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21 Nov 2017
We are often asked about what happens when an employee has worked for a significant period of time but has never signed an employment agreement. Employers wish to know what terms and conditions of employment apply to the employee in that situation.
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16 Nov 2017
Lifestyle Property
Are you thinking about trading in for a new view? Here are some pointers for those considering purchasing a lifestyle property.
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9 Nov 2017
What is needed for a contract? Is a verbal contract binding? Lawyers are often asked these questions and in many industries handshake deals are common. However, when something goes wrong, clients want to know if a contract has been formed.
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13 Oct 2017
Methamphetamine-contaminated houses are a growing issue in New Zealand. Ensure you are aware of the risks when purchasing a home.
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25 Sep 2017
Wood Burner
Environment Canterbury (“ECan”) have made significant changes to the wood burner regulations for Clean Air Zones in Canterbury. Make sure you don’t miss the deadline!
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20 Sep 2017
Bill Brown
Congratulations to William Brown who has been elected Club Captain of Clearwater Golf Club.
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24 Aug 2017
Residential Tenancies Act
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (“Act”) was amended last year which changes the obligations of landlords in respect to their rental properties. The main key changes affect your obligations in respect to smoke alarms, insulation and the tenancy abandonment process.
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27 Jul 2017
Solicitor's Approval Condition
We often see Agreements for Sale and Purchase (“Agreement”) that are subject to a “Solicitor’s Approval” clause. What does this really mean and will it provide you with a right to cancel the Agreement?
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3 Jul 2017
Geoff Saunders
Today marks 20 years since Geoff Saunders established his own sole practice.
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29 Jun 2017
Asset Sale vs Share Sale
Are you confused about the distinction between buying assets or shares when buying a business? We explain the difference between an asset and a share sale, and the pros and cons of each.
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29 Jun 2017
Pre-Settlement Inspection
What is it? If you are buying a property and your Agreement for Sale and Purchase (“Agreement”) is unconditional, it is important that you are aware that the standard Agreement provides you with the right to inspect the property prior to settlement. This is called a pre-settlement inspection (“Inspection”). The Inspection can be organised through the real estate agent or directly with the Vendor or their Solicitor (if a private sale).
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27 Jun 2017
Multi Purpose Arena
Saunders Robinson Brown has been engaged to form the Multi-Purpose Arena Trust, which continues the firm's long tradition of supporting Christchurch sporting projects.
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14 Jun 2017
We are pleased to announce that Anna Fox has been appointed as Saunders Robinson Brown’s Managing Partner, effective from 1 June 2017.
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7 Jun 2017
We are proud to announce that partner Lee Robinson was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the community and sport in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
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19 May 2017
If you are buying a property, your agreement for sale and purchase should be subject to finance - even if you have pre-approval.
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1 Dec 2016
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has announced changes to the Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) restrictions, which became effective from 1 September 2016. These changes will have an impact on those wanting to invest in the property market.
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30 Nov 2016
Are you are going into a new business or are you an owner of an existing business without a shareholder agreement? Here are seven reasons why it is important to have a shareholder agreement.
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18 Aug 2016
We’ve all heard of a ‘personal guarantee’, but what is it and is it worth the paper it is written on?
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3 Aug 2016
On 1 August 2016 the Government announced key changes to the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant, which allow for a wider range of first home buyers to be eligible for the grant.
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19 Jul 2016
The recent building boom in Christchurch has resulted in a number of issues with the quality of house builds and alterations. We discuss key areas of dispute and some tips on what to do if issues do arise.
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13 May 2016
The EQC and the EQC Action Group have recently released a joint statement clarifying the principles that guide the EQC’s assessment and settlement of building claims under the Earthquake Commission Act. Read more to see whether this may affect your claim.
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4 Apr 2016
On 1 April 2016 the Employment Standards Legislation Bill came into force. The Bill has introduced a number of changes to core New Zealand employment legislation. It is important that employers are aware of the key changes.
