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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Consultation announced on a proposed Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

​​​​​​​The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced it is consulting on a proposed Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.

Arbitration law reform: three takeaways

​​​​​​Last week, Parliament made several technical reforms to New Zealand's arbitration legislation. The changes will be of interest to any party considering an arbitration, or to anyone drafting a dispute resolution provision. In this update, we draw three relevant points to your attention.

Privilege in regulatory investigations: UK Court of Appeal supports a broad approach

December 2018 - Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Legal Developments by Bell Gully.

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Last week, the UK Court of Appeal released its much-anticipated judgment in ENRC v SFO[1], a decision with significant implications for the scope of legal professional privilege in the context of regulatory investigations.

Insurance contract law reform back on the agenda for 2018

The Government announced on 6 March that it is undertaking a review of New Zealand's insurance contract law, and has released a terms of reference for the review here​​.


Australian class action reform: implications for New Zealand

On 31 May 2018, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released a discussion paper​​ as part of its inquiry into class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders.

Double tax agreement interpretation in the spotlight again – Court of Appeal reverses foreign tax

​​​The correct interpretation of New Zealand's double tax agreements (DTAs) is once again in the spotlight after a recent Court of Appeal decision treats them in the same way as private contracts. Previously, local and international rulings suggested the international context and purposes of ​such treaties should be taken into account.​

A win for contractual certainty - UK Supreme Court finds "no oral variation" clauses enforceable

In a welcome move from the standpoint of contractual certainty, the United Kingdom's Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal in its eagerly-awaited decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd. In doing so, the Supreme Court has unanimously confirmed that no oral variation (or modification) (NOM) clauses are valid and enforceable in contract law. The decision brings an end to decades of debate in the United Kingdom about the issues. Undoubtedly, it will also shape future New Zealand decisions.

Arbitration in New Zealand

International arbitration is growing in importance as a dispute forum in New Zealand as it is around the world. 

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