Publications

Publications

Newsletter

September 2018

3 September 2018

Newsletter - September 2018
Govett Quilliam's Newsletter providing you with all our latest legal updates. 
First Home Buyers

September 2018

3 September 2018

First Home Buyers - Top 5 Tips
Discover our top 5 tips when buying your first home.
Early Withdrawal of Kiwisaver Funds

September 2018

3 September 2018

Early Withdrawal of Kiwisaver Funds
The Kiwisaver Scheme has become part of the financial landscape in New Zealand since being introduced on 1 July 2007.  It was a policy initiative of Helen Clark’s Labour Government with the main purpose being to assist New Zealanders to save for their retirement.
Memorandum of Wishes

September 2018

3 September 2018

Memorandum of Wishes
With the proliferation of family trusts in New Zealand and particularly those established by the baby boomer generation during the 1980s, we are now starting to see many settlors (those who established the trust and settled assets upon it) reaching retirement, old age and death.
Social Media and Business: A Double Edged Sword

September 2018

3 September 2018

Social Media and Business: A Double Edged Sword
There any many positive impacts and benefits of social media use in business including increased engagement with customers and wider word-of-mouth advertising. 
Update on Overseas Investment Law

September 2018

3 September 2018

Update on Overseas Investment Law
As one of the key goals under its ‘100-day Day Plan’, the Labour Party pledged to “ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses” with a view to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first homes.  
Limited Licence Applications

July 2018

12 August 2018

Limited Licence Applications
If you have been suspended or disqualified from driving, you may be able to apply to the District Court for a limited licence.
 
Draft National Planning Standards

July 2018

12 August 2018

Draft National Planning Standards
In early June 2018, the Ministry for the Environment formally notified its first set of draft National Planning Standards, with the aim of simplifying planning documents prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991.  Submissions on the National Planning Standards close on Friday 17 August 2018
The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 – what will this mean for landlords?

July 2018

12 August 2018

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 – what will this mean for landlords?
The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 (the Act) was passed into law late last year.  The Act amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 by setting new standards for rental properties in terms of warmth and ventilation.
Fair Pay Arrangements

July 2018

12 August 2018

Fair Pay Arrangements
With industrial action on the rise in recent months, and Fair Pay Agreements on the horizon, are we seeing, as opponents of the Government have suggested, a return to pre-1990s industrial relations?
Newsletter

July 2018

1 July 2018

Newsletter - July 2018
Govett Quilliam's Newsletter providing you with all our latest legal updates. 
Newsletter

May 2018

22 May 2018

Newsletter - May 2018
Govett Quilliam's Newsletter providing you with all our latest legal updates. 
 
NZ's Ban Of Offshore Exploration & The Case For Consultation

May 2018

22 May 2018

NZ's Ban Of Offshore Exploration & The Case For Consultation
The Government’s announcement to ban future offshore oil and gas exploration permits was allegedly made without a plan, without any cost-benefit analysis and consequently without any certainty for the industry, investors and the thousands of people directly employed by the industry. 
Client Trust Newsletter

May 2018

22 May 2018

Client Trust Newsletter
Find out about the TRUST BILLTRUSTEE DUTIES AND PRACTICAL TIPS, COMMON REPORTING STANDARD and meet our new ASSOCIATE, Blair McNamara
New Zealand heads into Outer Space

February 2018

16 February 2018

New Zealand heads into Outer Space

On 10 July 2017, New Zealand finally implement the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017 (Act), which came into force on 21 December 2017.

Labour to Roll Back on 90-Day Trial Periods Under New Employment Law Reforms

January 2018

28 January 2018

Labour To Roll Back On 90-Day Trial Periods Under New Employment Law Reforms
The new Labour-led Government has softened its position on controversial trial periods.
 
Why is Competition Law Important? - NZME and FairFax Media Merger Case Study

December 2017

21 December 2017

Why is Competition Law Important? - NZME and FairFax Media Merger Case Study

Competition law promotes or seeks to maintain competition in marketplaces. It does this by restricting anti-competitive trade practices, mergers and business acquisitions, and economic regulation.

Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill

December 2017

21 December 2017

Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill
Domestic violence (“DV”) has proven to be a significant issue in New Zealand. For example in 2016, the New Zealand (“NZ”) Police investigated 118,910 incidents of family violence, that equates to approximately one DV incident every five minutes.
 
The Corporate Veil

December2017

20 December 2017

The Corporate Veil
Section 15 of the Companies Act 1993 (“Act”) states that a company has a legal personality in its own right and is separate from its shareholders.