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Building your own home or investment property – Remember the fine print!
1 May 2024
More New Zealanders are opting to build their own homes or investment properties. While the prospect of building your own home is exciting, with recent news regarding skyrocketing building costs, we recommend you tread carefully and seek legal advice before entering into a building contract. Read more
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Building your own home or investment property – Remember the fine print! More New Zealanders are opting to build their own homes or investment properties. While the prospect of building your own home is exciting, with recent news regarding skyrocketing building costs, we recommend you tread carefully and seek legal advice before entering into a building contract. Link
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New High Court Decision on Right Of Way Easements In a recent High Court case, an order was made compelling the owner of a private driveway to allow their neighbour to install a new gate on that driveway. This decision, made in response to a dispute between Ruby & Rata Ltd (“Ruby”) and the Eagle Trust, highlights the importance of carefully reviewing the record of title for a property prior to the purchase of land and clarifies the rights of grantees of rights of way to install new entry points as these may be reasonable for use by a grantee. Link
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In a groundbreaking move, the Commerce Commission has filed charges against two construction companies and their directors. Upholding Fair Competition: First Prosecution of Criminal Cartel Conduct in New Zealand Link
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Shaking Grounds and Safety Obligations: Navigating Earthquake-Prone Buildings with Legal Insight When considering next steps for addressing earthquake-prone buildings, building owners must be aware of the obligations they have under not only the Building Act 2004 (“the Building Act”), but also as Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (“the Health and Safety at Work Act”), particularly when the building is occupied. Link

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Ford Sumner welcomes Khandallah Law
7 February 2024

Ford Sumner is delighted to announce that as of 5 February 2024, Khandallah Law has been incorporated into Ford Sumner.

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Ford Sumner welcomes Khandallah Law

Ford Sumner is delighted to announce that as of 5 February 2024, Khandallah Law has been incorporated into Ford Sumner.

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Ford Sumner Turns 17!!

The Ford Sumner Partners and Staff were delighted to celebrate the business' birthday once again after two years of Covid-19 disruptions.

We want to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to all of those who were able to attend and create such a memorable evening.


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2022 Whitireia Scholarship We are delighted to announce that Verity Hazlett, studying for a Bachelor Social Work, is this year’s recipient. Link
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Webinar: Business Under Pressure Join us for our Business Under Pressure webinar, on Thursday 19 May 2022, Link

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Case Study

Nelson Airport Case Study
20 August 2019

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Nelson Airport Case Study

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