COVID-19 RESOURCES

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting steps taken by the New Zealand Government to address it, has had, and will continue to have, a dramatic effect on our personal and business lives. We have therefore created this specific resource to provide information to clients and others in areas of the law in which we specialise.

This information is of a general nature however. If you do have an issue, you should obtain specific legal advice on it, since the information here may or may not be applicable to your particular circumstances. Contact the partner or solicitor you normally deal with at Lowndes Jordan or, if you are not a Lowndes Jordan client, feel free to contact any of our partners so we can see who is best suited to assist you.

Summary of Key Legislative changes for businesses
Summary of Key Legislative changes for businesses
22 June 2020 | By  Michelle York  | Rick Shera
We provide a summary of legislation that has been enacted or temporarily modified in response to COVID-19 with the intention of assisting businesses through the pandemic.
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Emergency notification regime to begin
Emergency notification regime to begin
16 June 2020 | By  Graham Jordan  | Tamara McConnell
With the advent of Covid-19, a few aspects of the Government’s proposed overhaul of foreign investment law were expedited and passed into law under the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020.
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Corporate insolvency update
Corporate insolvency update
02 June 2020 | By  Liam Closey
Further to our previous commentary on this topic, the Government has now enacted changes to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act). The changes, made under the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, came into effect on 15 May 2020 with some amendments to the initial draft legislation.
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Filing and serving documents - High Court rule changes
Filing and serving documents - High Court rule changes
15 April 2020 | By  Thomas Bielby
This article describes the temporary changes to High Court Rules and guidance around timetabling issues in current proceedings for those who are currently involved in or contemplating civil proceedings in the High Court.
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Insolvency Meetings during COVID-19 lockdown
Insolvency Meetings during COVID-19 lockdown
15 April 2020 | By  Karl Stolberger  | Stephanie Nicolson
Using its powers under Section 290ADO of the Companies Act, the High Court has approved the holding of a first creditors' meeting under Part 15A (Voluntary Administration) of the Act by electronic means, to cater for the COVID-19 lockdown
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Shareholder Meetings in an age of Social Distancing
Shareholder Meetings in an age of Social Distancing
14 April 2020 | By  Michael Busch  | Joshua Woo
For as long as there have been companies, holding annual shareholder meetings in the form of a physical gathering has been a key part of a company’s annual functions and shareholder engagement. The impact of Covid-19, however, may be changing perspectives and accelerating the trend toward holding of meetings via electronic means.
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The Government’s response to corporate insolvency
The Government’s response to corporate insolvency
06 April 2020 | By  Liam Closey
The New Zealand Government announced changes to the Companies Act 1993 on Friday, 3 April 2020 aimed at supporting New Zealand businesses through the COVID-19 epidemic, to ease the pressure on businesses and directors facing solvency issues so as to avoid companies being placed into liquidation prematurely.
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Contracts and performance flowchart
Contracts and performance flowchart
06 April 2020 | By  Michael Busch  | Karl Stolberger
We expect many businesses and individuals to be assessing the virus' impact on their contractual obligations, including whether the virus excuses a party from its contractual obligations under a force majeure clause or the doctrine of frustration. The flow chart is a resource you can use to help you with that assessment.
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The epidemic’s impact on New Zealand commercial leases
The epidemic’s impact on New Zealand commercial leases
29 March 2020 | By  Liam Closey
This is a general overview of some of the issues of the epidemic's impact on New Zealand commercial leases.
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Key employment law information and FAQs
Key employment law information and FAQs
26 March 2020 | By  Duncan Coats
This update provides employers with workplace law guidance in relation to key issues that may concern them regarding the outbreak and Alert Level 4.
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