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    New Overseas Investment Restrictions 13 Dec 2017
    Recently the new Government announced the issue of a Ministerial Directive Letter to the Overseas Investment Office.  From mid-December 2017 the Letter applies to both current and new applications. The Read more...
    The forgotten friend: Renewing our Japanese trade ties 07 Dec 2017
    This article by Steven Moe was published by the Spinoff December 4 2017   With the rise of China, Japan has taken something of a backseat in trade discussions. Lawyer Steven Moe Read more...
    What is FATCA and CRS and how does it affect you? 29 Nov 2017
    New International Tax Legislation   Under FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), adopted by New Zealand in 2014, the United States aims to detect and prevent tax evasion by US citizens and Read more...
    新政府对海外购房者的限制性政策 13 Nov 2017
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    New restrictions on foreign home buyers in New Zealand 13 Nov 2017
    The new Government in New Zealand has announced changes to the foreign investment system.  This will restrict non-resident foreigners from purchasing houses in New Zealand by changing the definition of Read more...
    Effect of Bankruptcy in New Zealand 27 Oct 2017
    Have you ever wondered what happens when you go bankrupt?  This article looks at the general process and effect of bankruptcy in New Zealand as well as the effect on Read more...
    Employment Issues – Restraint of Trade and Conflict of Interest Clauses 16 Oct 2017
    Restraint of Trade and Conflict of Interest Clauses Restraint of Trade Clauses There is a legal assumption that a restraint of trade is unenforceable unless the employer can prove they have a Read more...
    Relief Against Forfeiture 13 Oct 2017
    Relief Against Forfeiture Under section 261 of the Property Law Act 2007 (“PLA”), where a party has received notice of refusal to renew a lease, they may apply to the Court Read more...
    What are State Integrated Schools? 03 Oct 2017
    State Integrated Schools are a kind of school recognised by New Zealand's education system, but their structure can be confusing to understand. What are State Integrated Schools? New Zealand's education system allows Read more...
    Foreign Trusts 26 Sep 2017
    What is a Foreign Trust? A foreign trust is one where there has never been a New Zealand resident Settlor. (a “settlor” is usually the person who creates the trust by putting Read more...
    Beneficiaries Rights to Information 22 Sep 2017
    Are you a beneficiary wondering what trust information you are entitled to, or a trustee concerned with what information you may be required to provide to a beneficiary?  This article Read more...
    Top Tips for taking on a New Lease 14 Sep 2017
    To lease a premises in conjunction with purchasing or starting your own business can be a daunting prospect - often with good reason. What’s my exposure? A good starting point for your Read more...
    Are Residential Care Subsidies a Good Reason for forming a Family Trust? 06 Sep 2017
    Why do people form Family Trusts? People form family trusts for a wide variety of reasons – most commonly these tend to be for the purposes of: protecting personal assets against Read more...
    Getting your Personal Affairs in Order 15 Aug 2017
    Do you have a current Will? Do you need one? In this past year you may have bought a house, established a business, moved in with your partner, welcomed a baby, Read more...
    Due Diligence – Check the primary documents 08 Aug 2017
    Why is due diligence important? Due diligence is an important aspect of buying or selling a property, both for the purchaser and the vendor. Decisions are made based on disclosures made Read more...
    Are We in a De Facto Relationship? 31 Jul 2017
    What is a De Facto Relationship? If you are in a de facto relationship, there could be significant financial implications for you if you separate, or if your partner (or you) Read more...
    Parental Leave – When Does an Employee Occupy a “Key Position?” 20 Jul 2017
    Are you an employee looking to take a period of parental leave or, alternatively, an employer who has an employee intending to do so? You may be wondering what your Read more...
    Homestart Grant for Selwyn District from Housing New Zealand 12 Jul 2017
    Did you know you could get up to $20,000 towards your house purchase in Selwyn? Housing New Zealand offer a Homestart Grant to people who meet their criteria.  If you are Read more...
    Do all your Employees have Employment Agreements? 11 Jul 2017
    And do they comply? A recent report from Statistics New Zealand suggests that nearly 1 in 10 employees do not have a written employment agreement. Of those who do have written Read more...
    Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 10 Jul 2017
    The Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 came into effect on 19 May 2017, introducing significant changes to the Education Act 1989. Some commentators have described the changes as the most Read more...
