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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.

Buying from a developer is the same as a builder, right?

You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is yes. It’s almost the same, but the ‘almost’ is rather an important distinction and it can come with pitfalls.

I wish to register a complaint: pre-purchase inspections

Remember the famous Monty Python sketch where John Cleese purchases a parrot which isn’t in the condition he expected? All too often, the same happens when buying property.

Anti-money laundering

The sale and purchase of property usually involves transacting a significant sum of money. From July this year, all law firms will be required to comply with anti-money laundering legislation.

Bright-line extension announced

The Minister of Revenue announced an extension to the bright-line test to help keep the property market under control.

Insulate before it’s too late

Landlords, if you haven’t made your rentals safe and healthy for tenants, now is the time to get busy. Otherwise, you will be looking down the barrel of a hefty fine.

Four key dates for farmers

As always, our legal champions endeavour to keep you informed of key dates ahead of time so you don’t get caught short when something changes.

The not-so-easy problems with easements

If you’re thinking about making a rural subdivision to make the most of the rising popularity of lifestyle blocks and farm parks, it’s likely you’ll be granting easements for access...