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Job opportunity! Experienced Commercial/Property/Private Client Lawyer

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We have an opportunity for an experienced lawyer to accelerate your career.

We are a firm based on client relationships and high-quality service. We offer a supportive, flexible and friendly working environment, an established and growing client base, and a commitment to professional development.

To apply for this role you should have a minimum of 3 years PQE predominantly in general commercial law practice. You will have dealt with property and finance transactions, leases, business acquisitions, asset planning, original contract drafting, ...

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AML and what it means …

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The 1st July 2018 brought a significant change for law firms and other professionals. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Law) came into effect meaning that law firms and professionals have had to change their procedures in relation to client information gathering.

This law is part of a global initiative and its purpose is to demonstrate New Zealand’s commitment to take counter measures to prevent criminal activity and to bring those who partake in such criminal ...

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Is the sale of my property subject to tax?

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The “bright line test” was introduced in 2015 in an effort to tighten the property investment rules. Originally the bright line test provided (subject to exemptions) that any gain received from the disposal of a residential property, within two years of its acquisition, was taxable. The government extended the bright line from two years to five years on the 29th March 2018.

It is important to note that the test only applies to residential land and does not include farms or ...

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Holidays Act Review Announced

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Holidays Act Review Announced

On 29 May 2018 the Government announced the formation of a Working Group to conduct a full review of the Holidays Act 2003 (“the Act”). The review will be carried out by a tripartite Working Group with Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.

This news will be well received by many employers and employees who have struggled with the archaic and overly complex Act, which was originally drafted in 1981. Much has changed since then when ...

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Smiths City – Employment Court confirms the obligation to pay employees for all hours worked

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For many years, we have been advising employers that requiring employees to participate in unpaid meetings and undertake “before work” tasks such as health and safety checks, or the requirement to cash up after hours, amounts to work, and should result in an employee being paid.  The Employment Court recently confirmed that view.  Employers should be aware of the potential legal issues that flow from the Smiths City decision.

In Labour Inspector v Smiths City Group Limited, the Court held that ...

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