Navigating COVID-19: updates for businesses

12 August 2020

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak represents one of the most significant global public health crises in the last 100 years.  The uncertainty and disruption caused by the pandemic has raised a number of challenges for businesses.  Buddle Findlay have looked at some of the many issues businesses are facing and have provided a resource to help you navigate some of the challenges that may lie ahead.

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Buddle Findlay is committed to doing everything possible to minimise the impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand, on our communities in general, and on our public health system.  Buddle Findlay remains fully operational and our teams are ready and available to assist you as needed.  We are closely monitoring the situation to adapt our arrangements as the situation evolves.  We are aware that many businesses are facing unprecedented challenges and we are here to support you and your organisation.  If you require any assistance or advice, please contact a member of our team.

Banking and finance

10/08/20  -  COVID-19 response: regulatory and other financial relief/extensions

17/03/20  -  Black Swan Events, COVID-19 and the Debt Markets

Competition and antitrust

11/05/20  -  Collaborating with competitors during COVID-19: is Commerce Commission authorisation required?

01/04/20  -  COVID-19: do competition and consumer laws still apply?

Corporate and commercial

22/05/20  -  Surviving the COVID-19 hangover - the SME guide to a post lockdown warrant of fitness

18/05/20  -  Life after lockdown – Ten contract trends to watch for

24/04/20  -  Capital raising in the time of COVID-19

08/04/20  -  Procurement in a pandemic – top tips for tricky issues

04/04/20  -  Proposed insolvency (and other) relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19

24/03/20  -  COVID-19 - managing commercial contracts

23/03/20  -  Deals in the time of COVID-19

19/03/20  -  COVID-19 - frustrating for contracts

17/03/20  -  What we're seeing - business response to COVID-19


27/11/20  -  Hosting safe work Christmas parties, including during COVID-19!

04/09/20  -  COVID-19 health and safety – to mask or not to mask

06/08/20  -  Authority decides first lockdown cases

30/07/20  -  Employers increasing vigilance for trade secret and restraint breaches

16/07/20  -  Positioning your workforce for post Covid success

16/07/20  -  Managing health and safety in the post Covid workplace

15/05/20  -  Wage subsidy extension for employers announced as part of the 2020 Budget

24/04/20  -  COVID-19: Life after lockdown – important information for businesses ahead of Alert Level 3

09/04/20  -  COVID-19 employment legal update for 'essential businesses' (and those wanting to be)

23/03/20  -  The good employer’s guide to working from home

19/03/20  -  Government support package and the impacts of Government directives on workplaces

18/03/20  -  COVID-19 and privacy law - what can employers ask and tell?

17/03/20  -  Coronavirus and the workplace

09/04/20  -  Unprecedented times - How good faith, reasonableness and common sense get you through

Intellectual property 

26/06/20  -  Businesses and their brands in the time of Covid and beyond

Litigation and dispute resolution

20/04/20  -  Modification orders ease restrictions on electronic signing

26/03/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: operation of the court system

Property and construction 

17/12/20  -  The construction sector: Life after COVID-19

16/04/20  -  Proposed changes to the Property Law Act 2007 – Property Law Act notices and termination of leases

25/03/20  -  COVID-19 coronavirus: working from home? Employers still have obligations to you

Public law and health

20/08/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: The High Court on the legality of the lockdown

25/06/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: New rules for new arrivals into New Zealand

09/06/20  -  The Government's COVID-19 response: Alert Level 1 – we made it!

29/05/20  -  Overseas investment changes: another facet of the COVID-19 response

14/05/20  -  The Government's COVID-19 response: A new law for Alert Level 2

28/04/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: What Alert Level 3 means for businesses and individuals

15/04/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: The isolation and quarantine rules for new arrivals

06/04/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: A further Health Act order clarifies the lockdown rules

02/04/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: Moving New Zealand to Alert Level 4 and beyond

24/03/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: the issue of an epidemic notice under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006

20/03/20  -  Responding to COVID-19: the Government's legal powers

Restructuring and insolvency

11/06/20  -  Legal update on insolvency law: COVID-19 special

11/05/20  -  COVID-19 – Recently announced insolvency law changes

03/04/20  -  High Court provides guidance on voluntary administration and creditors’ meetings under COVID-19 Alert Level 4


19/06/20  -  COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill

17/06/20  -  Submissions due on the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill

20/05/20  -  Update on COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill Cabinet paper

14/05/20  -  Cabinet paper released on COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill

05/05/20  -  COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Bill being drafted

23/04/20  -  COVID-19 Lockdown – summary of changes to RMA/LGA administration

17/04/20  -  COVID-19: economic recovery, infrastructure and the RMA


01/05/20  -  COVID-19 tax relief measures passed under urgency

16/04/20  -  COVID-19: Significant tax changes proposed