Publications

2015

Wilson Harle is awarded the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year at the NZ Law Awards 2015 Wilson Harle has been selected by an independent panel of judges as the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Firm of the Year for the second consecutive year at the...

Earthquake insurance: problems of successive events and allocation of loss In 2010 and 2011 the Canterbury region of New Zealand suffered several major earthquakes, resulting in severe destruction. The most devastating quake in February 2011 cau...

Government Procurement Rules used to set aside Ministry's Procurement Decision Since 2006, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has promulgated rules for government procurement decision making.  The rules have been imposed on governme...

Supreme Court clarifies effect of Arbitration Agreements Article 8 provides that, where proceedings are brought in New Zealand in a matter that is subject to an arbitration agreement, the court will stay the matter unless it fi...

Lawyer negligence in property deals - appeal courts confirm causation test Two recent cases from New Zealand's senior appellate courts have confirmed and restated the test for liability of lawyers who negligently advise on property transacti...

Unravelling trust assets - trustee powers deemed relationship property When a marriage or relationship breaks down and there are significant assets in trust structures, bitter disputes and attempts to access those trusts can result. The issu...

Supreme Court and Parliament ease restrictions on awards of interest on court claims An award of interest by the court on top of a proved sum of damages or debt owed can be a significant sum of money, especially if the case has taken a long time to get to...

2014

High Court interves (again) at election time in broadcaster's planned political debate New Zealand has just come through another Parliamentary general election, with the incumbent National-led coalition returned by a handsome margin for another 3-year term...

Court of Appeal clarifies Extraterritorial Application of the Maritime Transport Act The Appellant, Mr Teddy, was the skipper of a fishing vessel, the San Pietro.  He was also a protestor against oil exploration off New Zealand’s coast.  He steered his fi...

Kim Dotcom cases test boundaries of international mutual assistance regime Since 2012 a series of cases have rolled through New Zealand courts regarding US restraining orders over the assets of alleged copyright infringer/abettor Kim Dotcom. The...

New Zealand courts consider interrelationship between cross-border insolvency and admiralty claims For the first time, the New Zealand courts have directly considered the interrelationship between cross-border insolvency and Admiralty claim.(1) An administration order...

Getting The Deal Through - Anti-Money Laundering 2014

Freight forwarding Cartel and agreed penalty settlements: “The Gardening Club” finally pruned The last participant in an international freight forwarders’ price fixing cartel has finally been dealt with by the New Zealand High Court, in a case that confirms the Ne...

High court issues guidance for MV Rena limitation fund claimants Following the High Court judgment of March 15 2013 establishing a limitation fund for claims arising from the grounding of the MV Rena (for further details please see "Hi...

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