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The breakdown - behind the scenes of a major sporting event

As with any commercial enterprise, major sporting events involve a number of important commercial relationships and require agreements to be put in place in order to operate successfully while minimising risks for those organising and participating in the event.

This article touches briefly on some of the key legal commercial ...

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Calling the shots on disciplinary issues in sport

We Kiwis love our sport, and amateur and community sports clubs are the backbone of our communities. However, largely run by volunteers, the rules and regulations of the game, and importantly the enforcement of those rules and regulations, can be grossly inconsistent between and within codes. This is perhaps best ...

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Who keeps the bling?

With more couples choosing to invest a significant amount of money in their engagement ring, when an engagement is called off, the question of who keeps the ring can be contentious and have a significant impact on the division of property between partners or spouses.

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New fire levies: A hot topic!

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 (the Act), which came into force earlier this year, has the potential to have significant financial implications for commercial property owners, and their tenants.

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Trans-Tasman disputes – out of which court do I sue?

With the evolution of the ‘global economy’, disputes between parties who reside or do business in different countries are now commonplace. Disputes between New Zealanders and Australians are governed by the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010. This Act simplifies the process and reduces costs for resolving civil disputes where the parties ...

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Exciting developments ahead for central Christchurch

If you have been keeping up to date with central Christchurch developments, then you may already be aware of Regenerate Christchurch and its plans to develop a regeneration strategy for the central city area.

Regenerate Christchurch was established in 2016 to lead the regeneration of Christchurch. The organisation is made ...

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WWOOFERS, volunteers or employees?

Recent Labour Inspectorate investigations found New Zealand employers are taking advantage of schemes such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFers). These schemes generally involve seeking travellers working for free in exchange for accommodation, and sometimes food.
Many employers were incorrectly treating such workers as volunteers in order to save ...

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Changes in the Courts

From 1 March 2017 new legislation has brought about change in civil procedure. Our District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are now all governed by new Acts.
Whilst the overarching legislation concerning our courts has been reorganised, the substantive changes within the legislation are less monumental.

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FATCA/GATCA/What the …?

You may be aware that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS/GATCA) requirements have now come into effect.

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