Up to Date
Our legal and management teams regularly produce, update and publish articles and informatory brochures on legal topics that are of interest to our clients and the wider community. A selection of these, along with the latest firm news and announcements can be accessed at the following links.
LANDLORD’S RESPONSIBILITIES – COMMERCIAL LEASES
A common part of a commercial lawyer’s practice is drafting Deeds of Lease for commercial Tenant and Landlord clients.
LANDLORD’S RESPONSIBILITIES – COMMERCIAL LEASES31 August 2017
IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER – THE FAIR TRADING ACT
“We are concerned that some retailers may be misleading consumers about the savings that they offer.” Anna Rawlings – Commerce Commissioner.
THE FAIR TRADING ACT31 August 2017
Significant changes incoming to Contract and Commercial Law
There are about to be wide ranging changes to a number of commercial statutes which have been around for a number of years.
Significant changes incoming to Contract and Commercial Law31 August 2017
YOUR PROPERTY AS A POTENTIAL AIRBnB
The latest hot part-time business is Airbnb. Property owners are finding it easy to use online accommodation marketplace services to generate some return from spare space, either a room or rooms in a house, or an available holiday home.
YOUR PROPERTY AS A POTENTIAL AIRBnB31 August 2017
Experience and expertise in property projects
Franklin’s population has exploded over the past decade and incredibly there’s still more to come – a great deal more if the Unitary Plan, the new planning rule book for Auckland, is anything to go by.
The Unitary Plan which became operative towards the end of 2016 ear-marks large parts of Franklin for future urban development and has created countryside living zones where new lifestyle sections can be created.
Experience and expertise in property projects25 August 2017
SUPPORT OF WAIUKU PRIMARY ASSISTS CHESS-MAD CHILDREN
Children at Waiuku Primary are schooling up on the moves and strategies associated with the game of chess, on their now complete oversize chess set – an initiative made possible because of a donation from Franklin Law.
SUPPORT OF WAIUKU PRIMARY ASSISTS CHESS-MAD CHILDREN22 August 2017
In support of Pukekohe AFC
Franklin Law staff were pleased to support Pukekohe AFC Football at their ‘Just for Kicks’ fundraising dinner and comedy night in July.
In support of Pukekohe AFC8 August 2017
NO WARRANTIES PROVIDED? NO PROBLEM
In recent times, there has been a rise in “house and land” packages. In addition, a lot more home buyers are now purchasing bare sections and then engaging the services of a building company to build their new dream home.
NO WARRANTIES PROVIDED? NO PROBLEM12 June 2017
PURCHASER FAILS TO SETTLE – VENDOR’S OPTIONS
If a purchaser fails to settle on the day of settlement, what can a vendor do?
PURCHASER FAILS TO SETTLE – VENDOR’S OPTIONS12 June 2017
STANDARD TERMS – PITFALLS OFTEN OVERLOOKED
As a purchaser of a property the principle of “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware) plays an important role, in that a purchaser must satisfy themselves that the property is suitable for them in all respects before proceeding to buy.
STANDARD TERMS – PITFALLS OFTEN OVERLOOKED12 June 2017
BUYING IN A SUBDIVISION INFORMATION SHEET
This information sheet has been made available to assist those who are either interested in or considering purchasing a section in a subdivision.
BUYING IN A SUBDIVISION INFORMATION SHEET12 June 2017
A BUSINESS IN DISPUTE?
If you run a business, then unless you are very lucky, at some stage you will be chasing someone who owes you money.
A business in dispute22 March 2017
PROPERTY SHARING AGREEMENTS
Recent media headlines suggest that property ownership sharing arrangements may become a growing trend in Auckland. While inter-generational property sharing arrangements are not new it is suggested by some commentators that property sharing amongst friends is on the rise.
Property sharing agreement22 March 2017
TERMS OF TRADE
The old Kiwi attitude of “she’ll be right” can leave businesses open to serious risks where a customer or client refuses to pay.
Terms of Trade22 March 2017
BENEFICIARIES’ ENTITLEMENT TO TRUST INFORMATION
As a trustee what do you do when a beneficiary of a family trust asks you to give them full details of trust affairs? Legally, what information must you give to them?
Beneficiaries’ entitlement to trust information17 March 2017
Changes imminent for Enduring Powers of Attorney Forms
Enduring powers of attorney are arguably just as important as having a will, yet many New Zealanders are unaware of what they are and why they are needed.
