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Recent law firm publications and information releases

20 February 2020

Information and statements released by New Zealand law firms over the last week include 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:

Artificial Intelligence

Liz Blythe and Zoe Sims of Russell McVeagh have prepared a series of articles which look at the considerations arising from the implementation of AI-powered solutions in a business.

AirBNB in Christchurch

Mia Turner of Lane Neave looks at some of the issues around Airbnbs in Christchurch following release of a discussion document by Christchurch City Council.

Asset protection

An article by Morris Legal on de facto asset protection asks How can my girlfriend, boyfriend and I protect our assets?

Class actions

Michael Cavanaugh looks at how the New Zealand representative actions landscape is changing.

Climate change

Bell Gully looks at climate change developments in The Big Picture: Climate Change. What lies ahead in 2020?.

Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

Jeremy Muir of MinterEllisonRuddWatts has prepared a backgrounder on the first reading of the Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill.

Construction Contracts

Buddle Findlay outlines some of the issues in Youssef v Maiden [2019] NZHC 3471 in Take care to avoid conflict of interest when appointing an adjudicator.

Contracts

What is a Sunset Clause? asks Tessa Doherty of Morrison Kent.

Coronavirus

Robert Bryson of Russell McVeagh has produced a Coronavirus force majeure checklist.

Divorce

Cheyenne Kumar of WRMK Lawyers looks at marriage dissolution in an article I want out! What you need to know to get a divorce.

Employment

Mike Gould of Gibson Sheat looks at a recent Employment Court decision in Clarification of leave calculation by Employment Court.

Fair Trading

Duncan Cotterill has released an advisory on contracting out of the Fair Trading Act, The Fair Trading Act – how far can you contract out?

Fair Trading Amendment Bill

Tania Goatley, Laura Littlewood and Kristin Wilson of Bell Gully consider this in their backgrounder, Government calls for submissions on Fair Trading Amendment Bill.

Franchises

Martelli McKegg's Andrew Skinner asks Is your business ready to franchise?

Lane Neave advises Fuji Xerox

Lane Neave has released a statement, saying that it has advised Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific on the New Zealand aspect of its acquisition of Australian print and tech company CSG Ltd.

Māori organisations

Chapman Tripp’s Te Waka Ture specialist practice has published Papaki Mai Ngā Ngaru Nunui which backgrounds the 10th anniversary of its establishment.

Privacy

Duncan Cotterill considers the coming overhaul of privacy law with Data duties – reporting obligations for privacy breaches on the way.

Caroline Rieger of Morrison Kent looks at Bullying Investigations and the Privacy Act.

Succession Law

Colette MacKenzie of Greg Kelly Law Ltd has written  on Succession Law in New Zealand in NZ LAW's Trust eSpeaking.

Telecommunications

In Commerce Commission fines telcos over billing blunders, Nicole Ashby of Simpson Grierson looks at the issues around billing errors.

Last updated on the 20th February 2020