - 15 Aug 2014

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High Court makes leaky building settlements more difficult

High Court makes leaky building settlements more difficult

The Fleetwood Apartments leaky building case may be a rare example of strict adherence to the law coming at the expense of an early and cost-saving resolution. As part of settling the claim, the Council effectively bought the apartment owners' claims against the other defendants by taking an assignment. This meant the Council stood in the apartment owners' shoes by pursuing the defendants themselves.

By Andrew Steele - 13 Aug 2014

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Monkey business over copyright

Monkey business over copyright

Copyright might not be something that you consider everyday - but it comes up more often than you think. Just be glad that you are not the photographer who thought he owned this photo.

By Melissa Higham - 8 Aug 2014

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Important changes to the Fair Trading Act - will you be affected?

Important changes to the Fair Trading Act - will you be affected?

The law now better reflects modern commercial and retail practices and seeks to bring our consumer laws into line with those of Australia. We set out eight key areas, with links for greater detail to the Commerce Commission's website.

By Melissa Higham - 30 Jul 2014

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