Having a puff at work

The COVID pandemic has paved the way for innovation, and many New Zealanders spent 2020 investing time and money into their new or existing businesses. 

Business briefs Feb 2021

The COVID pandemic has paved the way for innovation, and many New Zealanders spent 2020 raising funding for their new or existing businesses.

Over the fence Jan 2021

Over the Fence

Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill submissions open, the Synlait settles Pōkeno land dispute settlement reached and a reminder that the Trusts Act 2019 comes into effect on 30 January 2021

Finite supply of water

The Finite Supply of Water

To take and use water for irrigation an easement to get water from its source and a resource consent to use that water are both required. Problems may arise though, if users of the same source apply for new or renewed water consents. You may find yourself competing with a neighbour who has an easement right relating to the same finite source of water, even if it’s on your land. 

Investment in farming – Rural Law

Investment in Farming

Commercial property syndicates are becoming popular again due to the returns they are able to provide to investors in the face of low interest rates. While this type of investment has always been popular, we are seeing a shift from dairy and forestry into kiwifruit, apple, cherry and other horticultural sectors.

legal documents

Legal documents signed during lockdown

During the COVID lockdown, special rules applied to the signing of some legal documents. Obviously it was, and is, not possible to have your signature witnessed by someone outside your bubble in Levels 3 and 4.

relationship property claim

Relationship property claims

When entering a second or subsequent relationship, it is common to want to keep assets safe from relationship property claims. An effective way to do this can be by transferring assets to a trust. Care needs to be taken, however, to ensure you do this within the law.

trustees

Trustees’ decisions

Decision-making can be affected by bias. In a recent case , trustees’ decision-making came under scrutiny from the High Court.

gifford devine property brief

Property briefs

In response to the COVID pandemic, changes continue to be made around tenancies – both residential and commercial – as well as mortgages and lending.

commercial lease

Commercial leases post-COVID

In the past three months, most landlords and tenants would have become more familiar with the details of their lease. In particular, most will be looking at how clause 27.5 of the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) lease applies to the government-imposed lockdown that we have all experienced as a result of COVID-19.