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When creditors can be too demanding

15 August 2017. by David Abricossow.

Statutory demands and what to do when you receive one

The recent High Court decision in McRaeway Group Limited v Lane Neave [2017] NZHC 1138 is a sharp reminder to small businesses that ignoring a statutory demand can have serious consequences.

The facts

The plaintiff (MGL) was served with a statutory demand […]

Fineprint, Winter 2017

27 July 2017. by Johnston Lawrence.

Today we’ve published the Winter edition of our newsletter, Fineprint; a PDF is attached for your reading interest and enjoyment.


–  A Helping Hand for First Home Buyers: Options for parents

–  Up in the Air: Using your drone

–  Time to Update your Ts & Cs

–  Getting your Enduring Powers of Attorney Sorted

–  Postscript: […]

Property Speaking, Autumn/Winter 2017

10 May 2017. by Johnston Lawrence.

Inside you’ll find articles on:

  • Sharing a Driveway: Know your rights and obligations
  • Airbnb: Key tax considerations
  • Property Briefs: KiwiSaver (more flexible than you might think) – Competing offers for property – Grants to insulate rental properties

To talk with us on any of these topics, or indeed on any legal matter, please don’t hesitate to contact […]

Fineprint, Autumn 2017

21 April 2017. by Johnston Lawrence.

Today we’ve published the Autumn edition of our newsletter, Fineprint – a PDF is attached for your reading interest and enjoyment.


–    How private is private when taking photos in a public place?

–    Rural fires: who is liable for the damage?

–    Buying off the plans: the advantages, pitfalls and what happens if the developer goes bust.

–    DIY […]

Rural eSpeaking, Autumn 2017

20 March 2017. by Johnston Lawrence.

The Autumn 2017 edition of our regular farm-focussed e-newsletter, Rural eSpeaking, is published today. Your PDF is attached.

We hope that you find the articles in Rural eSpeaking both interesting and useful.


  • Clean Water Package 2017: What does this mean for farmers?
  • Good husbandry up to sale date: Is a standard clause right for you?
  • Over the Fence: Minimum wage review […]