The Wellbeing Budget 2020 Rebuilding Together

The government’s Budget, presented by the Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson on 14 May has addressed, in the words of the Minister, “a 1-in-100 year health and economic challenge” as it moves to rebuild the economy post-COVID-19.

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Restructuring your business

Restructuring is common in the new year when business owners feel refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge. The process however, is often shrouded in uncertainty (and stress) for employees. If you are considering a business restructure, you need to be sure that you are meeting all your employment law obligations.


Business Briefs Summer 2020

The High Court has declared a contract term ‘unfair’ for the first time since the 2015 amendments to the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) that make unfair contract terms unenforceable.

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Shareholdings for employees or family members

Six things to consider when bringing an employee or a family member into your business by offering them a shareholding.


The Wellbeing Budget 2019

The Wellbeing Budget, presented by the Hon Grant Robertson, on 30 May focussed on mental health and child wellbeing.


Business Briefs Winter 19

The recent high-profile Mainzeal case has highlighted the importance for directors to know and understand their duties under the Companies Act 1993.


Property sale and purchase

It’s essential that the sale and purchase agreement contains the correct wording, particulars and information in respect of the GST position of the parties to the agreement.


Over The Fence – April 2019

We recommend you review all wage and salary structures to ensure your employees are paid at least the minimum wage at all times for hours worked.


National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) were first proposed in 2010. Following a period of consultation, the Standards came into effect on 1 May 2018, with a review due in 12 months after that (May 2019) to ascertain whether or not they are being successfully implemented.

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How to buy a business without getting burned

Buying a business can be a significant commitment of time and money, so you won’t want to find out there are issues after settlement, especially ones that come at a big cost. Even if you’re not a first time buyer, following the process can seem complex. If you’re looking to buy a business, our business lawyers have put together a step by step guide to doing it right.