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Your information security is only as strong as your weakest link. We help you mitigate the risk of data breaches in order to best protect your assets.

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We specialise in International Contracts, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property (IP) Law, and dispute resolution.

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Copyright

Often intellectual property is the most important business asset. Like any other asset, your intellectual property portfolio requires investment in order to increase its value and protection to...

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Privacy and Data Protection

Privacy and Data Protection in the IT Industry: Your information security is only as strong as your weakest link. We help you mitigate the risk of data breaches in order to best protect your assets. ...

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German Law

If you need advice in relation to German law, we can save you the time, trouble, and expense of trying to settle your legal issues in an unfamiliar legal system. We provide advice on commercial...

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Trademark Law

Trademarks are key business assets and are an integral part of your marketing strategy. A well-managed trademark portfolio will help maintain your business's competitive advantage, attract investment...

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International Law

We advise clients from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on international business transaction, international trade law, and foreign direct investment in New Zealand. We help clients settle cross-bor...

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Technology Law

LawDownUnder helps technology-based businesses in every aspect of their revenue-generating activities. We work with stock-listed IT companies and investors....

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Publications

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are facing their first class action

Privacy protection is fundamental to a free and open society. Even Mark Zuckerberg may have gotten a whiff of what privacy is all about when he was asked by Senator Dick Durbin if he would like to disclose which hotel he stayed in last night. Zuckerberg said “hhm no” to protect his own privacy. Protecting... View Article

Latest Thinking

The fish stinks from the head

Sexual harassment allegations against the law firm Russell McVeagh serve as a reminder that as a profession, we need to take a hard look at ourselves and the work environment that we are offering to our staff. Over the last four decades, there have been more female law graduates than male law graduates. Though women... View Article

Facebook in breach of German data protection law

A German court held that Facebook has breached German data protection law. As a result, Facebook has to change its privacy settings on its facebook app for its German users. German facebook users can also no longer be forced to provide their real name.  Smartphones apps collate a vast amount of personal data ranging from user location... View Article

New laws and rules coming into effect in 2018

A number of new laws and regulations are coming into effect in 2018 across New Zealand, including higher minimum wages and longer paid parental leave. For business owners the following new laws and proposed new laws are particularly relevant: Employment law Increased minimum wage. Employers have to pay their employees at least the minimum hourly wage... View Article

Cross-border data transfers

GDPR: cross-border data transfers Cross-border data transfers are indispensable for most international businesses and organisations. Almost all businesses rely on cross-border data transfers in their day-to-day business operations (e.g. electronic payment systems, Internet-based advertising, cloud based software services and cloud storage).  In practice, this means that personal data is often transferred by the data controller... View Article

Is selling streaming devices legal?

Is selling streaming devices legal? The European Court of Justice (ECJ) had to decide whether selling Kodi streaming devices is legal.  The question at the heart of this case was whether the sale of the media players with the pre-installed apps constitutes a copyright infringement. For a copyright infringement to occur, copyright protected material must... View Article

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News & Events

German lawyers meet Elke Buedenbender in New Zealand

German lawyers meet Elke Buedenbender in New Zealand The German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited New Zealand from 5 – 7 November 2017. He was accompanied by his wife, Elke Buedenbender and a 60-member delegation. The visit was a harbinger of the soon-to-be-started negotiation on a free trade agreement between Europe and New Zealand. Frank-Walter Steinmeier... View Article

Erbrecht und Nachlassabwicklung in Neuseeland

Oct 17, 2017

Bianca Mueller and Dr. Sven Gelbke published an article in a German legal journal (“Zeitschrift für Erbrecht und Vermögensnachfolge Erbrecht”) on New Zealand’s inheritance law. The article titled “Erbrecht und Nachlassabwicklung in Neuseeland” was published on 17 October 2017. Erbrecht und Nachlassabwicklung in Neuseeland Table of Content Excerpt of table of content: Praxisforum Dr. Bastian... View Article

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Law Guides and White Papers

Intellectual Property

Are you looking to take your business overseas but aren't sure how to protect your intellectual property (IP) rights? Download your free copy of the IP white paper.

Privacy and Data Protection

Our latest white paper publications "Privacy, Data protection, and Information Security" is now available.