LawDownUnder is a commercial law firm based in Wellington, New Zealand and Hamburg, Germany. LawDownUnder offers cutting edge legal advice that will help your business innovate and get ahead of the competition.
Our expertise goes well beyond purely technical legal matters. We strategise with you and consider the longer-term impact of a business transaction.
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...Learn More
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. ...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
LawDownUnder helps technology-based businesses in every aspect of their revenue-generating activities. We work with stock-listed IT companies and investors....Learn More
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
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
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
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
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? 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
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
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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