Retirement from Partnership

From 30 November 2017, Mark von Dadelszen ceased to be a Partner of the firm and became a Consultant.  Mark became a Partner on 1 April 1972, joining his father John, his brother Paul, and Ralph Bannister.  As a Consultant Mark will continue to focus on his specialist areas of work with societies and charities, and will generally not take on new work in other areas of legal practice.  He will usually be in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays unless he has engagements out of the office.  He remains committed to the firm, but is looking forward to have more time to pursue other interests....

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 Jodi Lett and Simon Wilton and the rest of our Property, Commercial and Personal Services Team remain available to provide services to the firm’s clients who have previously dealt with Alan, and we are currently seeking to add qualified lawyers to that Team. Partner Mark von Dadelszen in the Civil Litigation team and lawyers Martin Wall & Jess MacLellan in the Family team are also available. If you would like to make a time for either Jodi or Simon to introduce themselves to you, please call Joan Wootton to make an appointment.  Of course there would not be any charge for that...

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 welcomed to Round Pond Garden to view and purchase works from Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand artists with $151,000 donated to Cranford Hospice. To find out more information about this great event, check out their website Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition....
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 – What it Means for Businesses

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 – What it Means for Businesses

Don’t overreact or panic! The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety responded to questions in Parliament on 30 March 2016 as follows: Dr JIAN YANG (National) to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What reports has he received on reactions to the upcoming health and safety legislation changes? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE (Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety): The new health and safety law coming into force next Monday emphasises that everyone in the workplace is responsible for health and safety, because all workers deserve to go home safely every day. Unfortunately, I have received reports that kids should be banned from climbing trees at school because of this new law. This is patently ludicrous and incorrect. All playground and outdoor education activities possible today will still be possible next week—nothing changes. It is disappointing to see that that sort of fearmongering is being generated about the changes. Dr Jian Yang: Should sports clubs and volunteer organisations be worried about the upcoming changes? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE: In a word, no. Another myth being perpetuated is that sports clubs, voluntary associations, and the like will be wrapped in red tape, resulting in people withdrawing from volunteering or from holding sports events. Again, this is nonsense. The Act adopts exactly the same legal framework that exists in the current law. The Government was clear that the current framework for voluntary associations and sports clubs was managing risk adequately, and transferred it into the new regime. Business should be alert to the new law when it comes into effect, but there is no need for the overreaction on things like tree climbing....
Retirement from Partnership

Retirement from Partnership

The partners of Bannister & von Dadelszen, Mark von Dadelszen, Jodi-Elizabeth Lett and Simon Wilton, announce that Peter Headifen retired from our firm on 30 November.  The firm’s partners, staff and clients will miss his wisdom, good humour, and commitment to his clients, but wish him and his wife well in his retirement. Peter was for many years a senior Hawke’s Bay family lawyer, and we are pleased to announce that the firm’s longstanding commitment to family law will continue, with experienced family lawyer Martin Wall having joined us, at the beginning of November, to lead the Family...
Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition

Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition

BvonD is again supporting the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition which is run in conjunction with the Hospice Holly Trail, Wednesday 5 November – Sunday 9 November 2014.  Organised by Julie Russell, a BvonD client, in 2008, 2010 and 2012 around 10,000 visitors have been welcomed to Round Pond Garden to view and purchase works from Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand artists with $101,000 donated to Cranford Hospice as a result of these exhibitions – a great cause and a hugely successful event! BvonD is proud to support this event again and encourages you to visit their website to check out the finer details for what is planned for this...