    Rolleston Lawyers: Parry Field Lawyers are a law firm servicing the Selwyn area based in Rolleston 21 Jun 2017
    Rolleston continues to grow and we have been excited to be meeting many of you out in the community the last few months.  Being Rolleston Lawyers is something we are Read more...
    New Zealand: Overseas investment approval process 21 Apr 2017
    By Steven Moe Approval is needed where an "overseas person" acquires sensitive New Zealand assets. This article describes the key points about the process to be aware of in advance. From our experience in Read more...
    Which form of Building Contract should I use? 13 Apr 2017
    Introduction We have a lot of clients coming to us with a building project where the contractor or consultant proposes using a standard form contract. It can be confusing as to Read more...
    Clean Water Package 2017: What does this mean for farmers? 16 Mar 2017
    Clean Water Package Controversy The government recently announced its Clean Water Package. The release has caused considerable controversy, largely around the proposed target of 90% of rivers and lakes being ‘swimmable’ Read more...
    Upcoming changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney 02 Feb 2017
    As from 16 March 2017, certain changes are being made to the Protection of Person Property Rights Act 1988 ('the PPPR Act'), as well as the accompanying Regulations, which will Read more...
    EQC’s obligations under the EQC Act – What am I entitled to? 01 Feb 2017
    Following the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016, EQC and private insurers advised that private insurers would act on behalf of EQC in receiving, assessing and settling home and contents claims arising Read more...
    The Family Court System and Visitation Rights 20 Jan 2017
    This article discusses the Family Court system in New Zealand and in particular focuses on contact rights for children after a separation. Thanks to Kim for suggesting this topic on Read more...
    我們看到很多人在買房子的時候會犯一些基本的錯誤。以下是當 您準備要購買時需要考慮的首10 項事情: . . . 20 Dec 2016
    1. 先和您的律師溝通 – 越早和我們商議買賣流程,房產狀況和買賣合約(尤其是包含在合約裡的條款)對您越好。 我們在這方面有經驗 – 讓我們成為您的嚮導! 2. Read more...
    Assignment of EQC claims 12 Dec 2016
    The Christchurch earthquakes changed the landscape in many areas of life. One such area is insurance. Prior to September 2010 the words “EQC claim” were never muttered by a Christchurch Read more...
    这篇简介帮助您了解我们是谁及什么使我们与众不同。 07 Dec 2016
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    Lessons learned from the Christchurch Earthquake: Insurance and EQC claims 23 Nov 2016
    Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.  Edgar Degas Our experiences over five years ago in Christchurch have unfortunately been brought to life again by Read more...
    クライストチャーチに創立され 以来 22 Nov 2016
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    Earthquake Response for Business Owners 18 Nov 2016
    Business owners in Christchurch largely failed to take advantage of their business interruption cover. Here are some tips from our experience with those who did well.  Things to do: Take photos Read more...
    Overview of the New Zealand Takeovers Regime 16 Nov 2016
    New Zealand has a similar takeovers regime to that in other Commonwealth jurisdictions like Australia and England.  There are specific rules which govern when a takeover offer will need to Read more...
    Rolleston: The Future is … Now! 10 Nov 2016
    We are lawyers who have just opened our new law office in Rolleston.  Why would lawyers come to Rolleston?  There are several reasons why we have made this choice: Filling Read more...
    Residential Care Subsidies and Gifting – What you need to know 07 Nov 2016
    The Government abolished Gift Duty on the 1st October 2011.  When this news was first announced about a year prior to that date, many people thought they would simply wait Read more...
    Methamphetamine in Properties: What you need to know if you own a property 19 Oct 2016
    The media has been reporting about the increased use of Methamphetamine.  This article outlines how it could affect you! Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous Read more...
    How to set up a charitable trust 09 Oct 2016
    So you have a great idea that just might make a difference in the world, but are wondering about how to formalise a legal structure that would help you do Read more...
    Consultancy Agreements in Building Projects: Key issues 01 Sep 2016
    Any construction or building project will involve a number of people to make it a success. These could include architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors and landscapers. It is important to get Read more...
    THE “FAMILY” TRUST: What is it and do you need one? 21 Aug 2016
    What is a Family Trust? A Trust is a structure through which assets are transferred from one person as owner (“the Settlor”) to others (“the Trustees”) for the benefit of third Read more...
    Immigrating to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States or China 03 Aug 2016
    Some key information, steps and points to get right in your planning if you want to move to New Zealand If you don’t know where you are going, any road will Read more...
