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News - Mortlock McCormack Law | Property and Commercial Law | Christchurch, New Zealand
News - Mortlock McCormack Law | Property and Commercial Law | Christchurch, New Zealand
News - Mortlock McCormack Law | Property and Commercial Law | Christchurch, New Zealand

Trust Busting – Commercial/Business Risk (Brkic v White [2021] NZCA 670)

March 2022

Andrew Logan Jamie Stanton

The 2016 Supreme Court case of Clayton v Clayton found that a person’s “bundle of rights” in a trust (e.g. being a trustee, appointor, beneficiary and having powers to say remove other beneficiaries) could be considered an asset in that ...
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Baby, Baby, Oh Baby!

March 2022 Partner Sarah Manning and fiancé Clinton welcomed their second daughter, Lucy in February. Associate Tash McClure and partner Jaxon welcomed their son, Harrison in December. Legal Executive Michaela Topping and husband Hugo welcomed their son, ...
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Parental Leave

December 2021 Sarah Manning (Partner) is going on parental leave from 21 December 2021. Sarah and Clinton are looking forward to the arrival of a sister for Alice in February. Sarah will be keeping an eye on things from home, so please send through any ...
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Ode to a two-wheeler

December 2021

Margaret Mary De Goldi

One of my earliest memories is learning to ride a bike. In our back garden, there was 10 metres of concrete path from the front porch to the side door of the garage. That path wasn’t very wide, so all up, you had very little time to find your ...
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Commerical Leases: New Rent Reduction Laws – COVID-19

December 2021

Kent Yeoman

New COVID-19 response legislation has been passed which adds into applicable commercial leases a covenant allowing for rent and opex reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reduction applies if the tenant (or any subtenant) is unable to gain ...
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What is a Will and do you need one?

December 2021

Ruby Haddon

Most of us have a general understanding of what a Will is.  However a significant number of us do not actually have one. Some of us may have a very outdated Will that does not reflect our current circumstances. Put simply, a Will is a ...
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Thinking of Developing and Selling ‘Off the Plans’?

December 2021

Chris Egden

Property development can be an attractive investment option for many, particularly for those who have held land for a number of years and are now looking at options for maximizing the value of that land on sale. Property developments can take a ...
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Farewell to Simon Mortlock, MNZM

December 2021

Hamish Douch

On 30 September 2021 the legal fraternity bid adieu and happy retirement to Simon George Mortlock, MNZM, who formally retired from law and Mortlock McCormack Law after more than 53 years of practice. Simon’s career began as a fresh faced ...
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Southern Response – Compensation Payments

October 2021

Sarah Manning

Matthew Hastings

Did you settle an earthquake insurance claim with Southern Response? Have you received your true entitlement? In a recent ruling the High Court has found that Southern Response engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and did not pay policy ...
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New Surrogacy Bill

September 2021

Annie Withington

The Improving Arrangements for Surrogacy Bill has been introduced with the aim of streamlining and better regulating the surrogacy process in New Zealand. The Bill can be read in light of the Law Commission’s recent review of our surrogacy law. ...
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