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Directors Duties - what you need to know

Given the current economic uncertainties, it is timely to consider the duties of company directors. The penalties for breaches can be harsh, and it is important to be aware of your responsibilities to the company, its shareholders, and third parties.

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Early access – manage the risks

When buying or selling houses, deep down everyone wants to get along during an often stressful ordeal. Parties commonly agree to let each other into a property after an agreement has confirmed but before the settlement date to store their items or perhaps complete repairs. As well-intentioned as these arrangements ...

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Speak up or lose out – when to notify your insurer

Obtaining an insurance policy and paying the premiums is only the first step to ensuring that your business has insurance cover when it needs it. An often overlooked or at least underestimated aspect is that the typical liability insurance policy has specific requirements about notifying your insurer of a potential ...

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Commercial property as an investment option? – 5 Top Tips

With the increasing cost of residential property making rental returns in the short term less attractive, as well as proposed restrictions on who can buy, some investors are now looking to commercial property as an alternative.

In this article, we provide you with 5 top tips as to what you ...

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Buyer beware: Christchurch’s property market’s hidden costs

A recent article in the press a couple of weeks ago highlighted that there are several houses in Christchurch which were never correctly fixed after the Canterbury Earthquakes and as a result may be financially toxic. People purchasing these houses run the risk that they may be buying into an ...

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WWOOFers - an update.

Last year, the Labour Inspectorate undertook a series of investigations and found that volunteers and WWOOFers (the popular scheme where travellers work in exchange for food and lodging), were, in fact, employees. At the time we published some advice, which has recently been confirmed in an Employment Relations Authority (ERA ...

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FAQs - When entering a new Lease (as a Tenant)

If you are about to enter into a new lease, you probably have a few questions about your rights and obligations under the lease.

It is always best to approach your lawyer early in the leasing process and definitely before you sign an Agreement to Lease or a Deed of ...

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Allowing for insignificant breaches of a District Plan

A common cause of frustration for land owners is when effects of their activities that are insignificant require resource consent because they breach a rule in a plan to a minor degree.
The changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) on 18 October 2017 include an attempt to recognise this ...

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Debt recovery 101

Unfortunately, debt recovery is part of running a business. The start of a new calendar year and the impending end of the financial year is as good of a time as any to undertake a debt recovery health check for your business.

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