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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 31st July 2019 by Bayley Roylance, RMY Legal

The ‘KFC test’ and tenant privacy
Following publicity in 2018 that some property managers were using the ‘KFC test’ to vet prospective tenants, landlords’ protection of their tenants’ privacy has come under scrutiny by the Privacy Commissioner. Any unlawful intrusion into your tenants’ private lives can be a costly mistake. If you are a landlord, it is timely to ask yourself, “How can I best protect my property without risking a privacy breach?”

Published 6th June 2019 by Norris Ward McKinnon

Do you have the right to play the music you’re playing?

A 2018 High Court decision (1) has shown you should consider your right to use a third party’s intellectual property, such as playing music in the course of your business operations.

If you use music or play the radio in a business or public setting that is considered a ‘public performance’ you could be contravening a provision in the Copyright Act 1994. This includes playing music and/or radio broadcasts in any commercial environment, such as a café, restaurant, bar, shop or factory.

Published 20th May 2019 by Andrew Bright, RMY Legal

We all know that if a rental is damaged due to fair wear and tear, that the landlord is responsible for the repair costs as part of general maintenance. Fair wear and tear includes things like worn carpet, appliances breaking and scuff marks on the walls.

Published 20th May 2019 by Andrew Bright, RMY Legal

Becoming law in 2017, the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act establishes regulations to improve the quality of rental housing in New Zealand.

Following public consultation in 2018, the Healthy Homes Standards Regulations were approved by Cabinet on 13 May; you can find them here

Published 10th September 2018 by Alyssa Dunlop, Simpson Western

In light of Ebert Construction’s recent receivership, not taking protective measures opens subcontractors up to recovery and enforcement issues.

Published 23rd August 2018 by Sarah Heald, Dorrington Poole

A reminder that since 1 July 2018 all lawyers have been required to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

Published 14th August 2018 by Scott Chamberlain, RMY Legal

When setting a fee we need to consider many things but, ultimately, the fee we charge to you must be fair and reasonable – for us both.

Published 8th May 2018 by Hamish Kennedy, Knapps Lawyers

As you will no doubt be aware, from 1 July 2018 all law firms will be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act...

Published 5th April 2018 by Neil Dent, Gifford Devine

Rural businesses are no different from any other producers in the market in the sense that the ultimate fruits of their labours are, at some point, sold to a third...

Published 9th May 2017 by Fiona Mathieson, Boyle Mathieson

Becoming an Airbnb host sounds like the perfect way to fund some overseas travel for yourself and rent out your home while you are away.