BvonD News

Selections to a team or group to represent a society

What most commonly prompts me to write most of my articles about not-for-profits is reading about issues that have arisen (in the media or in a report of a Court case), but this present article has been prompted by personal experience. It is common for many group sporting and cultural activities to be organised by […]

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST – SHORT GUIDE

Defining the problem Conflicts of interest: Includes not just financial conflicts, and can arise in many other ways, especially through friendships and family relationships, and May arise because of a pecuniary or personal interest or because of some element of bias or predetermination in the mind of a decision-maker. Bias is a type of conflict […]

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, BIAS AND PREDETERMINATION IN SOCIETIES AND CHARITIES – RECOGNISING AND MANAGING

The issues Problems relating to conflicts of interest, bias and predetermination arise in not-for-profits, not just in local authorities, statutory boards, and commercial entities. People are usually elected or appointed to decision-making positions for either or both of the following reasons: They are believed to have expertise in the area where decisions are to be […]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Intellectual property rights are potentially extremely valuable to commercial businesses, but also to not-for-profit entities, and the potential to lose that value is great. There are also risks if a business or a not-for-profit entity fails to respect the intellectual property rights of others. Intellectual property law is complex and poorly understood. While industrial espionage […]

Changes to Bannister & von Dadelszen’s Property, Commercial and Personal Services Team

Alan Pierce has left Hawkes Bay, to support his wife Adrienne who is seeking election as an MP representing Palmerston North.  Alan’s assistant Sue Patchett has also relocated to Palmerston North. Alan joined the firm straight out of university and Sue has been with us for almost 20 years, and we will miss both of them.    Partners […]

BEFORE ENGAGING IN GOVERNANCE – A CHECKLIST

Before becoming a member of a not-for-profit board or committee, we recommend that you should do some serious homework, because being in governance is not a prize for good behaviour or beauty, but involves serious responsibilities and potential personal liabilities.  You need to have a thorough understanding of the organisation’s purposes and activities, and whether […]

Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition 2016

      BvonD is again supporting the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition which is run in association with the Hospice Holly Trail with proceeds going to Cranford Hospice in Hastings. The exhibition will run from 9 – 13 November, 2016. Over the four previous exhibitions in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, around 15,000 visitors have been […]