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Anti-Money Laundering / Countering Financial Terrorism Legislation

From 1 July 2018 lawyers in New Zealand will fall under the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT).  The purpose of this law reflects New Zealand’s commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community.

Published on: 2/07/2018 | 

Changes To Commercial Lease Agreements

The Auckland District Law Society’s commercial Deed of Lease and documents (Agreement to Lease and Deed of Sublease) have undergone further changes (particularly as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes).

In this article, MDS Law property Associate, Sarah Fields examines some of those changes and the key points to consider before entering into a new agreement with a tenant using the ADLS form.

Published on: 6/05/2014 | 

Subject to approval clauses - do they work?

A recent judgment of the New Zealand Court of Appeal has provided salutary lessons on the care that needs to be taken when you are writing conditions for an agreement for sale and purchase as well as the care that a purchaser must give to fulfilling its obligations under those conditions. MDS Property Lawyer, Dan Crossen reviews this recent judgment and the need for good professional advice when conditions are being put into the agreement.

Published on: 13/08/2013 | 

Unit Titles – Are You Properly Insured?

When a unit title is presented to the market for sale, any interested purchaser is likely to enquire about insurance. In this article, MDS Law Associate and property specialist, John Wright, considers some of those potential risks.

Published on: 5/07/2013 | 

Home Buyers Seminar – 10 July – Register now!

The Canterbury real estate market has changed dramatically since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Now more than ever buyers need to be well informed about the process of buying homes in such a challenging market.

MDS Law and ASB have combined to present some of the key areas that those new to the residential property market, those buying again or for investment need to know.

Published on: 20/06/2013 | 

What is a family trust?

New Zealanders on a per capita basis are one of world’s leading users of trusts as an asset owning entity. Frequently though, they are often misunderstood by those individuals who form them. MDS Law has put together a simple guide explaining what a trust is, the roles within a trust and the benefits of such an entity. Individuals reading this should also seek advice from their lawyer should they wish to consider forming a family trust.

Published on: 11/06/2013 | 

Gaining Ground In New Zealand

Even if you are a sophisticated property investor and have acquired property in other countries throughout the world, it is important to be aware of the issues unique to acquiring land in New Zealand. The purpose of the information contain in our "Gaining Ground in New Zealand" publication is to provide you with some background to acquiring property in New Zealand and to point out some of the matters you need to consider and obtain professional advice in relation to before moving forward with your purchase.

Published on: 11/06/2013 | 

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

The redevelopment of the central city of Christchurch is an opportunity unlikely to be seen again in several lifetimes. While the redevelopment project promises many exciting investment opportunities it also creates much uncertainty for affected land owners. In this article, the {mds} law team reviews the opportunities and what landowners and developers need to do now that the plan has been unveiled.

Published on: 10/09/2012 | 

Changes in Consumer law – what’s in store?

The Consumer Law Reform Bill (Bill), currently with the Commerce Select Committee, is set to modernise consumer law in New Zealand and align it with Australian consumer law. In this article MDS Law Associate, Nichola Hiatt reviews the changes being proposed.

Published on: 29/08/2012 | 

Body Corporate Insurance and your entitlement to payment

In this article MDS Law Associate and property specialist, John Wright, reviews issues around Body Corporate Insurance arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes as deconstruction of developments is being pondered.

Published on: 7/08/2012 | 

Abolition of Gift Duty

The abolition of gift duty took effect from 1 October 2011. In this article we discuss the implications arising from the abolition.

Published on: 7/08/2012 | 


We all like to be in control of our own lives and protect our assets yet many of us do not like to think about our death. Making a will is often something you will consider later. NOT having a will can be costly and lead to stress and confusion for your loved ones in the event of your death.

Published on: 7/08/2012 | 

Unit Titles 2012

The Unit Titles Act 2010 and the Unit Titles Regulation 2011 came into force on 20 June 2011. The 2010 Act replaces the 1972 Act save for certain features preserved under the transitional provisions. MDS Law Associate and specialist property advisor, John Wright, reviews the key features of the new Act.

Published on: 7/08/2012 | 

Tax Update - Earthquake Depreciation Issues

In this article we discuss changes to existing tax laws relating to depreciation arising from the Canterbury Earthquake events.

Published on: 7/08/2012 | 

Proposing a change of use - watch out for the pitfalls

The Canterbury Earthquake Order 2011 is designed to assist displaced businesses find alternative accommodation without requirements to comply with the City or District Plans or normal resource processes. MDS Law Associate and property specialist, John Wright, discusses what to watch out for.

Published on: 7/08/2012 | 
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