News & Events
Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Law, and what's new at WRMK
Anti-Money Laundering 1 July 2018
July 02, 2018
Real estate transactions are a major target for Anti Money Laundering. From 1st July we will be subject to these regulations. Read about how this will affect you and your clients
When does the “Brightline test” start and finish?
June 18, 2018
Will the current Brightline Test conditions affect you and your house sale?
Methamphetamine Testing – Hoax or Threat?
June 11, 2018
Over the past week there has been a lot of information circling through the media regarding methamphetamine testing. Has the New Zealand public been tricked over the threats on methamphetamine contamination or is the threat still real?
Cash for Hurt Feelings – Employment Court decision signals increases for hurt and humiliation payments
June 05, 2018
The old adage “sticks and stones” may apply to squabbling children, but it certainly doesn’t apply where an employer’s words or actions lead to an unjustifiable sacking. Many employers see employment (and its termination) as a purely business transaction, and are shocked to find out that employees can claim for injury to feelings.
The New Rules on Selling to Overseas Buyers Won't Affect Me, Right?
February 01, 2018
New rules about an overseas person acquiring land are proposed to be in place very soon. So long as your residential, lifestyle or a farm over 5 hectares is not owned by a company or trust, then you are only affected by the new rules if you sell or transfer your property to an overseas persons.
Relocatable Houses - Making sure your dream home arrives safe and sound
January 25, 2018
With property prices around the country reaching record highs, many people are looking to relocatable houses as a faster or more cost-effective option than building from new. Done properly, homeowners or investors can get that chocolate-box villa or bungalow set up on the site of their choice for a fraction of the cost of a new-build. However there are a few things people should consider before getting a house on the road.
Unfair Contract Terms
December 14, 2017
Over the past 6 years New Zealand’s consumer protection laws have seen a number of changes. One of the biggest changes to come out of Parliament was the introduction of “Unfair Contract Terms” (UCT) under the Fair Trading Act Amendment Act 2013. Despite coming into force on 17 March 2015, the New Zealand Commerce Commission is still finding a number of businesses, over a range of different industries, who are in breach of these laws.
Swimming Pool Regulations
November 23, 2017
Summer is almost here, and with it comes long sunny days, BBQs, and swimming in the backyard pool. It’s something that all Northlanders look forward to, but before you dust off your bikini or speedos, now is the perfect time to check whether your pool satisfies all of its legal requirements.
The Pre-Franchise Sleuthing Zone for Prospective Franchisees - What you can research yourself before you get serious!
November 14, 2017
For a potential franchisee, the attraction is a business you can walk into with your hand being held. The negative is that is not exclusively your business and never will be. As a purchaser, the key is finding a franchise opportunity with a fair and reasonable Franchisor who has a strong track record and positive plans for the future. Here are some pre-lawyer sleuthing ideas you can do yourself to get a feel for what the Franchise is like before you come to us for the legal review of the Agreement.
Employment under our new Government - what can we expect?
October 27, 2017
With New Zealand First’s decision to form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens, it is difficult to predict which policies will be implemented in the Employment space. In all the election hoopla focusing on tax, water and “the economy” you may have missed some of the key employment policies.
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