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Revised Immigration Rules

The Government has recently announced a re-opening of the Parent Category for immigration purposes, which had been frozen since 2016 and has now been closed. However, […]

Thinking About Becoming a Trustee?

From time to time you may be asked to be a trustee of a trust for someone – be it a friend, colleague or relative. While […]

All About Employment Relationships

It’s no surprise that employment relationships are a major feature of our lives. Many of us spend more time at work than we do in our […]

Work Place Bullying. Should Employers Be Concerned? The Answer Is Yes.

With the recent publication of the External Independent Review, ‘Bullying and Harassment in the New Zealand Parliamentary Workplace’ and the ongoing coverage of bullying in the […]

Appointing Attorneys to Act on Your Behalf

It’s been a hot topic recently with a number of people asking us how General and Enduring Powers of Attorney work. A general power of attorney […]

Have You Heard of the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant?

Every penny counts when buying your first home! There are many options for financing your purchase; some including, your own savings, your KiwiSaver, and the KiwiSaver […]

The Case of Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited

The case of Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited v Yan has been one of the highest profile cases in the last number of years. This case involves one […]

New ‘Gateways’ For Employers and Migrants

Immigration New Zealand is seeking feedback on its proposal to change work visa settings; to make them more employer-led, and hopefully, more responsive to the labour […]

Are You Thinking of Renting Your Property?

New Zealanders have a particular affinity for investing in residential property. We see large numbers of our clients retaining ownership of their first home when they […]

How the Changes to the Relationship Property Act Affect You

Are you married or in a de facto relationship? Are you thinking of moving in with that special someone? Do you already have a contracting out […]

New Zealand’s Long Term Skills Shortage

IMPORTANT: From June 2018, there have been changes to the work visa system, leaving skills shortages to not be relevant anymore. Please check out the Wakefields […]

Cross Lease – What Exactly Is This?

  Now that the worst of winter seems to have passed and the property market is heating back up, it’s time to look at one of […]

Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

  Chances are, if you have recently approached us for legal assistance, you would have received an email from us with details of the new Anti-Money […]

‘Digital Assets’ – What Exactly Are They?

  Welcome back to our tech blogs! Our last tech blog was on the digital estate planning of your crypto assets. Since then we’ve presented at a […]

Possible Consequences for Commercial Tenants

  There is a massive accounting change on the horizon that will have significant adverse implications on many commercial tenants and the way they view the […]

Buying Property – Should You Meth Test?

Have you been thinking about purchasing property? Have you heard any of the media buzz around methamphetamine contamination testing or seen advertisements from any companies offering […]

Ever Considered Importing Your Staff?

  With applications for labour-market-tested work visas often taking 60 days or more to process and continuing low unemployment, it’s timely to consider whether becoming an […]

The Top 5 Mistakes Business Owners Make

Running a business is hard work as any business owner knows only too well. There are staff to think about, cash flow to worry about and […]

Can You Make an Electronic Will?

Can you execute an electronic will?  Possibly, but currently the options are extremely limited. While the Wills Act 2007 does contemplate the possibility of executing a […]

What’s the State of Your Digital Estate?

You started with a little Bitcoin, then maybe you bought some Ether. Over time your portfolio got more complex as you traded and purchased a variety […]

Estonia – The Digital Nation

Estonia – the Blockchain Nation A glimpse into our tech future? Estonian Independence Day is on 24 February, so what better time to have SimpleTech highlight […]

What is an ICO? A simple summary to bring you up to speed!

What is an ICO? A simple summary to bring you up to speed! Following on from our Bitcoin and blockchain tech blogs of recent, 2017 saw […]

Bitcoin 2.0 – Getting on that train.

In our last Simple Tech blog we had a high level look at blockchain technology, the engine of Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is set to be the most disruptive […]

Simple Tech: Bitcoin 101

Chances are you’re seeing the terms ‘Bitcoin’, ‘cryptocurrency’ or ‘blockchain’ appear in your regular news source with increasing frequency. While Bitcoin (aka BTC) has been around […]

What’s in a name? Protecting what could be your most valuable asset!

You’ve got your million dollar idea, your business plan, investors and, importantly, a really unique and catchy name for your company! Protecting your name can be […]

Company Share Apartments: What are you actually buying?

