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Published three times a year. Fineprint is NZ LAW's flagship publication with wide-ranging articles.

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Covering in-depth business law issues, this newsletter is distributed three times a year to member firms' commercial clients.

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Published two times a year. Covers stories of interest to trustees and professionals advising on asset protection and trusts.

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Published three times a year. Keeping property investors and owners abreast of current property issues.

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Covers stories of interest to farmers and those working in the rural sector, in matters relating to New Zealand's heartland.

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Articles

Published 16th December 2020 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

A focus on syndicated farm investments
With the current low interest rate regime looking set to continue for some time, investors are increasingly looking at ways to generate a reasonable income either for their retirement or for other forms of saving.

Recently, commercial property syndicates have come back into fashion. Their popularity is based on the return that they are able to provide to investors, notwithstanding the risks inherent in that sort of investment.

Published 16th December 2020 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Water easements
Water is an absolute necessity for any type of farming or horticultural activity. Historically viewed as an infinite and expendable resource, water is now seen as having a finite supply and must be dealt with as a commodity. The right to access water from a source, such as a spring or well, and the right to use that water are different, but related, issues.

Published 19th November 2020 by Mia Petrovic, Simpson Western

Time for a contracting out agreement?
You have had years of saving up for the overseas experience many New Zealanders dream of — then a pandemic hits. The London job you thought you had in the bag is no longer an option, and you and your partner are faced with extending the lease on your flat here — that you were eagerly awaiting to escape. What do you do now?

Published 18th November 2020 by Tim Oliver, Horsley Christie

Hefty consequences for getting it wrong when company was in financial distress

In September 2020, the Supreme Court released its keenly anticipated decision in the Debut Homes case. This decision illustrates the risks for directors where a company is experiencing irrecoverable financial distress.

Published 18th November 2020 by Tanya Surrey, Mactodd

Rules for both owners and renters
With New Zealand’s borders closed and overseas travel restricted for the foreseeable future, many Kiwis will be looking to rent a holiday home for the traditional summer holiday this year.

Published 18th November 2020 by Taylor Houston, Gawith Burridge

As the daylight hours extend, so too does the list of summer jobs that have been building up over the past year. On that list for many will be replacing those rickety old boundary fences that surround your house. Before you rip them all down, we have a case study that clarifies why it’s so important not to rush.

Published 20th October 2020 by Andrew Bright, Connect Legal Taranaki

‘Estate’, ‘ownership with others’ and ‘interests’
Before you buy a property it is important that you understand exactly what you are purchasing. Your property title records (or should record) all of the interests that affect your title. That way, you are fully informed about any rights or obligations you may have – before you buy.

Published 20th October 2020 by Andrew Bright, Connect Legal Taranaki

Consents not needed for small builds
Changes to the Building Act 2004 came into force on 31 August 2020. The changes vary the circumstances under which you are required to obtain a building consent.

Published 14th September 2020 by Rebecca Nilsen, Cruickshank Pryde

How many schemes are you eligible under?
Since the pandemic arrived on our shores, the government has made available multiple types of financial relief; more than one may be available to your business. Although applications under the popular Wage Subsidy Scheme ended on 1 September 2020, other options are still available for support if you need it.

Published 14th September 2020 by Rebecca Nilsen, Cruickshank Pryde

For all overseas purchasers

It seems as though the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has been under constant evolution over the last two years. In June, the OIO enacted a change that now requires all overseas purchasers of New Zealand business assets to submit a notification to the OIO before the transaction takes place — regardless of the asset value. This submission will allow the OIO to monitor and prevent New Zealand asset ownership being unnecessarily diluted due to stressed sales caused by unprecedented economic pressures from COVID.