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Publication: InBrief

  • Residential Tenancies Act 1986 Update: Retaliatory Notices, Letting Fees, and Healthy Homes Standards

    5 July 2019

    Retaliatory NoticesThere have been a number of recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA). For example, it is now unlawful for a landlord to end a tenancy where a tenant has exercised a lawful right under its tenancy agreement. Following receipt of a notice of termination, where the tenant believes that it has been issued in retaliation to an exercise of a lawful right, the tenant can apply within 28 days to the Tenancy Tribunal for an order ...

  • New People at Glaister Ennor

    5 July 2019

    Pierre WongPierre Wong is a solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team at Glaister Ennor. Pierre works with Partner Mike Roberton to help provide expert legal advice on mergers & acquisitions, banking and finance, corporate restructuring and commercial property. Pierre has experience in advising on the sale and purchase of businesses, shareholder agreements, commercial property, the negotiation of commercial leasing, and refinancing. Paul KimPaul Kim is a solicitor in the Litigation and Disputes Resolution team at Glaister Ennor. He advises clients ...

  • Individual Employment Agreements

    5 July 2019

    Are you considering selling your business? Or, are you looking to take disciplinary action against an employee, terminate their employment even? Or, are you wanting to protect your confidential information and trade connections?It is a statutory requirement for every employee to have a written employment agreement (the obligation falling on the employer to provide such an agreement). As well as to comply with the statutory obligation, the purpose of an employment agreement is to ensure that you and your employee ...

  • Dealing with Debtors

    5 July 2019

    Unpaid debts are, unfortunately, part and parcel of running a business.  Recovering these debts does not need to be difficult or stressful, but it does involve proactive steps in taking stock of your debtors. While regular communication is always the preferred and most cost effective option, businesses are sometimes left with no other choice but to pursue legal remedies for recovery. The starting point is often a letter of demand that sets out the basis for the debtor’s liability and demands payment ...

  • Updates in Employment Law – Recent Changes to Employers’ Obligations

    10 April 2019

    Minimum Wage:As from 1 April 2019, the minimum wage has been increased to $17.70 per hour (with the starting out or training rate increased to $14.16). Employers are required to advise any affected employees and record the change in writing. This can be done by drafting a Variation Letter for the employee to sign. A copy of the signed Variation Letter should be retained for the employer’s record, which will then be available in the event of an audit by ...

  • Tree Problem Got You Stumped?

    10 April 2019

    The law allows you to cut back any branches or roots from neighbours’ trees that are encroaching on your property. You can cut them back as far as the neighbour’s boundary. If the encroaching parts of the tree are causing any damage, you can remove the branches or roots and go to the Disputes Tribunal or District Court to claim the cost of doing the work and repairing the damage caused to your property.If your neighbours’ trees are dangerous or ...