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Commercial e-Speaking

15th September 2020
Commercial e-Speaking


Scroll below for the latest & previous editions of  NZ Law's Commercial eSpeaking publication. Current Issue:

Commercial eSpeaking 56 Spring 2020


  • COVID relief roundup: How many schemes are you eligible under?
  • OIO temporary emergency notification requirements: for all overseas purchasers.
  • Business briefs: Privacy law changes - Remote working: the new normal - Know your contracts - "Safe Harbour" for directors to expire.

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NZ LAW Limited is an association of independent legal practices with member firms located throughout New Zealand. There are 55-member firms practising in over 70 locations, Woodward Chrisp is one.  NZ LAW member firms have agreed to co-operate together to develop a national working relationship. Membership enables firms to access one another’s skills, information and ideas whilst maintaining client confidentiality.

In addition to the Trust eSpeaking and Fineprint publications which we also feature in our news link, NZ LAW publish Property Speaking and Rural eSpeaking.  Their website has a useful ‘find a law firm’ link and a variety of interesting articles.

DISCLAIMER: All the information published in Commercial eSpeaking is true and accurate to the best of the authors’ knowledge. It should not be a substitute for legal advice. No liability is assumed by the authors or publisher for losses suffered by any person or organisation relying directly or indirectly on this article. Views expressed are those of individual authors, and do not necessarily reflect the view of this firm. Articles appearing in Commercial eSpeaking may be reproduced with prior approval from the editor and credit given to the source.  Copyright, NZ LAW Limited, 2019. Editor: Adrienne Olsen. E-mail: Ph: 029 286 3650 or 04 496 5513.
Previous issues:

Commercial eSpeaking - Issue 54, Summer 2020


  • Shareholdings for employees or family members: rewarding value and increasing engagement
  • Restructuring your business: consultation is key
  • Business briefs: Unfair contract terms - Businesses should be cautious when sending commercial electronic messages - Mānuka honey trade mark dispute

Commercial eSpeaking - Issue 53, Spring 2019 

  • Are restraint of trade clauses worth the bother? Have an expertly-drafted agreement
  • Employing people with a past: how the clean slate legislation works
  • Business briefs:
    • Eminem - the importance of IP indemnities in agreements
    • Mainzeal directors' appeal denied
    • Federated Farmers wants tougher labelling of plant-based products
    • New regulations impose licensing regime for insolvency practitioners

Commercial eSpeaking - Issue 52, Winter 2019 


  • The Wellbeing Budget 2019: A summary of Thursday's Budget
  • PPSR lease losses: Can be a real risk for business
  • Business Briefs:
    • Mainzeal case: highlights director responsibilities
    • The CLOUD Act: Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data
    • Do you have the right to play the music you're playing? 

Commercial eSpeaking - Issue 51, Summer 2019

  • Construction industry and its retentions scheme; High Court provides useful guidance for subcontractors.
  • Potpourri of employment law changes ahead; Monday, 6th May 2019 is D-Day
  • Business Briefs:
    • Electronic signatures – uses and risks
    • Directors have personal liability for company debt in liquidation
    • The Tax Working Group: recommendations coming soon


Commercial eSpeaking - Issue 50, Spring 2018

  • Second thoughts: What happens when your employee wants to retract their resignation?
  • Receivership of Construction Companies: Protecting your property and getting paid.
  • Business Briefs:
    • European Union; privacy law update
    • Commerce Commission action in respect of extended warranties
    • Workplace culture crackdown


Commercial eSpeaking - Issue 49, Winter 2018

  • A no surprises budget
  • Compensation for emotional harm in the workplace – trending upwards
  • Business Briefs:
    • Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights?
    • Medical grounds for terminating employment – what is the process?
    • Bright-line test: there could be implications if you buy a residential property and convert it into a business premises


Commercial eSpeaking – Issue 48, Summer 2018

  • Flurry of employment law changes ahead
  • Great! You have found a new business, now how to buy it?
  • Business Briefs:
    • Website privacy falling short
    • Amendments to cartel laws tighten up on anti-competitive behaviour
    • Another hefty fine under new health and safety laws
    • Multinationals tax legislation introduced


Commercial eSpeaking – Issue 46, Winter 2017

  • Budget 2017; an overview
  • Shareholders’ agreements – relationship property for companies
  • Business Briefs:
    • It will all come out in the wash: non-compliance with minimum employment standards
    • Further Takeovers Code relief on the way for small companies
    • Employee share schemes, your time is up

Are restraint of trade clauses worth the bother? Have an expertly-drafted agreement

*    Employing people with a past: how the clean slate legislation works

*    Business briefs:

    .    Eminem - the importance of IP indemnities in agreements

    .    Mainzeal directors' appeal denied

    .    Federated Farmers wants tougher labelling of plant-based products

    .    New regulations impose licensing regime for insolvency practitioners

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