Mediation in Employment Disputes – how it can help you

2017-11-24T10:22:27+00:00 November 24th, 2017|

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods are alternatives to going directly to court. Using an ADR method is usually more cost effective for all the parties involved, takes less time to resolve the dispute, and relieves the court of cases that can be resolved between the parties. This article will focus [...]

Speak no evil – settlement agreements are confidential

2017-11-24T10:26:09+00:00 June 8th, 2015|

The Media love reporting on scandalous details of employment disputes that are before the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) and Employment Court. They trumpet headlines like “Sacked worker who took worthless magazine gets $9,000”. However, many employers and employees choose to avoid the glare of publicity by resolving employment disputes with [...]

Important Changes to the Building Act

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 February 20th, 2015|

Changes to the Building Act 2004 came into effect from 1 January 2015. The changes are designed to better protect clients and ensure they are informed. All builders completing new work worth more than $30,000.00 (including GST and materials) must now have a written contract with their client and it [...]

New processes for helping parents resolve disputes about their children

2015-10-28T12:00:26+00:00 June 10th, 2014|

The Ministry of Justice has introduced new processes for parents when they are resolving disputes about their children. Before parents can apply to the court regarding a dispute about care, or contact arrangements, or guardianship matters; parents must first complete two out-of-court processes. They are: 1. Attend a 'parenting through [...]

Do you need help with an inheritance or Will dispute?

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 April 14th, 2014|

Family disputes over Wills and inheritances can quickly become expensive, time consuming and stressful. In some cases they can even destroy relationships forever. At ARL Lawyers our Dispute Resolution Team has experienced solicitors who will conduct negotiations to arrive at practical, common sense solutions for all the parties. Our focus [...]

Student loans – increased compliance sought

2015-09-29T14:15:19+00:00 September 13th, 2013|

Changes to the student loan system were announced in this years’ budget. The Government stated that new initiatives were necessary to raise the level of repayments made by overseas-based borrowers and to target those who default by introducing penalties. As a result of the announcement, the Student Loan Scheme Amendment [...]