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

Payment in lieu of notice Trial Periods – Employment Lawyer – Business Lawyer - Dukesons Business Law

March 2018

The Employment Court has given a very important decision affirming that payment in lieu of notice is permissible in relation to a trial period. Read more

Will the real employer stand up? Labour Hire Workers. Employment Lawyer. Dukesons Business Law.

February 2018

Clients of mine who have consulted me on employment or contractor matters will know that issues can arise as to whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, regardless of their having… Read more

Proposed Employment Law Changes - Employment Lawyer - Dukesons Business Law

January 2018

Proposed Changes include: 90 day trial periods: small businesses (less than 20 employees) will be relieved that trial periods will still be possible. Read more

Businesses still unaware of the PPSA at their peril – Business Lawyer – Commercial Lawyer – Dukesons Business Law

November 2017

I was interviewed by Radio NZ about a car hire company which, unfortunately, lost out on one of its vehicles because it didn’t understand that the Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA), despite the… Read more

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