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Do you collect personal information?

July 8th, 2020 Richard Gordon

Do you collect personal information?

The Privacy Act 2020 is scheduled to come into effect on 1 December 2020, and it is important that businesses and organisations are ready – find out what your obligations are

 
COVID-19 Hibernation and Safe Harbours – temporary relief from debts for companies but only if you can tick the right boxes

COVID-19 Hibernation and Safe Harbours – temporary relief from debts for companies but only if you can tick the right boxes

Without the proposed temporary changes to the Companies Act directors could face personal liability for their company’s debts if they allowed a company with cash flow or other solvency issues to continue trading.
 
Covid-19 –Alert Level 4 - Can I stop paying rent or get out of my lease?

Covid-19 –Alert Level 4 - Can I stop paying rent or get out of my lease?

The wording of the lease will be critical to determining rights commercial tenants have to relief from paying rent and outgoings during the lock-down period.

Legal advice is crucial before taking action.

 
COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

March 26th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

Employers can apply for a lump sum payment for their employees over 12 weeks if they have experienced a 30% actual or predicted decline in revenue due to COVID-19, over the period of a month when compared to a month last year.

 
Frustration of contracts and COVID-19

March 26th, 2020 Brett Gould, Alex Morrissey

Frustration of contracts and COVID-19

Before bringing a contract to an end on the grounds of frustration we strongly recommend you to talk to one of our commercial lawyers to avoid being held liable for breach of contract.

 
COVID-19 How your business can weather the storm

March 25th, 2020 Nigel Moody

COVID-19 How your business can weather the storm

In this article we’ve summarised the process that we as a business have been through and recommend other businesses follow to keep agile and weather the COVID-19 storm.

 
Government assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19

March 25th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Government assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19

A $6.25 billion scheme is available for lending to small and medium-sized businesses with an annual turnover between $250,000 and $80 million per annum.

 
Restraints of Trade & Non-Competition Clauses – Independent Contractors

December 4th, 2019 Richard Gordon

Restraints of Trade & Non-Competition Clauses – Independent Contractors

It is common to see a restraint of trade clause in an employment agreement or an agreement for the sale and purchase of a business. But what about independent contractor agreements?
Can an independent contractor be subject to a restraint of trade?
 
Business Owner Conundrum – Considerations of succession and selling

October 24th, 2019 Brett Gould

Business Owner Conundrum – Considerations of succession and selling

National Research Bureau recently recorded that 130,000 businesses will be for sale in the next 10 years. This means business owners need to give the matter of sale or succession due consideration. Some business owners will have a succession plan - other won't...
 
Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

July 29th, 2019 Alexandra Morrissey

Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

[Photo:CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images, original author: Nick YoungsonOriginal Image]

Who are vulnerable employees? And what extra protection do they have under the Employment Relations Act 2000?
 
Commercial Leases - what to look out for

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Commercial Leases - what to look out for

A commercial lease can be a complicated agreement with binding implications for both the landlord and tenant.  Before you enter into a Lease, it is vital that you understand the rights and responsibilities...
 
Terms of Trade

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Terms of Trade

Time and time again, we are approached by disgruntled business owners and dissatisfied customers to help resolve disputes arising from deals made on the basis of informal arrangements...
 
Major Transactions - Your obligations as a Director and Trustee

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Major Transactions - Your obligations as a Director and Trustee

A general principle of the Companies Act 1993 is that the board of directors is appointed to manage and control the day-to-day operations of a company.  However, some decisions may substantially change the nature or direction of a company...
 
An introduction to shareholders' agreement - Why are they so important?

March 2nd, 2018 Gibson Sheat

An introduction to shareholders' agreement - Why are they so important?

A shareholders' agreement (“Agreement”) records the arrangements between the shareholders and directors of a company regarding the ownership, governance and management of the company...
 
Why is competition law important? - NZME and Fairfax Media merger case

September 29th, 2017 Gibson Sheat

Why is competition law important? - NZME and Fairfax Media merger case

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.