2024

Student Visas and Post-Study Work Visa Requirements
2024-02-23

Student Visas and Post-Study Work Visa Requirements

A quick guide on the basics of the fee-paying student visa for international students who want to study full-time in New Zealand.

By Rita Worner

Conditions to a Contract
2024-02-22

Conditions to a Contract

A sale and purchase agreement for residential property may include various conditions, depending on the purchaser’s circumstances and negotiations with their vendor, and may vary depending on the property.

By Polina Boyarchenko

Property Law
Streamlining Overseas Investment Decisions: Balancing National Security and Economic Growth
2024-02-21

Streamlining Overseas Investment Decisions: Balancing National Security and Economic Growth

In a move aimed at streamlining the process of overseas investment decisions, there are proposals to limit ministerial involvement to matters strictly related to national security only. Currently, ministers have the authority to make decisions regarding investments deemed to be in the national interest, but this responsibility is often delegated to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). However, this system has been criticized for adding complexity and time to the decision-making process, leading to calls for reform.

By Harris Gu

Immigration Law
We're Hiring: Receptionist
2024-02-19

We're Hiring: Receptionist

This busy role will include assisting multiple lawyers with administration tasks as well as standard receptionist duties. The perfect person will be someone who works well under pressure, has strong attention to detail, is a fast learner, self-motivating and takes initiative

By Aimee Young

Minutes with Marcus: QCL Updates, Victoria St West Construction and a New Government
2024-02-16

Minutes with Marcus: QCL Updates, Victoria St West Construction and a New Government

Marcus is back with his fourth episode of 'Minutes with Marcus'. In this episode he discusses exciting updates within QCL and its staff, the construction taking place on Victoria Street West and of course, our brand new government.

By Marcus Beveridge

How to come to New Zealand with the Accredited Employer Work Visa
2024-02-14

How to come to New Zealand with the Accredited Employer Work Visa

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is a temporary work visa designed to ensure New Zealanders are first in line for jobs and where genuine skill or labour shortages exist, accredited employers can hire skilled migrants. This was introduced on July 4 2022.

By Alex Baldwin

Accredited Employer Work VisaImmigration Law
Assisting Filipino Work Visa holders
2024-02-12

Assisting Filipino Work Visa holders

Following the unfortunate liquidation of the ELE Group in December 2023, a silver lining has emerged. Queen City Law, New Zealand Labour Hire and Immigration New Zealand have come together to support the affected migrant workers, demonstrating the power of unity and compassion in times of crisis.

By Alex Baldwin

Work VisaImmigrationFilipino Workers
Summer Law Clerkships at Queen City Law
2024-02-09

Summer Law Clerkships at Queen City Law

Queen City Law takes on law clerks every year from November to February during the university summer break. This year, we were lucky to be joined by Otago and Auckland University students, Enna and Yolanda.

By Marcus Beveridge

Summer Law Clerks
We're Hiring: Senior Litigation Consultant or Existing Litigation Team
2024-02-09

We're Hiring: Senior Litigation Consultant or Existing Litigation Team

Queen City Law is looking to hire a full time highly skilled and motivated Senior Litigation Consultant or an existing Litigation Team. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in leading and managing complex litigation cases, providing expert legal advice, and representing our clients in the courts.

By Marcus Beveridge

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Welcome to the team, Hannah!
2024-02-08

Welcome to the team, Hannah!

Queen City Law is excited to have Hannah join the team!

By Aimee Young

Immigration Law
Selling Leaky Units (Q&A with Ray White's Grant Elliott)
2024-02-07

Selling Leaky Units (Q&A with Ray White's Grant Elliott)

Leaky buildings are buildings that require remedial work to weathertightness issues, whether or not it falls within a 10-year weathertightness guarantee.  It may involve systemic failures in the building or may be isolated leaks from poor maintenance.  They cost owners (and potentially buyers of leaky buildings) significant costs to remedy.