    Top Tips – Employing Staff in New Zealand 04 Jul 2016
    We have seen a lot of employers falling into some common pitfalls when interacting with their employees. These are our Top 10 Tips for employers for avoiding the most common Read more...
    Is your trust at risk? 04 Jul 2016
    Is your Trust at risk?  Do you have a trust that was set up years ago and think it is still protecting your assets?  In the recent case of Clayton v Read more...
    Top Tips – Buying a House – What you need to know 30 May 2016
    We have seen a lot of people make some mistakes when buying a house.  These are the top 10 things to consider when making that purchase... (more…) Read more...
    Ni Hao: Doing business with Chinese investors 11 May 2016
    Introduction We’ve all seen the headlines about growing Chinese investment around the world and New Zealand is certainly no exception.  Although you may already have been in business for years and Read more...
    Construction insurance – covering your risks 09 Dec 2015
    Are you in the business of constructing property? Maybe instead your own property needs to be repaired, renovated or rebuilt? Whatever the scenario, ensuring you have adequate insurance in place Read more...
    Six year time limit for earthquake claims 07 Dec 2015
    For those waiting to settle earthquake claims, the six year limit to get judgment against your insurer is looming. This article considers the time limit, answers some key questions and Read more...
    Proving earthquake damage. Who is responsible? 15 Jul 2015
    We are sometimes asked who is responsible for proving whether a home has or has not suffered earthquake damage – the insurer or the insured homeowner? In Jarden v Lumley Read more...
    Change of Position by an insurer. Is it allowed? 06 Jun 2015
    If your insurer has suggested it will settle your claim by cash payment, can it then do something different, such as carrying out an actual repair/rebuild or vice versa? This issue Read more...
    Substantially the same as new what is the standard of repair required? 21 May 2015
    Summary Where your policy provides that the insurer will repair your home to a condition “substantially the same as new” what does it mean? The case of East v Medical Assurance Read more...
    Can an insurer withhold paying until the homeowner actually repairs or rebuilds? 21 May 2015
    In the case of East v Medical Assurance New Zealand Limited, the question of when an insurer has to make full payment to a homeowner to settle their earthquake damage Read more...
    Can a homeowner recover multiple losses – Ramifications of the Ridgecrest decision 20 Jan 2015
    In two earlier articles – Insurance Policy Intepretation – Ramifications of the Ridgecrest Decision and Combining Earthquake Losses – Ramifications of the Ridgecrest Decision, we looked at some of the Read more...
    Combining Earthquake Losses – Ramifications of the Ridgecrest decision 19 Jan 2015
    In an earlier article – Insurance Policy Intepretation – Ramifications of the Ridgecrest Decision, we looked at some of the significant findings of the Supreme Court in that case in Read more...
    Interpreting Insurance Policies – Ramifications of the Ridgecrest decision 19 Jan 2015
    In August 2014, the Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in the case of Ridgecrest NZ Limited v IAG in respect of a preliminary question put to it based on Read more...
    Enforcing EQCs obligations under the EQC Act 15 Jan 2015
    In the case of Earthquake Commission v Insurance Council of New Zealand Inc (delivered in December 2014), the High Court considered the question of how EQC’s obligations under the EQC Read more...
    Insurer liable to pay contingency sum and professional fees as part of a notional rebuild settlement 02 Oct 2014
    In the recent case of Avonside Holdings Ltd v Southern Response (SR), the Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeal's earlier decision that SR was liable to include a Read more...
    EQC liable to pay a proportion of homeowners’ legal costs 14 Sep 2014
    In a recent High Court decision – Whiting v The Earthquake Commission [2014] NZHC 1736 - EQC was ordered to pay a proportion of a homeowners’ legal costs, following settlement Read more...
    How much does an insurer have to pay if an insured homeowner is buying a replacement home? 23 May 2014
    If a homeowner wishes to settle their insurance claim by buying another house (and the insurance policy provides this option), how much does the insurer have to pay? This question was Read more...
    Who has the right to decide how an insurance claim is settled? 23 May 2014
    In the recent case of Skyward Aviation 2008 Ltd v Tower Insurance Ltd, the Court of Appeal considered whether, on the basis of Tower Insurance’s policy wording, the insurer or Read more...
    Family Dispute Resolution – Update 19 Nov 2013
    The Family Dispute Resolution Act (the Act) was passed on 24 September 2013. Under it the Government has introduced a mandatory “user-pays” pre-court alternative dispute resolution – Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Read more...
