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Preserving our history - Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014

By Kim Carter - April 2016

In May 2014, an Act was introduced that governs the preservation of our cultural and heritage sites. This Act has changed the way heritage sites are recorded, managed and protected in New Zealand. It is important for property owners to be aware of the rules around modifying heritage sites and what to do if a new heritage site is discovered.

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Tidal Energy decision and the potential impact on New Zealand banking practices

By Jonathan Aquilina - March 2016

Tidal Energy Limited v Bank of Scotland [2014] EWCA CIV 1107 is a recent decision of the English Court of Appeal which considered the role of banking practice when payments are executed through the CHAPS system. This article assesses the Court of Appeal’s decision, and provides a warning for lawyers and clients alike.

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Contract and negligence claims - How late is too late?

By Leone Farquhar - February 2016

Can I make a claim? Can I stop someone else from making a claim against me? The answer could be to do with limitation. However, figuring out which limitation period applies to a particular matter is not necessarily straightforward. This article sheds some light on the limitation periods that apply to contract claims and negligence claims, including claims around defective building work.

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Is it time to wind up the family trust?

By Courtney Murray - January 2016

Despite increasing enquiries from clients as to whether trusts still work, the short answer is “yes”. But what are the reasons to keep one? Whatever the reason, it may no longer be relevant due to changes in the law, as well as your individual circumstances.

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Non-party discovery and the implications of the Vector Gas decision

October 2015

This article considers non-party discovery in light of the Vector Gas decision.

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