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Make-over for courts imminent

21 September 2016 Victoria Heine, Partner Tim Smith, Partner Edward Scorgie, Partner Garth Gallaway, Partner Daniel Kalderimis, Partner Grace Rippingale, Senior Associate Laura Fraser, Senior Associate Anna Kraack, Senior Associate

The judicature modernisation reforms – now awaiting third reading – represent the most significant revamp of the court system since enactment of the Judicature Act 1908. We outline the key changes. Most provisions will commence in March 2017.

Ground Cover - Issue 12, July 2016

20 September 2016 Catherine Somerville-Frost, Partner Paula Brosnahan, Partner Brian Clayton, Partner Jo Appleyard, Partner Matthew Yarnell, Partner Andrew Woods, Partner

A busy programme of legislative and regulatory reform is underway in relation to resource management, local government, planning and construction law. To help you keep tabs on what is going on, we have produced this overview. We plan to update it at least quarterly.

Submission sought on Insolvency Working Group report

12 September 2016 Michael Arthur, Partner Michael Harper, Partner Daniel Kalderimis, Partner Hamish Foote, Partner

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking submissions by 7 October on recommendations from the Insolvency Working Group. We canvass the issues. Michael Arthur of Chapman Tripp is a member of the Working Group.

Special housing areas legislation extended

07 September 2016 Catherine Somerville-Frost, Partner Paula Brosnahan, Partner Luke Hinchey, Partner Joanna Bain, Senior Associate

The government is legislating under urgency to extend the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act (HASHA Act). Without the intervention, the HASHA Act would expire on 16 September.

Second consultation round on taxation of employee share schemes

05 September 2016 Bevan Miles , Special Counsel Pip England, Partner Roger Wallis, Partner & Chairman of the Board Geof Shirtcliffe, Partner Rachel Dunne, Partner Fiona Bennett, Partner

Inland Revenue has released an update on proposals to reform the tax treatment of employee share schemes. Submissions close on 30 September.

NZX governance review significant step forward

02 September 2016 Roger Wallis, Partner & Chairman of the Board Geof Shirtcliffe, Partner Alister McDonald, Partner Rachel Dunne, Partner Josh Blackmore, Partner Fiona Bennett, Partner

The NZX review of its Corporate Governance Code, now in the final stages of what has been a meticulous process, is shaping up as a big event. NZX received 45 written submissions and interviewed 15 small to medium sized issuers. It has accepted the substance of the responses, giving some issues a shove, some a push, some a gentle nudge and setting some aside for later. The result is a fairly substantial revision, which will help raise governance standards, sometimes in ways that will be challenging for some organisations, but which will be manageable at boardroom level and positive for ‘NZ Inc’.

Thumbs up for NZX corporate governance review

31 August 2016 Roger Wallis, Partner & Chairman of the Board Alister McDonald, Partner Geof Shirtcliffe, Partner Josh Blackmore, Partner Rachel Dunne, Partner

The reform directions indicated in the consultation paper on the review of the NZX Corporate Governance Code represent a significant step forward with further progress to come, says Chapman Tripp Partner Geof Shirtcliffe.

Australian boss fined AUD$12,500 for workplace bullying

30 August 2016 Garth Gallaway, Partner Marie Wisker, Senior Associate Geoff Carter, Special Counsel

An Australian builder has been fined AUD$12,500 for the systematic bullying of a young apprentice. He has also suffered significant reputational damage as the case has been widely reported in Australia and has also had coverage in New Zealand and the UK.

Unitary Plan now a reality

26 August 2016 Catherine Somerville-Frost, Partner Paula Brosnahan, Partner Luke Hinchey, Partner Joanna Bain, Senior Associate Jill Gregory, Senior Associate

The Auckland Council has signed off on the great majority of the recommendations from the Independent Hearings Panel and has adopted a Unitary Plan with the scope to transform New Zealand’s biggest city. Early planning in the next few weeks will be important to successfully managing the new consenting risks and opportunities that the Plan will create.

Expanded reporting obligation in AML regime?

25 August 2016 Bradley Kidd, Partner Penny Sheerin, Partner Tim Williams, Partner Asha Trotter, Senior Associate Phoebe Gibbons, Senior Associate Brendon Orr, Senior Solicitor Sanna Boow, Senior Legal Advisor

The scope of the consultation paper on the Phase Two implementation of the anti-money laundering (AML) regime indicates that broad changes are in prospect.

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