    Commercial Leases – Changes to the Standard Terms 04 Sep 2013
    The ADLS (Auckland District Law Society) Deed of Lease is the document most commonly utilised for commercial tenancies. An updated version (6th edition) has recently been released. The updated lease contains Read more...
    Consumer Law Changes – Is Your Business Ready? 19 Aug 2013
    The Consumer Law Reform Bill (“the Bill”) contains significant changes to New Zealand consumer laws, and will affect a wide range of businesses. At this stage it looks like it Read more...
    Is my Will binding in all circumstances? 19 Jul 2013
    Many people do not realise that a Will, even if signed correctly, can still be challenged after a person dies. It is important, therefore, to give careful consideration as to how Read more...
    EQC and earthquake land damage settlements – Part II – EQC’s obligations 27 Jun 2013
    In Part I of our series on EQC and Land Damage Settlements, we looked at what the EQC Act provides in general in respect of “land damage” and what it Read more...
    EQC and Earthquake Land Damage Settlements – An Overview of your Entitlements – Part 1 12 Jun 2013
    In April 2013, EQC released two guides for settlement of earthquake land claims (flat land and hill properties), together with sample Land Settlement Packs. The Guides note that they are Read more...
    Employee or contractor 30 May 2013
    You may have hired a worker as a contractor or have begun working as a contractor, but the Courts may see the relationship differently to you. Instead, the Court may Read more...
    Does a family trust protect my home against relationship property claims? 20 May 2013
    You may have heard that trusts are a good protector of homes against relationship property claims. Indeed they may be – but they are not watertight protection. There are various Read more...
    Trial Periods – A Further Update – The Importance of giving an employee time to take advice 04 Mar 2013
    The law around 90 day trial periods continues to develop. We have previously posted articles on the importance of having an employee sign their employment agreement before their first day Read more...
    Trial Periods – Updated – the Importance of Employees agreeing to a Trial Period before accepting Employment 03 Aug 2012
    In June 2012 we posted an article highlighting the importance of employers, who want to rely on a 90 day trial period, ensuring that all new employees sign their employment Read more...
    Relocation Disputes After Separation – Where Should a Child Live if One Parent Wants to Move? 09 Jun 2012
    Disputes about which country or city a child should live in after parents separate (relocation disputes) are becoming more common. Travels costs have become cheaper, meaning that an increasing number Read more...
    EQC is repairing my home – what am I entitled to? 09 Jun 2012
    1. What is the extent of EQC’s obligations? If you are insured with EQC, your home is secured against damage caused by natural disaster for its “replacement value” (generally up to Read more...
    Dealing with workplace stress 09 Jun 2012
    Stress claims at work arise in a variety of situations. (more…) Read more...
    Trial Periods – The Importance of a Prior Signed Employment Agreement 09 Jun 2012
    From 1 April 2011 all employers are able to employ new employees on a trial period of up to 90 calendar days. This means that, subject to certain conditions, an Read more...
    Disputes Tribunal Jurisdiction Limits 11 Dec 2011
    In February 2009, the New Zealand Government announced an intention to increase the Disputes Tribunal jurisdiction limits.  Presently, claims are limited to $7,500.00, or $12,000.00 if the defendant agrees. These Read more...
    Company Liquidation and Voidable Payments 11 Dec 2011
    When a New Zealand company goes into liquidation, the liquidator can ask its creditors to refund payments they received prior to the liquidation. Parry Field Lawyers provide advice designed to Read more...
    Trustee of an Estate – Hard work as Well as Grief 09 Dec 2011
    Dealing with the death of a friend or family member can be taxing but, if you have been appointed a trustee in their Will, there is often more work to Read more...
    Contracting Out of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 09 Dec 2011
    If you are married, or in a civil union or de facto relationship, New Zealand's Property (Relationships) Act 1976 will have an impact on what happens to your property in the event Read more...
    Enduring Powers of Attorney 09 Dec 2011
    What would happen to your affairs if you lost the capacity to handle them yourself? If you don't have an enduring power of attorney (EPA), managing your affairs can be extremely Read more...
    Are You In a De Facto Relationship? 09 Dec 2011
    The inclusion of de facto relationships within New Zealand's Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”) effectively means de facto couples receive similar treatment, concerning disputes about property, to those who Read more...
    Is Your ‘Joint’ Home Really a Joint Family Home? 09 Dec 2011
    Do you and your married spouse own and live in your home? Are either of you self-employed or involved in some occupation that involves personal exposure to financial risks(e.g. personal Read more...
