‘Long stop’ provisions: Making sense of the 10-year limitation period in leaky building claims

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The very recent Auckland High Court decision of Kells and Kells v Auckland City Council & Others (CIV-2008-404-1812) had to consider whether the Weathertight...

Contractual mistake in sale and purchase of a leaky house

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Timothy Bates and Sabina Boyd of Auckland law firm Legal Vision review a recent case which concerned a contractual mistake in an agreement for...

When does innocent representation become actionable misrepresentation?

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Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision examines a case concerning the purchase of a leaky unit that invoked clauses in the Contract...

Directors’ statutory duties — the Mainzeal High Court decision

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By Tim Bates, Legal Vision   In this month’s article I wish to review some of the findings of the recent Mainzeal High Court decision. The decision...

Building policy reform — a summary of proposed MBIE changes, Part 1

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Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision previews some of the proposed amendments to the Building Act 2004. In this month’s article I’ll preview...

Relaxed limitation rule allows defects claims older than 10 years

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Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision runs the rule over a recent case where defects claims outside a 10-year limitation period were...

Non-compliant payment claim foils statutory demand process

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Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision evaluates a case that addresses the interplay between the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and the statutory...

Building contracts — some terms to be wary of!

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Last month Sarah Wray and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to members of the Southern Branch of the Auckland Registered Master...

Be warned about trading on if your company is nearly insolvent

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Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision reviews a Supreme Court decision focusing on company directors’ responsibility under the Companies Act 1993. This article...

What is the definition of ‘building work’?

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This article examines a recent High Court decision (GPE Holdings Ltd v Tile ‘N’ Style Ltd v Ors NZHC 802) in which the...