Bramwell Bate is open for business during Covid-19 Alert Level 2.

Our office is now open and operating under Government guidelines to ensure we keep both you and our team safe.
To limit the number of clients at our office at any given time, we are carefully scheduling client meetings.
We have QR Code and contact tracing at the office entrance, along with hand sanitiser and disposable face masks.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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Bramwell Bate Lawyers Is Pleased To Announce Their Newest Director

Following a year as an Associate, Bramwell Bate Lawyers is pleased to announce Christine Symes as their newest Director. Christine joins current Directors Kevin Osborne, Roger Phillip, Edward Bostock and Leah McHardy. Born and raised on a farm in Southland, Christine attended the University of Otago in the late 90s before moving to Hawke’s Bay with her husband Ben, a born and raised local. After working as an in-house lawyer for StockCo, a livestock finance company, Christine returned to working...

Employers need to balance growth with volatility from COVID-19

First published in The Profit. Written by Edward Bostock. No doubt we are all spending a lot of time considering what sort of year 2021 will be. New Zealand has been very fortunate compared to the rest of the world, however, there are still plenty of challenges we are facing particularly for those in certain industries such as tourism and events, most recently highlighted by the cancellation of the Art Deco Festival due to the change in alert levels. Confidence in the...

Changes to sick leave entitlements

As has been anticipated, there are some proposed changes to the Holidays Act 1993 (“the Act”) that are expected to come into effect later this year. The changes look to double the minimum number of sick days available to employees from 5 to 10 days per annum, after they have worked with an employer for six months. The Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) is currently before the Select Committee of the New Zealand Parliament and is under review....

Important Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act for Landlords and Tenants

3 March 2021 Whether you are a landlord or tenant, it is essential to understand your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act. The Act is in the process of being updated and a number of important changes took effect on 11 February 2021: Rent can only be increased once every 12 months. Previously rent increases could occur every six months (this change took effect earlier, on 12 August 2020).  Landlords must have genuine reasons to end a tenancy, even if...

Virtually witnessed documents, are they valid?

The main purpose of having a witness to a document is to authenticate that the person signing was in fact the person noted on the document. The implementation of electronic signatures was already common practice and with the advancement of technology, was always likely to increase in use. In New Zealand, however, law requires that for an electronic signature to be legitimate, it must comply with the following: The document must identify the signatory. The electronic signature is as reliable as...

Bramwell Bate and the Peak Trailblazer

Last Sunday around 700 competitors of all ages (including a number of Bramwell Bate team members, their partners, and children) took part in the 11th Peak Trailblazer, where contestants run or walk up Te Mata Peak (12.8kms) or undertake the gentler Tainui Trail (3.5 kms). The annual, 100% fundraising event, this year helped out two community groups (Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Te Oranga Pumanawa) and Havelock North Primary. Bramwell Bate was a proud Gold sponsor of the event, as they...

Putting your best foot forward in a booming property market

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of economic uncertainty both globally and in New Zealand. During the lockdown in April and May 2020 we were all questioning how the housing market would be impacted. Contrary to the expectations of some commentators, the NZ housing market has been booming since the end of lockdown. Whether this is from an increase in Kiwis returning home, new home buyers taking advantage of lower interest rates or people just needing a...

A timely reminder to review your affairs

As we slowly return to our day to day routines following the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s a good time to reflect on the lessons learnt from the paired back existence we experienced during these unprecedented times. One of the overwhelming messages to come out of the lockdown, was an even greater appreciation of our families and our desire to protect them. It is at times like these, that we should take stock of our personal affairs to ensure that in the...