Litigation, Societies and Charities Team

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The Team

Consultant: Mark von Dadelszen

Legal Executive: Lesley Hames

Litigation, Societies and Charities Team

The following legal services are primarily provided by our Litigation, Societies and Charities Team:

Societies and Charitable Trusts

  • Formation and amendment of constitutions
  • Incorporation of societies and trusts
  • Registration of charities with the Charities Commission
  • Constitutional problems and disputes
  • Meeting procedure
  • Independent Chairmanship of meetings

Litigation

  • Advice and representation in all fields including debt recovery, contractual disputes, societies and charities, negligence, defamation, insolvency, liquor licences, leases, nuisance, trespass, companies, partnerships, neighbours, and insurance
  • Advising and representing applicants, submitters and Councils on resource consent applications, subdivisions and development control, plans, enforcement, hearings and appeals, and as Commissioners for hearings
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediation, arbitration, negotiation

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Latest News

Types of Society

The first interview with people wanting to form a society is usually interesting, as there are issues to be discussed they have never thought of.

Winding up a society or charitable trust

It should come as no surprise that the State has an interest in the winding up of societies and charitable trusts, as noted in Hunt v Border Fancy Canary Club of NZ (Inc)…

Audits or Review of Accounts

Under section 23, Incorporated Societies Act 1908, every society must deliver annually to the Registrar a statement of the income and expenditure of the society during the society’s last financial year

They Made a Mistake

What societies and charitable trusts should do when mistakes are alleged or identified was discussed in We Made a Mistake. This article looks at the reverse side of that discussion.