Company share apartments are a unique form of ownership arrangement where the owner doesn’t technically own an estate in land, but owns shares in a company […]

The Art of Law

This week, we’re bringing you something completely different! Wakefields have re-purposed our walls to provide a space for local artists to display and sell their work. […]

Three Basic Methods of Business Valuation

Three Basic Methods of Business Valuation From Guest Blogger, Dave Morgan at LINK Business Broking If you’re considering selling your company, it helps to understand methods of […]

Simple Tech: Sustaining v Disrupting

Welcome to the first in a series of tech blogs coming your way each month! In this series of blogs, the Wakefields Tech Team will bring […]

Ever thought about selling your business?

Ever considered selling your business? Here's a simple summary of the big questions you might have. Assets or Shares? One of the first questions you will […]

Who’s Consenting to Your Home Improvement?

From the Property Team   We’ve been discussing a recent news article where a property owner got into hot water after demolishing their own house and […]

What’s Hiding in Your Lease

Are you contemplating entering into a new commercial lease? These documents are far more complex than your simple residential lease and therefore harder to understand, especially […]

The Building Blocks of Business

Starting your own business comes with so many complex decisions, one of the first is figuring out what corporate structure to use. In most instances, you’ll […]

Ask a Lawyer: Do I need a LIM?

Ask a Lawyer: Do I need a LIM?   Angela recently emailed us to ask: ‘I’m looking at buying a house, why do I need to […]

Suits to Gumboots: Matiu/Somes Island

On a damp winter’s morning a group of excited, warmly dressed lawyers boarded the East by West Ferry to cross Wellington Harbour and landed on beautiful […]

Business in the Cloud: Taking the World by Storm

Business in the Cloud: Taking the World by Storm From the Technology Law Team   The concept of cloud computing has been around since the 1990s, […]

Ask a Lawyer: How much do you really work?

Lisa & Sarah braving the weather to feed the hungry sheep and meet the newest residents on Matiu/Somes Island for our annual volunteer day. Ask a […]

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb?

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb? From the Property Team Property owners are increasingly turning to websites like Airbnb.co.nz and couchsurfing.com to earn extra income and offset their […]

Bach Tax: What to do if you’re renting your holiday home.

Bach Tax: What to do if you’re renting your holiday home. From the Property Team New Zealanders have a great love affair with holiday homes. Since […]

Ask a Lawyer: Does a Will Outright a Trust?

Ask a Lawyer: Does a Will Outright a Trust? From the Wealth Protection Team A reader wrote to us and asked: ‘Does a will outright a trust?’ By […]

How secure are the funds you’ve injected into your business?

How secure are the funds you’ve injected into your business? From the Commercial Law Team We often see business owners who haven’t thought to protect the […]

Purchaser’s Perspective: What conditions should I put in my offer on a house?

Purchaser’s Perspective: What conditions should I put in my Sale & Purchase Agreement when making an offer on a house? From the Property Team Finding a […]

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst – Understanding Relationship Property 

You’ve probably heard that there are three versions of the truth – her version; his version and somewhere in between. Nobody wants to end up feeling […]

The Value of Employee Share Schemes

One way to attract, retain and incentivise talent is to give your employees an opportunity to participate financially in the growth of your business. One way […]

Thought about your Family Trust recently?

When was the last time you gave any thought to your Family Trust? Here’s what you might not know about how to look after it successfully… […]

There’s more than one way to raise the rent.

Here’s what you might not know about your commercial lease… Rent costs are likely to be one of the ultimate factors in determining where you base […]

Ever wondered what your social media is worth?

Have you ever wondered what your social media is worth? Here’s what you need to know about social media accounts as an asset. Social media is […]

What you need to know about offering employees shares in your business.

Too often, as lawyers, we find ourselves engaged in a business sale where the parties, or their advisers, have neglected to consider the implications of the […]

This is what you might not know about taking breaks at work.

Are you getting it right? Small businesses hiring employees for the first time have a lot of new ground to cover – everything from setting appropriate […]

Selling a Property? Taxation is Coming!

Are you going to have to pay up to 33% resident land withholding tax on your next property sale? There are now laws in place to […]

Protect your Tech – How to share your ideas safely.

