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Published 25th February 2019 by Colette Mackenzie, Greg Kelly Law Ltd

Helping your children – with care
Contributions by family members to the purchase of a property and how this is recorded can affect property ownership. We discuss how you can help your children and, at the same time, lessen the risks to you as parents.

New Zealand houses have never been more unaffordable: in the 1950s to 1980s a house cost two to three times the average household income. In the 1990s it was four times the average, and by the 2000s it was up to six times the average household income. When you add in the fact that households are now far more likely to have two incomes (compared with the single income norm of the 1950s), housing looks even less affordable.

Published 25th February 2019 by Kimberly Lawrence, Greg Kelly Law Ltd

What the future may hold for separating couples with a trust

When a marriage, civil union or de facto relationship breaks down, the couple will usually divide their property according to the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (the PRA). However, these two people often hold property in a trust rather than personally. 

The PRA has limited remedies to access property which has been put in a trust, and this can result in unfairness when a couple separates if there are no assets that they own personally. 
The Law Commission has undertaken a review of the PRA and proposed that the legislation be changed to make it easier to access trust property when a couple separates.

Published 4th February 2019 by Richard Hearn, Corcoran French

Monday, 6 May 2019 is D-day
Last year saw many changes in the employment law sphere, with the Labour-led government delivering on promises of reform in this area. Of particular significance are the changes incorporated into the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 that was passed late last year. These changes will affect both employers and employees.

Published 30th January 2019 by Nicola Russ, Simpson Western

High Court provides useful guidance for subcontractors.

The collapse last year of Ebert Construction Limited took many in the construction industry by surprise, particularly its subcontractors who were owed retention moneys

Published 30th January 2019 by Jess Collett, Norris Ward McKinnon

Directors have personal liability for company debt in liquidation

A recent decision in the Court of Appeal[1] has made a director liable for almost $500,000 of company debt due to the company’s failure to keep adequate accounting records. The decision highlights the importance for directors to understand their duties under the Companies Act 1993. The Act requires directors to ensure that the company keeps proper financial records.

Published 30th January 2019 by Jess Collett, Norris Ward McKinnon

The Tax Working Group (TWG), established by the government to consider the future of tax in New Zealand, intends publishing its recommendations very soon.

This report will follow the TWG’s September 2018 interim report that considered the possible introduction of a capital gains tax (CGT) in New Zealand. The details of how a CGT would work are yet to be clarified, as there are a number of different options that could be taken on implementation and the design detail of such a tax. It is hoped that the TWG’s report will provide further details.

Published 30th January 2019 by Jess Collett, Norris Ward McKinnon

With the rise of technology, it is usually easier and faster for an agreement or terms to be accepted electronically, as opposed to the traditional signing of a physical document. However, how reliable is that electronic signature/acceptance if a dispute arises between the parties?

Published 17th December 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

The legal implications of diversifying your farming operationAgri-tourism and food are growing sectors in New Zealand.

Published 17th December 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

One of the perennial problems that farmers face is that of stock wandering or stock getting out and interfering with, or causing damage to, neighbouring properties.

Published 17th December 2018 by Sarah Heald, Dorrington Poole

Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) continues to be a real concern for the farming industry in New Zealand.If you are thinking of entering into legal arrangements for the sale and purchase...