Contract and Commercial Law Bill

Revision’s “peculiar pleasures and… peculiar frustrations” (Vikram Seth)

A century’s worth of contract and commercial law statutes is modernised and consolidated by the 222 page Contract and Commercial Law Bill introduced to Parliament last week, the first major statute law revision exercise in New Zealand for over 100 years, with objectives of increasing accessibility and reducing regulatory cost. It is, on any view, an extraordinary and thoughtful accomplishment by the Parliamentary Counsel Office, whose explanatory materials bear reading. Continue reading “Contract and Commercial Law Bill”


A legal oddity in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Alice in Wonderland

The employment jurisdiction’s intersection with common law is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ sort of place, where things do not mean what they say, or others collaborate to give them meanings that make no sense. Continue reading “A legal oddity in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill”