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Rural eSpeaking Winter Spring 2016

22 August 2016. by Johnston Lawrence.


The Winter/Spring 2016 edition of our regular rural e-newsletter, Rural eSpeaking, is published today. Its fresh new design complements our other e-newsletters. Your PDF is attached.

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


  • Obligations associated with owning working dogs
  • Residential Tenancies Act applies to accommodation for farming staff
  • Over the Fence:
    • New regulations for […]

Employment law changes: are you ready?

4 April 2016. by Lisa Mckeown.

We recommend that businesses review their employment arrangements regularly. But it’s particularly important to do so now given recent changes in the employment arena:

  • Changes to flexible working arrangements came into force on 6 March 2015.
  • On 1 April 2016, the Employment Standards Legislation Bill came into force. This:
    • extends parental leave eligibility;
    • introduces […]

Having the final say: Ensuring your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes

5 February 2016. by Lisa Mckeown.

In 2015, the High Court released its decision in Green v Green, a case concerning the estate of wealthy Auckland businessman and philanthropist Hugh Green. Mr Green passed away in 2012, aged 80. He left behind a family feuding over his estate.

In this article, we explain the Court’s findings. We […]

The lawyer’s emergency hand brake

7 May 2015. by David Abricossow.

The interim injunction, the recently publicised case of Kennedy v Boyle, and your business

If a potential violation of your rights, or those of your business, is too urgent or damaging to wait for the usual Court process to run its course, the interim injunction is a tool in […]

Rural Speaking, Issue 15 – Winter-Spring 2014

15 August 2014. by Johnston Lawrence.

In this edition:

  • Protecting Your Brand: Looking after the intellectual property
  • Health and Safety Reforms: Who will be responsible on the farm?
  • Over the Fence:
    – Minimum wage order change
    – Animal Welfare (Dairy Cattle) Code of Welfare 2010 has been revoked
    – Farm buildings to be exempt from assessments

Rural eSpeaking, Issue […]