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Brookfields Emerging Leader Award 2016

Created: Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:36
 
In April Brookfields partners Andrew Green and Matt Allan attended SOLGMs annual Gala Dinner in Wellington.  Brookfields was the sponsor of the newly created Emerging Leader Award won by Nicola Chrisp of the Waikato Regional Council. Read about Nicola and other award winners.
 
 
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Latest Catchcry is “Better Local Services”

Created: Tuesday, 22 March 2016 05:29

Minister of Local Government Sam Lotu-Iiga has just announced the next round in the unflagging campaign to improve the performance of Local Government.

Although short on detail as of yet, the Better Local Services package is intended to enable and equip local government to:

  • remain responsive to local preferences;
  • increase the coordination and cost effectiveness of local services and infrastructure;
  • increase support for regional growth and prosperity.

We can expect to see a legislation package introduced to Parliament in June, with the aim of passing legislation by the end of the year so that newly elected Councils can operate under the new provisions early in their 2016 to 2019 term.  The package is intended to address what the Government sees as significant long term challenges, including:

  • demographic changes;
  • economic shifts;
  • environmental pressures;
  • technological innovations.

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Who do you want to control your Estate?

Created: Tuesday, 08 March 2016 09:25

It is estimated that only half of New Zealand adults have a will.  Even where there is a will in place, it may no longer be valid (a will is revoked on marriage or civil union) or relevant to the will maker's current circumstances.  Our busy lives mean many people delay signing and/or updating their will.  The consequences of dying without a valid will are often not appreciated.

Family dynamics are much more complicated in our modern world.  Blended families, that is where at least one of the partners has a child not biologically related to the other partner, are common.  People are re-partnering later in their lives.  These factors result in complicated and more frequent family disputes upon the death of a loved one.  These can be minimised where there is a valid will and appropriate estate planning.

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The Flying Burrito Brothers, a sunset clause and a guarantee

Created: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:58

Sunset clauses and personal guarantees are commonly found in Agreements to Lease.  A sunset clause allows a party to terminate an Agreement to Lease if certain events do not occur within a specified time frame.  A requirement for a personal guarantee from the directors and the shareholders of the tenant company is also common place to give a landlord protection against the limited liability nature of a company.  A recent High Court case has highlighted how important it is for a sunset clause is to be drafted carefully so it accurately reflects the intentions of both parties.  It also serves as a timely remind of how crucial it is to ensure that the terms of any personal guarantee are in writing and signed by the guarantors.

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New Zealanders not Welcome

Created: Tuesday, 23 February 2016 19:22

It seems our booming tourism industry exists despite itself.  On the one side we have an industry asking New Zealanders to accept their overseas guests driving on New Zealand roads, that they cover the cost of screening those overseas guests for food items which could damage our agriculture industries and yet some members of that same industry refuse to accommodate those New Zealanders from whom it seeks those favours just because they are New Zealanders.

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Guide to protecting your intellectual property in a world market

Created: Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:49

 

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