By Tina Hwang

Property Law
Queen City Law to present at the Property Law Conference 2024
2024-02-05

Queen City Law to present at the Property Law Conference 2024

The Law Association Property Law Conference will be held on 29 February 2024, at Four Points by Sheraton, Auckland - And Queen City Law's Senior Associate, Tina Hwang, will be presenting on Due Diligence Tips in Residential Property Acquisitions. 

By Tina Hwang

Property Law
Overseas Investment Office (OIO) Consent - What is it and do you need it?
2024-01-31

Overseas Investment Office (OIO) Consent - What is it and do you need it?

When purchasing sensitive land (which now includes residential property) in New Zealand, you may need OIO consent. Whether or not you require consent depends on your residency status, and if purchasing under a company or trust, will be dependent on whether the entity has an overseas persons or is associated to an overseas person.

By Joseph Diao

OIOOverseas Investment Office
What is a statutory demand?
2024-01-30

What is a statutory demand?

What is a statutory demand? A statutory demand is a demand for undisputed debt to be payable within a certain amount of time. There are 5 requirements that are needed...

By Tina Hwang

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Do I need a prenup? Contracting Out Agreements
2024-01-26

Do I need a prenup? Contracting Out Agreements

Do I need a prenup? What is a contracting out agreement? What is relationship property? These are some questions you may ask yourself when entering a serious relationship with your partner.  It is important to understand the answers to these questions before committing not only yourself but your assets to your partner.

By Tina Hwang

Contracting OutPrenup
Amendments to the Unit Titles Act
2024-01-24

Amendments to the Unit Titles Act

The Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2022: What the changes mean and what to be aware of:

By Tina Hwang

Unit Titles ActProperty Law
New Zealand Residence Visa - Investor Plus Category (Seminar)
2024-01-17

New Zealand Residence Visa - Investor Plus Category (Seminar)

Queen City Law along with Bentleys, Blackbull Wealth and NZVC held an online seminar where they discussed the New Zealand Residence Visa (Investor Plus Category) from the Queen City Law office.

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
Starting a business in New Zealand
2024-01-15

Starting a business in New Zealand

This article explores an important topic that will affect aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners: the legal considerations for starting a business in New Zealand. At Queen City Law, we witness firsthand the challenges and opportunities that arise when embarking on a new business venture. By understanding the legal landscape, you can set a solid foundation for your business and mitigate potential risks.

By Luke Beveridge

Employment Law

2023

Queen City Law to co-chair and present at the Immigration Law Summit 2024
2023-12-21

Queen City Law to co-chair and present at the Immigration Law Summit 2024

QCL is at the forefront of business migration and in fact all aspects of migration and has nurtured an incredible client base largely due to this work type. We get to know our clients very well during this process and this generally forges a long term trusted advisor relationship with the firm as we then represent our clients with all of their other legal requirements (Estate planning, commercial, property, employment for example only) in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

By Marcus Beveridge

Contract Law 104
2023-12-19

Contract Law 104

If a contract has been breached – not performed in accordance with its terms – then the aggrieved party has to decide what to do about it.  This involves two distinct considerations – determining what has been lost, and determining what process to follow to recover that loss.

By Ross Dillon

Litigation
Visitor Visa - Bona Fides
2023-12-13

Visitor Visa - Bona Fides

New Zealand is a beautiful country that attracts millions of visitors every year. If you are planning to visit you may need to apply for a visitor visa before you arrive.

By Alex Baldwin

Our multi-lingual team
2023-12-13

Our multi-lingual team

The lawyers at Queen City Law are speakers of Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, English, Spanish, Indonesian / Malay, Tagalog and Russian. We are also experts in helping Asian migrants relocate to and settle in New Zealand.

By Marcus Beveridge

What is a trust?
2023-12-01

What is a trust?

A trust is a separate legal entity where an arrangement is made between one party usually called ’the settlor’ grants another party ‘the trustee/s’ the authority to hold and manage assets or property for the benefit of a third party or a group of beneficiaries.

