Unfair Contract Terms

The Commerce Commission has long been the watchdog for consumers purchasing goods and services in New Zealand.  Part of their role is to protect consumers from traders or sellers who engage in unfair or deceptive conduct. Historically this has involved monitoring activity such as collusion between firms and price fixing, which leads to a hike…

Consumer Law Reform

The Consumer Law Reform Bill is almost ready to be passed into law.  The Commerce Commission signals the new law might be in place as early as 1 October 2013.  It will change the way we all do business and enlarge consumer rights.  All businesses, especially those that sell to the public, will need to be across…

Shareholders agreement

It comes up quite often, a business is started or bought between family or friends or colleagues, and a company set up to own and run the business.  What you then have is a partnership of people who are now in business together.  Most often these people have not worked together before, and may not…