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Law firm publications and commentaries

27 February 2020

Information and statements released by New Zealand law firms recently includes the following. Provision of this information does not imply endorsement by the New Zealand Law Society, but is intended to provide a short summary of some of the publicly available information from law firms:

Air quality

Michelle Mehlhopt and Jesse Aimer of Wynn Williams have published a backgrounder on the Government's proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality.

Climate Change Response

A backgrounder by Anderson Lloyd looks at proposed changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and Climate Change Response Act 2002.

Company and commercial

Bell Gully has released its latest Corporate Reporter to cover corporate and general commercial developments.

Peter Barrett of Morrison Kent has prepared a checklist of 10 key considerations for starting a business.

Fiona Mackinnon of Simmonds Stewart looks at some of the changes to the Takeovers Code which came into force in mid-January.

Construction

Bassam Maghzal of Buddle Findlay considers The construction sector; Will anything change?

Coronavirus COVID-19

Johnny CHoi, Helen Colquohoun and Tim Marshall of DLA Piper consider Coronavirus: Key employment legal issues for multinational employers.

DLA Piper's Kristof De Vulder and Raf Schoefs look at What if the coronavirus leads to an interruption of your company's IT function?

Fair Trading Act

Sam Comber of Simpson Grierson looks at the first management banning orders In Commerce Commission obtains first bans under the Fair Trading Act.

Greg Thomas of Harkness Henry writes on Consumer Contract Terms - Unfair Means Unenforceable.

Government procurement

Amy Ryburn and Damien Steel-Baker of Buddle Findlay look at the new versions of Government model contract templates, MBIE releases updated Government model contracts.

Immigration

Mark Williams of Lane Neave looks at the new Family (Parent) category which is effective from 24 February.

In-house

Simpson Grierson’s Legal Innovation Briefing February edition considers developments and technology from the in-house perspective.

Property

Bell Gully has released its latest issue of Projects and Real Estate News.

Vicki Toan of Glaister Ennor considers Allocaion of Gardening Costs in a body corporate.

Smokefree environment

Craig Shrive, Ben Gregson and Tom Swayne of Russell McVeagh consider the Government introduction of a bill to regulate vaping products.

Tax

Campbell Pentney of Bell Gully considers a proposed GST exemption for “crypto assets” in GST Update – proposed exemption for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Andrew Ryan and Jeremy Muir of MinterEllisonRuddWatts look at the GST exemption proposal in Fund managers and cryptocurrency suppliers to be impacted by proposed GST changes.

Trusts

Morris Legal asks What is the vesting day for my family trust?

Last updated on the 27th February 2020