By Luke Beveridge

Property LawPrivate Wealth
Immigration Employment Update 2023
2023-11-01

Immigration Employment Update 2023

Accredited employers will no longer be able to use 90-day trials. The Government is requiring employers to commit to not using trial periods when hiring people on an AEWV.

By Sonny Lam

Immigration LawEmployment Law
Contract Law 103
2023-09-12

Contract Law 103

Contracts are the foundation of business transactions, legal agreements, and everyday interactions. They serve as the backbone of commercial relationships, providing a framework within which parties can operate, make commitments, and ensure the smooth flow of activities. However, which disputes arise, the interpretation of contracts is not always straightforward.

By Ross Dillon

Litigation
Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Act 2023
2023-08-11

Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Act 2023

On 10 August 2023, Tina Hwang was asked to present to some project managers about the latest changes to the retentions scheme in the Construction Contracts Act 2002.  Here is a summary of her presentation.

By Tina Hwang

Contract Law 102
2023-08-02

Contract Law 102

In the realm of contract law, parties must clearly define the terms of their agreement to avoid misunderstandings and disputes. These terms fall into different categories, including express terms, implied terms (implied by statute, the courts, or in fact), and exclusion clauses. This article explores each of these categories and discusses notable cases that shed light on their significance and application in contract law.

By Ross Dillon

Litigation
How do I prove that I am a bona fide applicant?
2023-07-26

How do I prove that I am a bona fide applicant?

If you are applying for a visitor or student visa, it is likely that Immigration New Zealand will raise concerns in regards to whether you are a bona fide applicant.

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
How To Get Residency In New Zealand
2023-07-12

How To Get Residency In New Zealand

After being in and out of lockdowns for over two years, New Zealand has finally opened its borders again. This means that people can now begin migrating to New Zealand like they were, before the pandemic hit. Immigration New Zealand has multiple pathways that can be undertaken to obtain a New Zealand Residency Visa. Each pathway will be explained below:

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
Myths about Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorneys
2023-07-03

Myths about Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorneys

Wills and Enduring Power of Attorneys are often misunderstood, with people not knowing the true meaning behind each. This blog post will put the rumours to bed, and explain what they are for, and who should get them.

By Tina Hwang

Private Wealth
What happens when the Construction Contracts Act collides with the Liquidation regime?
2023-05-03

What happens when the Construction Contracts Act collides with the Liquidation regime?

When a company can’t pay its debts, the shareholders and directors can appoint a Liquidator, to wind up the company. If they do not do so, a creditor can apply to the Court to place the company into Liquidation (and has the opportunity to nominate the Liquidator).

By Ross Dillon

Civil Litigation
How can I save my dog?
2023-05-01

How can I save my dog?

Sometimes dogs bite people,  situations arise when even the best owners and best dogs get into troubles.  A strange set of circumstances, a confulence of misadventure or just a momentary lapse in judgement, can lead a dog owner to be dealing with the fallout from a attack or criminal prosecution. What can you do to protect yourself and your dog? This week Tina Hwang examines what a dog owner can expect when their dog is accused of attacking someone.

By Tina Hwang

Litigation
Partnership Visas
2023-05-01

Partnership Visas

The partnership visa is a great way to bring your loved one to your side. It can enable your partner to obtain either residency or an open work visa. To do so, you need to prove to Immigration New Zealand that you are ‘living together in a genuine and stable relationship’.

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
Contract Law 101
2023-05-01

Contract Law 101

Everyone comes into contact with the law. The law that we all come into contact with can be split into 3 main areas – (i) criminal law, where the State imposes obligations on us all, (ii) torts, which can be described as norms of society which we must all abide by and that the courts will enforce, and (iii) contract, which are obligations we enter into voluntarily and which can be very extensive in their nature.

By Ross Dillon

Litigation
What has the recent flooding taught us?
2023-02-02

What has the recent flooding taught us?

