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Thinking of subleasing? What you need to know

August 17th, 2020 Matthew Joyce & Tom Fitall

Thinking of subleasing? What you need to know

Subleasing may be an option as businesses consider reducing the amount of office space they require in the new COVID-19 world. But what do you need to know before jumping on the sublease wagon?
Topics: COVID-19 , Property
 
Our offices are open under Alert Level 2

May 18th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Our offices are open under Alert Level 2

We're pleased to be back in our offices and available to meet in person once again, under physical distancing requirements, of course.
Topics: COVID-19 , News
 
COVID-19 –  Claims for loss and expense due to slower working conditions?

April 28th, 2020 Finn Collins

COVID-19 – Claims for loss and expense due to slower working conditions?

In our latest COVID-19 construction update Finn Collins discusses  the costs of working, primarily on commercial projects under level 3. 

 
COVID-19 - Issues for employers at Alert Level 3

April 24th, 2020 Mike Gould

COVID-19 - Issues for employers at Alert Level 3

Requirements for workplaces at Level 3 are:

  • People must work from home if that is possible;
  • There must be no physical interaction with customers;
  • Workplaces must be able to be operated safely, including a requirement for one metre physical distancing.
 
COVID-19 – Alert Level 3 – How does this change affect rental payments?

COVID-19 – Alert Level 3 – How does this change affect rental payments?

This is an update on our previous note on leases at Level 4

In this note we examine the implications of the move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 for landlords and tenants of commercial leases. 

What is the effect of the change from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on leases? Will ADLS clause 27.5 still be relevant?

 
COVID-19 Property Transactions Under Alert Level 3

April 20th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 Property Transactions Under Alert Level 3

If you have an existing agreement and consider that you are in a position to settle at alert level 3 then you should discuss this with your lawyer. 
Topics: COVID-19 , Property
 
Operating your business after the move down from Alert Level 4

April 16th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Operating your business after the move down from Alert Level 4

The Government today announced what level 3 could look like for business...
 
We have opportunities, we need to maximise on those and intellectual property is no exception

April 14th, 2020 Kate Duckworth

We have opportunities, we need to maximise on those and intellectual property is no exception

Opportunists will prey on those who sit on their hands during the vulnerable times. You could find your business and your intellectual property portfolio exposed when the economy does bounce back if you don't look after it now.
 
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.
 
How Does a Body Corporate React to Covid-19?

April 8th, 2020 John Steel

How Does a Body Corporate React to Covid-19?

This is the story of how Body Corporate Apartment X (BCAX) has responded to COVID-19. Other Bodies Corporate may find this useful in determining their own courses of action.

Topics: COVID-19 , Property
 
COVID-19 and Public Holidays: Do Employees Still Get Paid?

April 7th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 and Public Holidays: Do Employees Still Get Paid?

Are employees still paid for public holidays if they are not working because of COVID-19? And if so, how much are they paid?

 
COVID-19: Property Transactions Under Alert Level 4

April 1st, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19: Property Transactions Under Alert Level 4

If you are in the process of buying or selling a property, we recommend you discuss matters with your lawyer. Although our physical offices are closed, Gibson Sheat remains open for business to provide its clients with the advice they need in these unprecedented times.

Topics: COVID-19 , Property
 
COVID-19: Suspension costs – taking the pragmatic approach

April 1st, 2020 Finn Collins

COVID-19: Suspension costs – taking the pragmatic approach

I anticipate that the vast majority of contractors will not be throwing in the kitchen sink on delay costs and letting the contract become a battleground. Pragmatism needs to win the day because it is very likely that none of the current contracts adequately deal with all the financial implications of the current lockdown.

 
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 Mortgage holiday

March 26th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 Mortgage holiday

Home-owners who have had their income disrupted by COVID-19 may be entitled to a 6-month mortgage payment holiday, but they should carefully consider whether a mortgage holiday is necessary because it will lead to a greater liability in the future.