    Feeling Harassed? 09 Dec 2011
    You may be aware that the Domestic Violence Act 1995 provides a means to give protection to any person who has shared a domestic relationship with another person, and who Read more...
    Economic Disparity – What Does This Mean for You? 09 Dec 2011
    Section 15 of New Zealand's Property Relationships Act 1976 was introduced to address issues of inequality between partners following a breakdown of their relationship. The section empowers the Court, following a Read more...
    Key Concepts under the Employment Relations Act 09 Dec 2011
    New Zealand's Employment Relations Act 2000 is designed to recognise and address the perceived inherent imbalance of power in the employment relationship by promoting collective organisation of employees and collective Read more...
    Employment Relations Act 2000 09 Dec 2011
    New Zealand's Employment Relations Act 2000 aims to build productive employment relationships through the promotion of mutual trust and confidence in all aspects of the employment environment. (more…) Read more...
    Workplace Bullying 09 Dec 2011
    Given the lack of comprehensive research into "Workplace bullying", it is difficult to assess the existence and/or prevalence of this phenomenon in New Zealand workplaces. Statutory recognition and protection from workplace Read more...
    Trustee of an Estate – Hard Work as Well as Grief 09 Dec 2011
    Dealing with the death of a friend or family member can be taxing but, if you have been appointed a trustee in their Will, there is often more work to Read more...
    Restrictions On Giving Immigration Advice In New Zealand 09 Dec 2011
    If you are an employer who regularly employs people from overseas, you should be aware that, from May 2009, New Zealand's Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 will require that any Read more...
    Closing the Gaps – Holidays Act 2003 09 Dec 2011
    Are you required to work on a public holiday?  Thinking of calling in sick, being paid time-and-a-half, and getting an additional holiday? Certain provisions in the Holidays Act 2003 may Read more...
    90 Day Employment Trial Periods 09 Dec 2011
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2008 introduced new provisions into New Zealand's Employment Relations Act 2000 allowing employers who have fewer than 20 employees to terminate the employment of new Read more...
    Making an employee redundant or restructuring? A summary of some of the key employment law considerations. 09 Dec 2011
    When an employer is considering making an employee(s) redundant or restructuring job positions, it is important that an employer shows good faith to its employees. The employer needs to ensure that the redundancy Read more...
    Minimum Code For Employment Law In New Zealand 09 Dec 2011
    Although there is no minimum code as such in New Zealand Employment Law, there are certain rights that all New Zealand employers must honour in relation to their employees. (more…) Read more...
    Trustee of an Estate – Hard Work as Well as Grief 09 Dec 2011
    Dealing with the death of a friend or family member can be taxing but, if you have been appointed a trustee in their Will, there is often more work to Read more...
    Who Pays The Ferryman? 09 Dec 2011
    According to Greek mythology, to be properly buried, a coin called an obol needed to be placed under your tongue. This would then be presented to Charon (the ferryman of Read more...
    Risks From Home Made Wills 09 Dec 2011
    One Hamilton High Court case highlighted the difficulties and pitfalls of drafting and executing your own Will when the Court heard of a person who created and signed two Wills on Read more...
    Charitable Trusts 09 Dec 2011
    Parry Field Lawyers provide legal advice on a range of trust matters including formation and operation of both family trusts and charitable trusts. (more…) Read more...
    Guidelines For Trustees (Family Trusts or Charities) 09 Dec 2011
    Parry Field Lawyers provide legal advice on a range of trust matters including formation and operation of both family trusts and charitable trusts. (more…) Read more...
    Common Pitfalls In Making Decisions For Family Trusts 09 Dec 2011
    In the course of trusteeship, trustees make decisions that will impact on the assets of the trust. (more…) Read more...
    Making Sure Your Trust Is Not A Sham 09 Dec 2011
    "Many trustees are unknowingly sitting on a time bomb as a result of the failure of advisors forming trusts to provide practical guidance on trust law, the running of trusts, Read more...
    What Benefits Would A Family Trust Have For Me? 09 Dec 2011
    Parry Field Lawyers provide legal advice on a range of trust matters including entry into and operation of family trusts and charitable trusts. (more…) Read more...
    Do I Need To Make A Will? 09 Dec 2011
    For many of us, making a will is one of those chores that we intend to do one day soon, but just not today.  Let's face it, thinking about certain Read more...