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Solid restraint of trade key in employment agreements

Written By: Nathan Batts and Craig Tatley

How to prevent damage to your business when employees leave

The scenario is this. You run a popular café and catering business on Auckland’s busy Mount Eden Road which is famous for its secret crème brûlée recipe. It’s just one of many highly regarded dishes you serve.

One morning, the future of your business becomes uncertain when you discover that for months your head chef has been making plans to leave and set up their own catering business in competition

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There are benefits to sunset clauses, but beware the fishhooks

Written By: Shaun McGivern and Petrea Parkhill

Careful contract consideration key when buying off the plans

As residential housing stocks remain low and tax exemptions come into play for investors buying new builds, we are finding more purchasers entering into ‘turn-key’ contracts to purchase property or buying houses ‘off the plans’.

Agreements of this type allow parties to agree upon a fixed purchase price for a house that hasn’t been built yet.

While the vendor takes on the risk of costs to complete the dwelling potentially increasing

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What to look for in confidentiality agreements

You might be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in a wide range of business relationships – from carrying out due diligence on a business to evaluating another company’s products as a precursor to a licensing agreement.

The daunting thing is, you are often asked to sign the NDA – or confidentiality agreement – on the spot.

With this in mind, here’s a handy checklist with some of the issues you should

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Facing prosecution, a stressful time for dog owners

Written By: Nathan Batts and Olivia Rose

How to work with Council for better outcomes for you and your dog

Recent legal developments mean dog owners need to carefully consider their approach if they find themselves charged with an offence under the Dog Control Act.

A dog owner’s main priority is to prevent the Court from ordering the destruction of their dog. However, these latest changes mean dog owners will require a wide range of options to help them avoid a destruction order.

The Court has to

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