How can you keep your software idea confidential & safe? The simplest and most complete answer to this question is to keep your product or program […]

Can You Trust Your Trust? What you need to know to protect your home.

Can You Trust Your Trust? The following hypothetical scenario is very common: Jess has decided to purchase a residential property. Jess is currently single, but is […]

Updates to the Employment Relations Act

Nearly a year ago there were a large number of changes to employment law relating to zero hours contracts. Under these contracts, employers were not guaranteeing […]

Closely-Held Companies – The Importance of a Co-ownership Agreement

What is a closely-held company? At Wakefields we specialise in dealing with smaller companies known as closely-held companies, or so-called ‘mum and dad’ type companies. These […]

Earthquake Prone Buildings

A number of commercial buildings in the Wellington CBD suffered extensive damage in the recent earthquake. This seems like an appropriate time to explain the implications […]

Is your insurance up to scratch?

Six years on from the Christchurch Earthquakes, insurance claims are still being settled through EQC. With the recent Culverden earthquake, now is a good time to […]

Is Your Business Earthquake Safe?

Wellington and the upper South Island recently experienced an unprecedented earthquake, causing serious disruption to life in the CBD. Many businesses are still displaced from their […]

Eureka! Now What?

New Zealanders are master inventors, and Wellington especially has a great reputation for cultivating ‘start-ups’. What Kiwi inventors are not quite so good at is moving […]

The Legal Results of a Market Decline

When a market is in relative good health, there is a good chance economists will be predicting a future decline. In light of the current press […]

Buying Goods Subject to Security – the ‘Ordinary Course of Business’ Exemption

When buying or leasing valuable goods, it is important to check that they are not subject to a security interest.   Otherwise, the secured party is able to […]

The Ins and Outs of a Restraint of Trade Clause

The world of business is increasingly competitive.   Business owners, as employers, have become more focused on securing and safeguarding information that sustains their business – such […]

Buildings and Warrants of Fitness

Many commercial and multi-residential buildings require an annual building warrant of fitness (‘BWOF’) to prove that the building’s safety systems have been maintained and inspected. The […]

Flatmate or De Facto Partner?

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (‘Act’) provides an equal sharing presumption to relationship property for qualifying relationships.   Qualifying relationships are marriages, civil unions or de facto […]

Reform – Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (‘Act’) came into force on 4 April 2016.   The Act has significant implications for workers and business […]

Property Purchase – Meth Testing

Methamphetamine (‘Meth’) contamination has been described as being so prevalent that it could be worse than the leaky home crisis that affected New Zealand in the […]

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill – A Look At The Changes For Landlords & Tenants

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on 3 December 2015, and with it came a number of interesting proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies […]

Updated Agreement For Sale & Purchase Of Real Estate

Recent changes to the widely used Agreement for Sale & Purchase of Real Estate prepared by the Auckland District Law Society and the Real Estate Institute […]

The Health & Safety At Work Act 2015 – In Force From 4 April 2016

In New Zealand, more than one in ten workers claim for a workplace injury each year.   To address this, the new Health and Safety at Work […]

Gift Vouchers – What Happens If The Business Goes Into Receivership?

It is an unfortunate reality of business that businesses fail.   When this happens, it can affect a wide range of different parties and their ability to […]

How Well Do You Know Your Lease?

The majority of lease arrangements are entered into using the Deed of Lease provided by the Auckland District Law Society.   Whether you are a business owner […]

Buying A Vehicle – Is There Money Owing?

If you are in the process of purchasing a vehicle privately, it is very important to check that there is no money owing on it. This […]

Trusts & Relationship Property – What Does Clayton v Clayton Mean For Me?

Clayton v Clayton [2015] NZCA 30 (‘Clayton’) considers whether property owned by a particular trust is relationship property for the purposes of the Property (Relationship) Act […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Update

In October 2015, the final form of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (‘TPPA’) was agreed upon in principle by the trade representatives for each of the 12 […]

Tax Changes For Settlements & The ‘Bright-Line’ Test

With effect from 1 October 2015, there are new requirements around disclosure of tax information when buying, selling and transferring New Zealand property.   There is also […]

Selling a Business – Things to Consider

You’ve worked hard to make your business what it is, but now you’re ready to move on. So you list it for sale, accept an offer, […]

Alcohol Control

It is not an offence per se to have alcohol in a public place.  It is however, an offence to breach council bylaws. Each council makes […]

Passing Away Without A Will – What Happens To Your Estate?