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21 Mar 2016
Are you considering building a new house or renovating an existing one? Here are six useful pointers for you to consider.
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11 Mar 2016
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Some useful tips on investing in commercial property from one of our Partners, Kahu Simmonds.
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15 Jan 2016
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force on 4 April 2016. The Act makes significant changes to New Zealand's current health and safety legislation.
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12 Nov 2015
By completing an Enduring Power of Attorney you can decide ahead of time who will have the ability to act on your behalf and manage both your financial and health affairs. EPAs are not just for older members of our community and should be completed by people of all ages as an essential part of your estate planning.
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6 Nov 2015
Buying and selling new houses contains considerable risks for those involved. This article provides a refresher on the main risks and what you can do to manage them.
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19 Aug 2015
This is the first in a series of articles providing a brief synopsis of various business structures. This article deals with the most common form of business structure: the company.
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31 Jul 2015
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority ("CERA") has released its Recovery Plan following the Supreme Court's judgment in Quake Outcasts v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery [2015] NZSC 27. The plan provides for new Crown offers to be made at 100% of the 2007/08 rateable land value for vacant, insured commercial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone.
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23 Jul 2015
The Supreme Court recently delivered its judgment in Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings [2015] NZSC 110 finding that a 10% allowance for contingencies and a 10% allowance professional fees was payable as part of a notional rebuild calculation. This decision will have ramifications for AMI policyholders, as well as other policyholders with similar policies.
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3 Jul 2015
The Court of Appeal has recently confirmed that an employer's reasons for a redundancy process, even if genuine, may be open to question.
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26 Jun 2015
North Canterbury
SRB Law is presenting a seminar for North Canterbury based small to medium business owners/managers. Join specialists from the SRB Law team from our Rangiora and Christchurch offices to gain insights into the key information you need to know about, and what actions you should be taking, as a business owner/manager.
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25 May 2015
Recent changes to the KiwiSaver and HomeStart criteria have resulted in a number of benefits if you are a first home buyer. You may also qualify for these benefits if you have previously owned a home subject to certain criteria. Read the full article to see what you may be entitled to.
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21 May 2015
‘As is where is’ sales are becoming increasingly popular in the Canterbury region since the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Prospective purchasers often see a quick profit to be made with these properties; however, there are a number of risks that you need to consider before committing to such a purchase.
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15 Apr 2015
This year is the first year either ANZAC Day or Waitangi Day has fallen on a weekend since the 'Mondayisation' of public holidays. What does this mean for you?
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10 Apr 2015
Hagley Oval
The Hagley Oval has been named 'International Cricket Pitch of the Year' at the New Zealand Cricket awards dinner in Auckland. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Lee Robinson, Partner, and the team at the Canterbury Cricket Trust.
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18 Mar 2015
New laws are now in force restricting the use of unfair terms in standard form consumer contracts. Suppliers of goods or services may need to update their standard terms and conditions. In some cases, there are serious penalties if an unfair term is used.
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20 Feb 2015
rock fall christchurch earthquake
On 13 February 2015 the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in Kraal v EQC & Allianz New Zealand Ltd. It dismissed the appeal, finding that the risk of rock fall that is not “imminent”, is not “natural disaster damage” and is not a form of loss or damage covered under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 or the private insurance policy in question.
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29 Jan 2015
Canterbury Golf
Canterbury Golf has appointed Geoff Saunders to review current policies and guidelines relating to Canterbury representatives for men's golf.
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1 Dec 2014
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From 1 December 2014 there has been a change in New Zealand’s drink driving limits. The breath alcohol limit has dropped from 400 to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath and the blood alcohol limit has dropped from 80 to 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.
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11 Nov 2014
Lee Robinson
Saunders Robinson Brown has been delighted to have been involved with the development of Hagley Oval as a Test and First Class cricket ground in Christchurch.
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