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As the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to play out, companies and their directors are faced with difficult choices about how to respond in an uncertain trading environment.

The Minister of Finance has announced certain temporary changes to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) to assist companies that are facing insolvency due to COVID-19.

Some key takeaways of the proposed changes are that:

  • Some directors duties under the Act will cease to apply if a company trades while insolvent
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Shared care arrangements

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The current circumstances are both unprecedented and difficult. This time of uncertainty is made more challenging by the need to juggle shared care arrangements of children.

The following is intended to be information that parents and caregivers may wish to consider in light of the fact that New Zealand is currently at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

Best interests of the child
In respect of care of children during this time, the overriding consideration as always is for parents and

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The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the measures implemented by governments worldwide to contain it are having an unprecedented impact on global financial markets, trade, and commerce.

As businesses deal with the growing impact of COVID-19, a key aspect of a broader risk management strategy, is to review key contracts to understand the risks (and opportunities) that may be presented if contractual obligations are severely affected.  Fortunately, there are various protections available for businesses that are concerned about their ability

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Defending your dog

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Unfortunately, New Zealand dog owners are regularly before the courts for the alleged misconduct of their dogs. In 2018 alone, local councils commenced 467 prosecutions in courts across the country under the Dog Control Act 1996, 82 of which resulted in the destruction of the dog.

As an owner (or a person in control/possession of a dog), you can be criminally liable for the actions of your dog. If your dog attacks a person or animal, you can be convicted

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