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Rights of consumers when purchasing goods are hopefully well known by now. A common mistake from retailers though is thinking that these consumer rights can be excluded in certain cases such as on sale items or samples. Incorrectly trying to exclude consumer rights can lead to a fine being imposed. Allister Doo sheds some light on what can be a confusing area of consumer law.

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An employment law specialist is what you will need if are an employee and your employer offered you a compromise agreement. You need to receive a legal guidance or advice from an employment law specialist so that you won’t be making any decisions you will regret and your employment law specialist will know how to handle these kinds of situations.

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A recent court ruling may have unintended consequences for New Zealand businesses whose brands may be considered to be making health claims - IP expert Theodore Ducas explains his concerns.

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Many small business owners find out too late - when they come to sell their business - that it's not worth what they thought it was. Michael Smyth helps you make sure it doesn't happen to you

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Do you have some great business ideas you don't want anyone to steal? What about your logo, or your brand? And is your marketing material protected by copyright? Here are some practical pointers on protecting your intellectual property.

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The new Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 is designed to deter, prevent and mitigate harm caused by digital communications but could it lead to more harm than good? Allister Doo explains what this law change could mean for you.

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Commissioning and paying for a brand design does not mean ownership. If a graphic designer has created your brand, it may well not be yours, warns Theodore Doucas.

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Recent international events where trademark law has come off second best against social media should serve as a caution to New Zealand companies to tread carefully when enforcing their rights, says NZ IP law expert.

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If you suspect your competitors aren't playing fairly when it comes to advertising their services in comparison to yours, there are things you can do says Michael Smyth

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Make sure your terms of trade are fair
This story, about a recent document reviewed for a client, provides an important reminder to businesses to review their contracts for 'unfair' terms - or face substantial penalties. Jo-Ella Sarich explains ...

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Sometimes it is prudent to involve your legal advisor in a business issue, but many home and small business owners don't do so as they are concerned about the cost or unsure of the process. Kirsten Ferguson has some sound advice to help you keep costs down and get the most out of your advisor.

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Beweare the pitfalls of RFPs
No matter which side of the fence you sit when it comes to tenders and RFPs, Richard Osborne warns there are legal risks to be aware of

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Are your contracts unfair?
New laws prohibiting ‘unfair’ terms in consumer contracts will affect all businesses dealing with the general public and require businesses to review their contracts.

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Directors buying and selling shares must be aware of the rules
We tend to think of insider trading as something that happens with regard to companies listed on the stock exchange - but Allister Doo warns that a director of even a very small company needs to be careful when buying or selling shares.

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Buying a business is a big step and can be a huge risk, unless you do your homework. Jo-Ella Sarich looks at some steps you can take to maximise your chances of business success.

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A recent High Court judgement about the intellectual property rights of Australian companies in New Zealand is a cause for uncertainty and concern, for local Kiwi companies.

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Giving credit can be costly. Make sure you protect yourself adequately before you offer extended payment options to your customers.

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Employee ownership is something that is being actively encouraged overseas, and is already seen in some major New Zealand companies as a way of rewarding employees and enhancing employee loyalty. However, it is important that company directors think very carefully about drawing up a shareholders' agreement before offering employees any such arrangement.

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An Australian businessman has recently been fined $95,000 for breaching New Zealand’s anti-spam laws. This shows it pays to ensure you are aware of the scope of the anti-spam laws in New Zealand.

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Compliance, legal issues, and good business management are about making sure all the small details are taken care of. This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute read has tips and tools to help avoid potentially serious pitfalls in this area.

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