Diversity

Diversity on the agenda

Today, Friday 8th March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year the theme is #balanceforbetter. If gender is a consideration in your selection process when looking for a property law firm; consider AlexanderDorrington. Find out why…

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Land Transfer Act 2017

A new tool for developers

An act that has underpinned our land transfer system for 60 years was put to bed and the Land Transfer Act 2017 became effective. That change may not impact on you daily, but some things will impact on how you complete your developments in the future.

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Overseas Investment Act Amendment

The Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018

From 22 October 2018 (or potentially earlier if we have orders in Council to that effect) the sale of residential land in New Zealand to an overseas person will potentially require consent from the Overseas Investment Office. Denise Marsden looks at the law change from the residential developer’s viewpoint.

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Invest with friends

Should you invest with friends?

Are you considering investing in property with friends? In today’s escalating property market it is becoming more common. Good legal advice can help you manage the risk.

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Easing the way for drones

Commercial uses for drones   Dr Catherine Ball, is a world leader in the non-military application of drone technology. She highlighted some really important issues for property owners at The Property Council New Zealand National Conference in Melbourne13-15 September.   Firstly it’s important to note that there are all sorts of drone use beyond delivery…

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Future-proofing the legal design of subdivisions

There is a lot of discussion around the physical design of subdivisions and how that impacts the community that is created and the ultimate owners’ use and enjoyment of the land. The legal design is just as important.   Recent agreements I have reviewed for some new developments cause me concern as to what we…

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First steps towards resolving Auckland’s housing crisis

Auckland’s housing crisis is arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time. In response, a group of 130 public and private sector industry stakeholders met at a not-for-profit gathering, on 1 August 2017 – the first Auckland Housing Summit.  The Summit was organized by a group of five key players: Leonie Freeman –…

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New Health and Safety Regime

Next month the Government will begin to introduce a new Health and Safety (H&S) regime in its bid to achieve a 25% reduction in workplace fatalities and serious injuries by 2020.  As a result, most businesses will need to immediately up skill, perform due diligence and then implement the necessary change in order to be…

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Delivery of the Law

In Britain legal services can be sold by a supermarket.  In Chicago clients can nominate the fee they want to pay – they decide after the job is done.  In India thousands of lawyers deliver legal services to law firms throughout the globe in response to those firms’ requirements for outsourcing. Lawyers have changed the…

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Renewable energy

We have for some time had a policy of contributing to selected start up projects that have the potential to benefit New Zealand or humanity in the wider context.  This is a contribution in the form of legal and business services made available either at no cost or at a significant discount. Renewable energy is…

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Development funding anyone?

The changes to the NZ investor migrant policy that we flagged a couple of months ago have just been made operative.  This should be of interest to developers seeking development funding.  Migrants can now invest in residential property developments in order to secure residency.  Residential property development has been added as an “acceptable investment” for migration…

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