Trial Periods vs Probationary Periods - Employment Lawyer – Business Lawyer - Dukesons Business Law

January 2019

Especially due to changes in the law that come into force in May 2019, it's crucial to understand the difference between trial periods and probationary periods. Read more

Employee Justifiably dismissed even though not? Employment Lawyer – Dukesons Business Law

November 2018

An employee who was found to have been unjustifiably dismissed came out on the wrong side of things for having misappropriated her employer's confidential information (this was unrelated to the reason… Read more

Wake Up - It could happen to you - Lessons for all Businesses - Commercial Lawyer – Contract Lawyer – Dukesons Business Law

November 2018

Business contracts and business conduct, especially in relation to consumers, have been subject to much attention by the Commerce Commission (CC). That sounds a warning to businesses of all kinds… Read more

Salaries and the Minimum Wage – Employment Lawyer – Business Lawyer – Dukesons Business Law

September 2018

Some employers may not know that the requirement to pay the minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act applies whether an employer pays wages or salary. Read more

Terms of Trade and other forms of Contract – Big Brother is watching – Contract Lawyer – Business Lawyer – Dukesons Business Law

September 2018

Traders must take seriously their terms of trade and other forms of contract to ensure that they don’t contain unfair contract terms. Traders should also ensure that they don’t engage in misleading… Read more

Contracting with Companies and other Entities – Contract lawyer – Company Lawyer – Dukesons Business Law

August 2018

When dealing with a company that has several directors, there’s a misconception that a single director can bind the company. Generally, it can’t be assumed that one of several directors can bind the… Read more

Pitfalls in Selling Goods on Credit or Deferred Terms – Business Lawyer – Contract Lawyer - Dukesons Business Law

July 2018

Some traders are still losing out big time due to their ignorance or disregard of the PPSA. Despite the fact that the Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) 1999 is close to being 20 years old,… Read more

Tailoring Constitutions for Small Business Companies – Shareholders Agreements – Company Lawyer – Business Lawyer - Dukesons Business Law

June 2018

I have just recently given a seminar (to lawyers, not clients) for the Auckland District Law Society) on tailoring constitutions for small businesses. The focus was on clauses or issues that might be… Read more


May 2018

From 1 July 2018, all lawyers who undertake certain kinds of work for clients and prospective clients will have to undertake due diligence to verify the identities of their clients/prospective clients… Read more

Terminating employment on medical grounds - Employment Lawyer - Dukesons Business Law

May 2018

Dealing with employees and sick leave and incapacity can be more difficult than many employers would like. One issue is at what point an employer can terminate employment where an employee can’t… Read more

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