We firmly believe in the old adage that ‘knowledge is power’, and we’re committed to providing our clients with regular updates on any news and/or relevant developments which may affect them from a legal standpoint.

Does your home include a toxicity clause?

Are you buying a home? It appears the number of houses contaminated by the preparation or use of drugs is such that at Kannangara Thomson, we feel the need to further protect our clients by including a toxicity clause in the purchase agreement.

Stonewood homes in receivership

On the 23rd of February it was announced that Stonewood Homes New Zealand Limited is in receivership.

New property tax laws affect trusts

While all existing property tax rules still apply, there is a new ‘Bright Line’ test which will impose an income tax on any gain from residential land purchased and sold (or otherwise disposed of) within two years unless an exception applies.

Making A Will

Brent Selwyn shares a brand a new video on "7 Things You Need To Know About Making A Will". If you are thinking about getting a Will then watch this video first.

The Role of Your Lawyer in a Property Transaction

In this article we take a short look at what your lawyer does in the background to assist you in completing that all-important sale, purchase or refinance. The role of a lawyer in conveyancing matters is largely misunderstood by the public and it is

Buying a Business - 7 Things You Need To Know

Are you looking at buying a business or franchise? Brent Selwyn from Kannangara Thomson shares 7 key points to consider when buying a business.

1. Stock Adjustments Clauses
2. Staff
3. Restraint of Trade
4. Tangible Assets vs Non Tangible Asset

Client case study of the month

If your home is likely to be a rebuild and you have yet to settle your earthquake insurance claims the decision of the Supreme Court in Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited v Avonside Holdings Limited may be good news for you.

Why Should I Pay for a LIM?

Why should you pay for a LIM, if one has already been provided?

The Spirit of Aegis - presented to Stephen Kannangara

On August 21st, founding partner Stephen Kannangara was presented with the prestigious Spirit of Aegis award...

What are Form and Content Clauses?

Do you know how the Form and Content clause can affect your contract when buying or selling?

Why Do I Need a Building Report?

What does a building report cover?

Are You Aware of the Property Tax Law?

Did you know every party in a sale and purchase agreement needs to sign a tax statement?

Final Inspections... Do You Know Your Rights?

What rights do you have when it comes to a final inspection before taking possession of a home?

New employment standards under health and safety act

You may have seen a lot of media coverage lately around the new Health and Safety act that came into force April 1st, with media headlines such as "School bans tree-climbing as new safety act looms" and "Law casts doubt on playground fun".

When Do I Get The Keys?!

So you've bought a house... how do you know when settlement will be final, and you can get your hands on those new keys?

Meet Stephen Kannangara

Stephen Kannangara is one of our partners here at KT Law, read on to find more about him and his interesting history - plus learn what his favourite thing about KT Law is...


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Our Christchurch Legal Team

Find out more about our Christchurch legal team. Kannangara Thomson provide up-to-date legal advice on everything from family law and wills to corporate and commercial law.