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Brexit and You

“Alea iacta este” (the die is cast), is the Latin phrase attributed to Julius Ceasar as he led his army across the Rubicon river into Northern Italy in 49 BC.   England has now crossed its own Rubicon, in voting to leave the EU. While no one really knows what the effects of this decision will […]

Buying a new home off the plans

QCL Senior Solicitor Tina Hwang was recently quoted in an article published by The NZ Herald in relation to getting in early and buying a new home or apartment off the plans. “The process of buying off the plans is different to an ordinary home purchase and buyers really need to understand the agreement they’re […]

Investor Catergory – What asset can I nominate under the Investor Programme

Applicants applying under the investor programme can nominate various types of assets such as shares, cash deposits, properties, debt instruments and so on in accordance with the relevant provisions of the New Zealand Government Immigration Instructions. The critical issue is proving “ownership” of the nominated assets. If your asset is held through a trust and […]

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Entrepeneur Residence Visa – What to consider when uplifting the section 49A condition?

A residence visa holder cannot be issued a permanent residence visa until the Section 49A condition on their visa has been uplifted. A section 49A condition is imposed on your residence visa if you have applied under the previous Entrepreneur Plus Category and the Current Entrepreneur (Fast Track) Category. When applying to uplift the section […]

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Update on Residential Land Tax

Where to start? The new data collection requirements and ‘bright line test’ have now been in place for a few months. The new Bright Line Tax applies to all residential property with a house on it in the following instances: • It is acquired after 1 October 2015 and sold within 2 years of acquisition; […]

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Character Waiver – Do I have to disclose my historic charges?

It is not uncommon for some applicants to have an old drunk and disorderly conviction, or a drunk driving conviction, or even an old conviction for the possession of recreational drugs. Sometimes these convictions are from over 10 years ago and it can be confusing as to whether you need to disclose these charges to […]

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The simple things when buying or selling a property

While watching another border security documentary recently, a man was seen arguing with security that his partner completed the document for him which he then signed. Good luck with that as a defence. The question is whether we really know what we are signing (and whether we realise the consequences)? One of the largest transactions […]

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Building & Construction Law Conference 2016 – The Updated Construction Contracts Act

Marcus Beveridge and Lauren Qiu were invited to present at the annual New Zealand Building & Construction Law Conference on 5 April 2016. The presentation focused on the practical considerations of the recent Construction Contracts Amendment Act, which is currently being progressively implemented. The seminar was attended by a vast number of industry leaders, all […]

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Introducing Charlotte

There have been a few changes at QCL just recently, we have welcomed our newest team member Charlotte, who replaces Sophie at reception. Charlotte comes to us with some great experience having previously worked at Whitecross Medical for 18 months as the receptionist and administrative assistant to their immigration team. Charlotte loves a challenge and […]

Grumpy Old Men

It must be a measure of age when you start complaining about the things you recall your father used to complain about.   The next measure of age is when you start seriously considering the same solutions that your father used to bang on about.  I appear to have reached that point… This all came about […]