Changes imminent for Enduring Powers of Attorney Forms1 March 2017
Firm expansion sees additional expertise brought to Personal Client Team
Franklin Law is proud to announce growth in its Personal Client and Estates Team and to introduce newly appointed solicitors Suzie Leuschke and Richard Watling.
Firm expansion sees additional expertise brought to Personal Client Team11 November 2016
Joint seminar offers information on Commercial Property Investment
The imposition of a 40% loan to value ratio for residential investment property has led many to consider the possibilities of commercial property investment.
Joint seminar offers information on Commercial Property Investment14 October 2016
Firm grows in response to regional demand
Franklin Law announces the appointment of a new partner, commercial property lawyer, Glen Low and Associates Daniel Cowan and Gagan Tangri.
Firm grows in response to regional demand20 June 2016
UCT PROVISIONS – Unfair Contracts and Consumer Protection
The next time you are buying goods and services and you are presented with a form with a request to “Sign Here” you are entering …
UCT PROVISIONS – Unfair Contracts and Consumer Protection 13 June 2016
VENDOR PROTECTIONS – Avoid Unexpected GST Liabilities on the Sale of Land
Failure to include appropriate vendor protections in sale and purchase agreements could cost vendors dearly. Vendors entering into GST…
VENDOR PROTECTIONS – Avoid Unexpected GST Liabilities on the Sale of Land 13 June 2016
Are you involved in a civil dispute that looks like going to Court but you cannot afford legal representation, or do not want to pay the substantial costs involved? What happens if you don’t qualify for legal aid?
LITIGATION FUNDING 13 June 2016
ARE YOU BEING SCAMMED?
Internet fraud, spam and scams can affect anyone at any time. Being aware of what to look for and knowing what to do is important to protect yourself, your family and your business.
ARE YOU BEING SCAMMED? 13 June 2016
THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS – Dealing with employee issues fairly
Employers can run into issues with Employees by not following their disciplinary processes or not dealing with the employee in a fair manner with good faith.
THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS – Dealing with employee issues fairly 7 March 2016
NEW HEALTH & SAFETY REGIME – Take steps now to ensure your business complies
On 4 April 2016, the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (Act) comes into force. The Act provides a significant change to New Zealand’s current Health & Safety legislation whose reform was …
NEW HEALTH & SAFETY REGIME – Take steps now to ensure your business complies 7 March 2016
ARE YOUR TRUST DECISIONS BINDING? – Avoiding risks and ensuring good decision-making
Do you conduct trust transactions informally? If so there are risks. Informality includes asking a trustee (usually an independent trustee) to sign documents or financial statements after the other trustees have made decisions or approved the content.
ARE YOUR TRUST DECISIONS BINDING? – Avoiding risks and ensuring good decision-making 7 March 2016
RURAL SUBDIVISIONS – How Auckland Council Plan changes might affect the future
The Auckland Unitary Plan threatens to limit the market for transferable development rights and restrict the ability of land owners to carry out rural subdivisions in rural zones.
RURAL SUBDIVISIONS How Auckland Council Plan changes might affect the future 7 March 2016
UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS – Changes to the Fair Trading Act
From 17 March 2015 the concept of unfair trading terms was introduced into the Fair Trading Act. As a result of those changes, the Commerce Commission is now able to take proceedings against a business that utilises unfair contract terms (UCT) in their standard form consumer contracts.
UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS – Changes to the Fair Trading Act 20 November 2015
EMPLOYEE SHARE SCHEMES – Exemptions to regulations that may increase share scheme use
Employee Share Schemes (or Stock Options as they are called in the United States) have not historically featured prominently in New Zealand’s employee remuneration packages. Such schemes were, until recently, regulated in New Zealand under the Securities Act 1978 as public offerings of securities, and therefore attracted significant compliance costs through requiring the registration of a prospectus and investment statement.
EMPLOYEE SHARE SCHEMES – Exemptions to regulations that may increase share scheme use 20 November 2015
THE 90 DAY TRIAL PERIOD What dictates its application in court
Section 67A of the Employment Relations (2000) Act was introduced to enable Employers to take on new Employees in a more risk-free environment.
THE 90 DAY TRIAL PERIOD What dictates its application in court 20 November 2015
WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH TRUST LAW?
The current principal Act governing trusts is the Trustee Act 1956. It is an outdated Act. It is expressed in rather obsolete and unclear language and does not adequately cater for the regulation of trusts in their current format.
WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH TRUST LAW? 20 November 2015
Franklin Law Guide to Buying a Home
Franklin Law Guide to Power of Attorney
Franklin Law Guide to Wills
Franklin Law Guide to Retirement