The Supreme Court recently decided that the dismissal of charges against former Pike River Mine boss Peter Whittall was unlawful. We support the view of the judges that their decision reaffirms the rule of law. The court found that Worksafe entered into an unlawful bargain in 2013 when it agreed to a deal in which insurers for Whittall would pay the Pike victims $3.41 million if the prosecution was dropped. Pike River victims Sonya Rockhouse and Anna Osborne brought the case.
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Do you know what you're agreeing to in your contract? When you sign the standard listing agreement with a real estate firm you are legally agreeing to:
The issues you need to address when entering into a building contract ... There have been instances in the past where a building contractor has commenced work, obtained a progress payment and then left the site to complete other works due either to pressure from other jobs or cash-flow.
Credit checks are vital. One of our clients owns a small commercial building which she had leased to a small business. Her tenants vacated the premises before the term expired without paying the rent, and the guarantor was insolvent. Our client wanted to know if there was any way she could recover the rent and better protect herself with future tenants. Before entering into a lease it is crucial to investigate the tenant’s credit worthiness.
Tax residence is a fundamental issue for individuals which can have a significant impact on an individual’s tax position. This appeal case provides guidance regarding the permanent place of abode test.
We are often asked by clients about Residential Care Subsidies and what they should do about gifting to their trust.