If there’s anything the past week in Auckland has shown us, it’s to expect the unexpected. Or perhaps now, expect the worst and hope for the… summer we have been robbed of?

By Tina Hwang

2022

Trees & Neighbours
2022-09-16

Trees & Neighbours

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake

By Tina Hwang

hands holding pen with papers
2022-08-23

What do you need to know about the New Compensation Clause in the 11th Edition of REINZ/ADSL Agreement?

The Eleventh Edition of the REINZ/ADSL Agreement for sale and purchase of real estate (“Agreement”) has come into force as we approach the two-year anniversary of life under COVID-19 in New Zealand. It has developed to reflect the changing legislations and evolving industry practices. While many of the changes are minor, one of the changes are particularly noteworthy – the new Compensation Claim contained in Clause 10 of the Agreement.

By Tina Hwang

Property Law
How to Buy a House in New Zealand – essential tips for first home buyers
2022-08-12

How to Buy a House in New Zealand – essential tips for first home buyers

Are you a first home buyer? Have you just moved to New Zealand? Do you know what a ‘conditional’ agreement is or an ‘unconditional’ agreement is? Do you know what the difference is between buying a house at auction or by negotiation?

By Tina Hwang

Property Law
Employment Law and Email Privacy
2022-08-01

Employment Law and Email Privacy

In New Zealand electronic communications are not considered property and therefore cannot be stolen. But can an employer access your emails and use them as reasons to dismiss an employee?

By Tina Hwang

Employment Law
Plane taking off from runway
2022-07-12

What is a Character Waiver? Immigration to NZ

In brief everyone entering NZ must be of be of good character and not pose a potential security risk to NZ. This is primarily assessed through the character requirements for entry into NZ which are the same whether you are applying for residence or for temporary entry.

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
"You're fired!" Do you have a personal grievance claim?
2022-07-06

"You're fired!" Do you have a personal grievance claim?

We have all seen the Hollywood movies, the dramas and also heard of outrageous conduct "warranting" dismissal. However, does serious misconduct actually justify dismissal in New Zealand? The short answer is "no." Hardly any serious misconduct will warrant immediate dismissal as the Employment Relations Act 2000 has taught us that due process and good faith are the two corner stones in employment relationships, often at the dismay of employers.

By Tina Hwang

Employment Law
My Limited Via is due to expire, what can I do
2022-05-05

My Limited Via is due to expire, what can I do

Limited Visas are often granted to people that have a potential risk of remaining in New Zealand unlawfully after their visa expires. It is Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) way of giving you an opportunity to come to New Zealand for an express purpose even when they see potential risks within your application.

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
Defences to Drink Driving
2022-04-23

Defences to Drink Driving

At Queen City Law we urge you to get good legal advice if you are considering fighting a drink driving charge. If you intend to seek a discharge without conviction, be sure to share with your lawyer in a timely way all aspects of the circumstances surrounding your case. Many of the details of these circumstances will determine wether or not your defence is successful in court.

By Luke Beveridge

Criminal Law
hands of medical doctor
2022-04-07

Medical Waivers for Immigration to New Zealand

Under current immigration residence criteria all individuals included in an application for New Zealand permanent residence are required to demonstrate that they have an acceptable standard of health for the grant of New Zealand residence, or, failing this, they qualify for a “medical waiver”.

By Bradley So

Immigration Law
Good Fences make Good Neighbours – Boundary Disputes
2022-03-07

Good Fences make Good Neighbours – Boundary Disputes

Is your neighbour accessing your property to complete boundary work? Has your neighbour started construction work which will compromise your property, or it’s value, access or enjoyment? fence_goodp

By Tina Hwang

Neighbour Law
2022-02-01

Neighbour Law

Disputes with neighbours can arise over many things; noise, fences, trees and animals etc. Ideally, you and your neighbour should be able to resolve any problem by discussing it and acting reasonably. However, if this is not possible, the law may be able to help resolve the matter.row-monopoly-houses

By Tina Hwang

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