Leases during the lockdown period – Coronavirus – COVID-19

Businessman in Modern Office Building

New Zealand faces an unprecedented government mandated lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and as a result, a significant number of New Zealand businesses are unable to access their business premises due to such restrictions. If the current (sixth) edition Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) Deed of Lease (Lease) was used, it will contain […]

Work and Pay for Employees During Lockdown – Coronavirus – COVID-19

Close up of working during lockdown

The New Zealand government moved the country to Covid-19 Alert Level 4. That meant all non-essential businesses were required to close.  New Zealand is now in lockdown.  Non-essential businesses may need to explore options for work and pay for their employees during their closure.  For businesses falling outside the essential services criteria, we provide general […]

Renee Dean Natural Successor to Peter Clayton

2019 brought exciting changes to Rice Craig.  We farewelled long-time Rice Craig resident Peter Clayton, who now enjoys life in the slow lane.  With Peter’s departure, we are delighted to introduce Renee Dean as his energetic and proficient natural successor. Renee was Peter’s right-hand woman for the last 3 years and many clients would have already experienced […]

Oranga Tamariki – Amendments to the Act

It is estimated that about 70 per cent of tamariki (children) in care of the Oranga Tamariki (the Ministry of Children) are Maori. Yet reportedly, only about 20 percent of its services are provided by Maori Organisations. This inherent lack of cultural representation in the system has resulted in long-term adverse effects on the welfare […]

Wiltshire Stone Lawyers Join Rice Craig

Rice Craig is expanding. We are delighted to announce the arrival of Lance Wiltshire and his support staff, Catherine Te-Wharau, Sharon Lynch and Adele Schick at Rice Craig from September 2018.  Lance is joining us as a Senior Consultant, and Catherine, Sharon and Adele will continue to work with Lance in the way that they […]

Supreme Court Flexes Muscle

The New Zealand Supreme Court is a “baby” in a legal history sense.  It was established on 1 January 2004 by the Helen Clark led Government.  Subsequently, there have been a variety of decisions where the Supreme Court has displayed a willingness to exert its muscle.   In Almond v Read & Others [2017] NZSC 80 Neville Woods […]

DNA Test Case

DNA strand assembling from different elements

Is it lawful to take DNA from a corpse? The Family Court, in E & B v E & Others, issued a recent decision on this issue “given the public interest and possibility of future similar events”.  The Respondent claimed she had been in a de facto relationship with the deceased.  She brought a claim against the deceased estate.  There was […]

What you need to know about Shareholder Agreements

Business agreement

Congratulations on starting a business – you have an exciting ride ahead of you! While many people focus on branding, product details and their choice of office chair, it’s actually also really important to consider the legal aspect of your business, too – your Shareholders’ Agreement, in particular. A Shareholders’ Agreement is an agreement between […]

Relationship Property and Trusts: A Messy Marriage

Breaking up

In two recent Supreme Court decisions in Clayton v Clayton the law relating to relationship property and Trusts have been clarified. Mr and Mrs Clayton were married for many years, had two daughters together, and later divorced. The assets were primarily held in a number of Trusts. A number of different challenges were made to the Trusts, […]

What you need to know about creating a will

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way for you to be sure that your affairs are managed the way you want them to be. Everyone should have one and it’s easier than you think… Why do you need one? When you die, a will provides invaluable certainty and practical guidance during an emotional time. It […]