Legal articles & publications

Insurance fraud: who am I hurting?

By: Sarah Harris

Insurance fraud has been around since insurance began. It is often perceived as a ‘victimless crime’, where the only ‘losers’ are big insurance companies that can afford the loss.

No longer sustainable? A new direction for New Zealand’s resource management system

By: Michelle Mehlhopt, Jesse Aimer

In a report released Wednesday 29 July, the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) recommended major changes to New Zealand’s resource management system.

Privacy Act 2020 – Are you ready?

By: Bethany Entwistle

New Zealand’s highly anticipated Privacy Act will commence on 1 December 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993.

RMA refreshed? Changes to the Resource Management Act enacted

By: Kate Dickson, Mike Doesburg

The Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 came into force this week. The amendments will have significant implications for local authorities, particularly in the freshwater and climate change space.

Your home is your castle

By: Jenny Turner

Lockdown and the COVID-19 global pandemic has seen us all spending more of our time at home.

Will drug testing be thrown out the window?

By: Amanda Douglas

The landscape is changing, with medicinal cannabis now legalised and an upcoming referendum testing the appetite for the legalisation of personal use of cannabis. So, what is the impact on drug testing in the workplace, and the systems that employers already have in place?

Deadline extended for the compliance statement for the healthy homes standard

By: Angela Brown

From the 1 July 2019 landlords were required to meet the new rules for the healthy home standards that related to insulation, ventilation, heating, moisture ingress, draught stopping and drainage.

Affidavits of documents in multi-party litigation: Court of Appeal provides welcome guidance

By: Shane Campbell

The current James Hardie litigation concerns allegations that certain exterior cladding products manufactured by the James Hardie group were defective, which defects are alleged to have caused moisture ingress and associated damages.

Personal liability of building inspectors

By: Richard Hargreaves

There is currently a trend amongst plaintiffs to commence proceedings against building inspectors personally in defective building cases. This is only appropriate in very specific circumstances.

When is a lawyer not a lawyer?

By: Sarah Harris

The recent case of Burcher v Auckland Standards Committee No 5 [2020] NZHC 43 raises again the question: when is a lawyer not a lawyer?

Defective EQC Repairs? Time’s running out…

By: Emily Walton

If you bought an EQC repaired house after the Canterbury Earthquakes and before 15 August 2019 and you have concerns about the quality of the repairs, the clock is ticking. You only have until 14 August 2020 to register your interest in an EQC ex gratia payment for repair costs.

Extended Subsidy or Restructuring – What are your options at the expiry of the Wage Subsidy?

By: Amanda Douglas

On 14 March 2020, as part of its budget announcement, the Government outlined that the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy would be extended.

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