Takeovers Code - Exemption for Small Code Companies
29 July 2015 | By Michael Busch
The Takeovers Panel has granted a class exemption allowing small code companies to issue new shares, without needing to first obtain shareholder approval, in circumstances where the issue would otherwise breach the fundamental rule in the Takeovers Code (Code). Read More →
New Rules for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.
Do you know the risks? Have you got permission to fly?
27 July 2015 | By Karl Stolberger
The number of incidents involving drones is rising quickly as their use increases, giving rise to growing safety concerns. With this in mind, on 1 August 2015 new Civil Aviation Rules governing the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in New Zealand come into force. Read More →
Increased Limits of Liability - 1976 Limitation Convention and 1996 Protocol
30 June 2015 | By Karl Stolberger
Following the grounding of m.v. "Rena" Parliament amended Part 7 of the Maritime Transport Act 1993 to incorporate the full terms of the Convention on the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (1976) and the subsequent Protocol of 1996 (together Convention). Read More →
Health and Safety Reform Bill - Delay of Select Committee Report
24 April 2015 | By Duncan Coats
As we have previously reported, the Health and Safety Reform Bill 2014 (the Bill) will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and will cause significant change to health and safety in the workplace. Read More →
It’s happened in Australia. Could a copyright owner force an ISP to give up alleged copyright infringers’ names in New Zealand?
11 April 2015 | By Rachael Cederwall
| Rick Shera
The Federal Court of Australia has decided that Australian ISPs must provide users’ details to Voltage Pictures, the owner of the copyright in the film Dallas Buyers Club.
But, could this happen in New Zealand? Is there scope for a New Zealand court to make a similar order under New Zealand’s pre-trial discovery rules? ...
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On 1 December 2014 the second phase of the implementation of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 came into force. The Act has replaced the Securities Act 1978 as well as several other pieces of legislation and, in doing so, has completely overhauled New Zealand’s capital markets and financial services law. Read More →
EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES - ARE YOU READY?
12 February 2015 | By Duncan Coats
With 2014 well and truly behind us, it’s time to focus on how the employment law landscape will develop in 2015. Read More →
Video of Rick Shera's Keynote address to National Digital Forum Conference 2014 - Teh Intarweb: It'll be the death of us all
04 December 2014 | By Rick Shera
What happens to our digital assets - the things we post online on social media platforms, blogs etc and to our social media accounts themselves, after we die? Read More →
Data is not property says NZ Court of Appeal
20 October 2014 | By Rick Shera
The appeal in Watchorn v R  NZCA 493 continues the Court of Appeal's narrow interpretation of what is meant by the word "property" in the computer crimes sections of the Crimes Act. The case involves Mr Watchorn, an employee of TAG Oil, downloading what the Court of Apeal describes as "extensive and sensitive geoscience data from TAG’s computer system onto a portable hard drive".
According to the penultimate appellate authority in New Zealand, that is not property. Read More →