Employment / 20.08.2015

At the recent update hosted by the Employment Relations Authority we were reminded how crucial it is for employers to have tangible written records of their disciplinary processes.  Without this written evidence, it is virtually impossible to successfully defend a personal grievance claim. The good...

Employment / 31.07.2015

With the drop in the milk payout it may be tempting to cut costs by reducing staff numbers.  However, as always with employment, making staff redundant is not as straightforward as it seems.  To avoid an employee taking a personal grievance, employers need to be...

General News, Property / 20.07.2015

A recent topical issue that we are coming across more and more is that of meth-tainted homes. We have heard of situations where people move in to a home and then suffer health consequences. When investigating further, they find that the house has been contaminated...

General News, Property / 20.07.2015

The government is introducing two significant reforms that will affect property transactions and rental properties, including those owned by trusts. IRD numbers and capital gains Currently, anyone who buys a property with the intention of selling it for a gain is liable for tax on any gain....

General News / 01.04.2015

BlackmanSpargo Rural Law Limited welcomes both Sandy Van Den Heuvel and Rachel Petterson to the firm as Directors and shareholders. Both Sandy and Rachel have been with BlackmanSpargo since its inception in 2003. They specialise in all aspects of rural law with their co-Directors Ian Blackman...