Passing Away Without A Will – What Happens To Your Estate? When a person passes away without a will, the Administration Act 1969 (the ‘Act’) sets […]

Are You Considering Retirement Village Living?

The decision to enter into a retirement village can come about for a variety of reasons, and it is important that you allow yourself enough time […]

Building Your New Home – Why Include A Sunset Clause?

When building a new home, there are several important steps in the process that have potential to delay final completion date. In some circumstances, for example, […]

Building Contracts & Retention Sums

Many building contracts will be drafted with progress payments falling due throughout the building process and with the final payment being due on “practical completion”. Practical […]

Changes to the Companies Act 1993

Company directors should be aware of the changes of the Companies Act 1993 (the’Act’) that became law on 24 June 2014. Some changes took immediate effect, […]

Disclosure Obligations – Property Sales

The principle of ‘caveat emptor’ or ‘let the buyer beware’ applies to buying property. Purchasers are always advised to complete their own thorough due diligence investigation […]

Employment Settlement Agreements: Non-Disparagement Provisions

The media love reporting on salacious details of employment disputes before the Employment Relations Authority (‘ERA’) and the Employment Court, by trumpeting headlines like “Sacked worker […]

Trade & Trader’s Obligations When Selling Online

Online auction websites (like TradeMe) can be an easy stepping-stone towards starting or growing a business. The systems are already in place and there are relatively […]

Payment of Deposits

Payment of deposits has become a normal part of everyday business, being commonplace in transactions from house purchases to building work. But should you be paying […]

Update On Building Amendment Act 2013

The Building Amendment Act 2013 (‘Act’) changed the rules around residential building works from 1 January 2015.The changes include the following: Works worth more than $30,000 […]

When A Company Is In Financial Difficulty

When a company is in financial difficulty, it might find itself subject to a voluntary administration, receivership or liquidation. There are important differences between these processes, […]

Permanent Residency In New Zealand

The process to apply and become a permanent resident in New Zealand can be complex, difficult and expensive for some. It can also be time consuming. […]

New Requirements For Company Directors From 1 May 2015

The changes require that all New Zealand companies incorporated after 1 May 2015 must have at least one director that: lives in New Zealand (citizenship is […]

An Overview Of The Foreign Account Compliance Act

The Foreign Account Compliance Act (‘FATCA’) is legislation of the United States of America, passed in March 2010 by the US Congress. FATCA is a mechanism […]

Can You Bike Home From The Pub?

You cannot be charged with a drink driving offence under New Zealand law while riding a bicycle, unless it has a motor. Excess Breath/Blood Alcohol (‘EBA’) […]

How Social Media Can Infiltrate Your Work Life

In the last decade the use of social media has exponentially expanded. Social media, such as Facebook, enables users to interact with large numbers of people, […]

Is It A Fixture Or A Chattel?

When buying or selling property, fixtures are generally included automatically, chattels are not. This can cause difficulty as it is not always clear whether something is […]

General Security Agreements – The Inside Story

  You may have been asked to enter into a General Security Agreement (‘GSA’) to provide security over your assets to a third party, before that […]

Love Thy Neighbour – Part Two

In a perfect world, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it together. However, it is not a perfect world, […]

Employee Disciplinary Meetings

From time to time, an issue may arise with an employee in the workplace that causes employers concern. These issues are many and varied, but can […]

What Is My Role As An Attorney

As an attorney appointed under an enduring power of attorney (‘EPA’), you have important obligations to the person who appointed you (‘Donor’). Some obligations are imposed […]

Protecting Your Trading Name

The reputation of your business may be its most valuable asset. You have worked hard to develop your brand, so it makes sense that you also […]

Love Thy Neighbour

Disputes with neighbours can arise over numerous different issues, such as noise, fences, trees and animals, etc. Ideally, you and your neighbour should be able to […]

Tips For Running A Sound Employment Investigation

As an employer, it is almost inevitable that you will encounter issues with employees that will require an employment investigation. The issues that could arise are […]

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