Kevin Osborne Celebrates 50 Years in Legal Practice

[Image Above: A sample of Kevin’s past achievements highlighted in The Otago Daily Times and Hawke’s Bay Today from the past couple of decades]   Written by Sophie Broome In November 2023, our Director, Kevin Osborne, marked his fiftieth year as a lawyer. Kevin has achieved first class legal expertise and a widely respected knowledge in the legal profession and is a beacon of expertise for both his clients and colleagues. Our summer intern, Sophie, caught up with Kevin to ask him about his time practicing...

The blurry line between employee expertise and social media opinion

Written by Christine Symes and Sophie Broome A recent Employment Court case Turner v Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand raises the question of employment-related opinions and the use of social media – appropriate or inappropriate? Turner was a palliative care nurse working at a Retirement Village run by Wairarapa District Health Board. Turner was dismissed for voicing personal opinions on her Facebook account about the negative implications of the COVID-19 vaccine and in addition, race related opinions. These were contrary to...

Are you managing your Family Trust correctly?

Written by Nick Aveling Gone are the days of Mum and Dad running the family Trust as if they still owned the Trust property. With new requirements and regulations the use of Trusts has come under increasing scrutiny. Whilst Trusts continue to provide benefits that make them an essential component of effective asset planning and wealth management, these benefits arise only if the Trust is properly administered. Running the Trust needs to be taken seriously. If Trustees do not treat the...