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Our Services

SB Law are committed to providing the highest quality legal representation. Our firm covers a diverse range of specialty law areas. Our primary areas of expertise are:

  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Law
  • Conveyancing of Property
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Education Law
  • ACC Law

We can also prepare wills/family trusts and provide assistance with traffic offences, including applications for limited licences. We pride ourselves on being cost-effective, approachable and relaxed in the provision of all of our services.

SB Law is registered as a legal aid provider. We will be pleased to discuss your likely eligibility for aid and assist you in your application. You can check your eligibility by visiting the Legal Services website at www.lsa.govt.nz and using the on-line calculator.

Family Law

At SB Law, we recognise that when people need to consult a family lawyer, they are usually under a great deal of stress. The legal processes that can be involved in regards to the care and custody of children, the breakdown of long-term relationships, and the subsequent division of property can seem very complicated and only add more worry to an already highly difficult time.

Bearing this in mind, we put all of our professional experience, training and human understanding to work in helping you to find practical solutions to your legal issues in these trying circumstances. We’ll take the time to explain your case in plain English so it’s perfectly clear what is happening and what your options are. Whenever possible we’ll do our utmost to resolve matters by negotiation or mediation in order to avoid potentially distressing and costly Court proceedings.

We can assist you with legal issues around:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Child/spousal maintenance
  • Defacto relationships
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Property settlements
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Custodial arrangements
  • CYFS proceedings

Employment Law

Employment law governs all relationships between employers and employees. It is vital that both of these parties are able to:

  • Identify your legal obligations, in particular the good faith obligations of the Employment Relations Act
  • Interpret and understand the law, and;
  • Understand how the law applies at your workplace and be able to act accordingly.

We act for both employers and employees. “If you are in a hole, don’t dig further!” is sound advice for clients who are facing employment problems, where early and specialised legal advice is frequently a must.

Our employment services include:

  • Conducting disciplinary investigations in a procedurally fair manner
  • Resolution of personal grievances/disputes
  • Drafting/ negotiation of employment agreements
  • Attendance at mediation, Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court
  • An independent investigation and mediation service
  • Advice on employee performance issues and performance management dismissals
  • Employer's duties to comply with health and safety obligations
  • How to handle workplace stress or bullying issues
  • How to handle appointment/selection issues

We’ll help you find practical and lasting solutions to your workplace problems. Our preferred option is always resolution through negotiation, rather than costly litigation. However, if negotiation fails, we offer extensive experience in appearing for clients at mediation, the Employment Relations Authority, and the Employment Court.

Health and Safety


Conveyancing of Property

At SB Law, we’ll explain each stage of the conveyancing process to you by laying out the various obligations you may have and explaining decisions you may need to make. Buying a house for the first time can be a daunting prospect, so in addition to bringing our extensive experience in the area to bear in our property services, we also strive to make our support and advice friendly and relaxed.

We can guide you through the important legal steps at each stage of the house buying process, including:

  • Checking the sale and purchase agreement before you sign to make sure it covers all the necessary conditions.
  • Searching the property title. (This shows the type of ownership and any other interests that may apply.)
  • Obtaining a LIM (Land Information Memorandum). This shows local Council information - such as zoning restrictions, drainage problems, and whether permits have been obtained for all building projects.
  • Checking all conditions are met before confirming the purchase.
  • Explaining and attending to the signing of all necessary bank documents after confirmation to complete the purchase.
  • Liaising with the legal representation of the seller to find out where the keys will be on settlement day and provide undertakings for settlement.
  • Arranging payment on the settlement date and confirming release of the key. We’ll send the bank all the signed documentation and report to you with a copy of your property title showing you as owner.

Wills, Trusts and Estates

 

Education Law

We offer comprehensive first-hand knowledge and practical understanding of the NZ early childhood, school and tertiary sectors, and are expert at finding legal solutions that recognise and respect the specific contexts in which employers and employees in the education sector operate. We work closely alongside our clients and believe first and foremost in constructive solutions that are conducive to ongoing relationships, but if such a solution is not possible, we are not afraid to give effective, practical advice on litigation options.

Get in touch with us for:

  • All employment related issues
  • Governance versus management disputes
  • Policy development and review
  • Suspensions/stand-downs
  • Parental complaints
  • Independent investigations
  • Mediation and dispute resolution (at group and interpersonal levels)
  • Legal duties of boards
  • Teacher competency/discipline issues
  • Principal's performance reviews
  • Gauging staff morale

ACC