Our office is open, and we are following Government guidelines to ensure we keep both you and our team safe.

If you are not fully vaccinated, we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings with you and will instead arrange meetings with you by telephone or video call. On arrival to the office, we will sight and scan your Vaccine Pass.
All meetings with our team members must be scheduled in advance. We are limiting the number of clients at our office to ensure physical distancing.
Please scan in and wear a face covering. We have disposable face masks if you need them, and manual contact tracing is available.
We ask that you respect the members of our team who are taking the necessary precautions and following the required Government guidelines to help us all stay well.

Bramwell Bate Hills

Government Introduces Further Amendments to Overseas Investment Rules

The Government introduced a number of amendments to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (the OIA) on 24 November 2021, following several incremental amendments implemented throughout 2021. The OIA governs overseas investment in sensitive land, significant business assets and fishing quota, and recent reforms aim to support and attract quality overseas investors whilst managing risk. Three key recent amendments relate to the sale of farm land, the sale of fresh or seawater areas and the “benefit to New Zealand” test. 1.   Sale of...

Bramwell Bate Landscape

The Wills Act – What does it mean?

The Wills Act 2007 (“Act”) governs how wills should be prepared, executed, amended and administered. The Act was introduced to make the law around wills easier to understand, with a single reference point rather than spread over different statutes. An overview of the Act is outlined below. The Act applies to the wills of people who die on or after 1 November 2007 regardless of when the will was executed. However, s 40 of the Act provides guidance on which...

Tenants in common – when only one wants to sell

Property Sharing Agreements are becoming more prevalent as individuals seek certainty of outcomes, where unforeseen circumstances intervene after property purchases. The form of property ownership known as ‘tenancy in common’ is becoming more popular due to this. This form of ownership enables an individual to have control over their share of the property they are a part owner of, to the extent that they can decide who they wish to take over their share in the event they die or...