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Margaret (Marg) Hickton-Burnett leaves us on 20 March 2020. We at Barter Law wish her well and thank her for her 16 years of loyal service.
On a separate note, whilst it is business as usual it is in reality, due to the times (COVID-19) anything but normal. We at Barter Law are able to operate remotely and all staff are available during Covid-19 Alert Level 4 period.
Our staff can be contacted on their phone number listed below. If you need a ‘face-to-face’ meeting please contact the staff member by phone and arrange a video meeting via Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
At this point our office will remain open and staffed however we encourage contact by using (video) functionality such as Skype or FaceTime.
Please feel free to phone staff to organise a video call with them as needed.
We are here to support you and yours and continue to cover the full spectrum of legal services.
The Barter Law team combines a wide range of legal expertise, a depth of knowledge and an ability to think outside the square enabling it to achieve the best results for its clients.
We are a full service legal practice that concentrates on the areas of legal practice in which it has an edge.
You need a lawyer because at Barter Law we can provide objective advice and represent you in private dispute, or against the State. The knowledge and experience that a lawyer can bring is invaluable and the benefits of having a lawyer should never be under estimated. Lawyer play an important role in ensuring justice is met and your interests are protected as far as possible.
At Barter Law, the majority of our clients are private clients that pay our fees at an agreed rate. However, we also provide legal services in the areas of civil, family and criminal law through the New Zealand Legal Aid system. Call us to either discuss our rates or the possibility of us representing you through Legal Aid.
At Barter Law we pride ourselves on achieving excellent results for our clients. Some situations may be unwinnable and the best course of action is risk mitigation. However, if you have a strong case and your prospects of success are good, then Barter Law will work with you to ensure you achieve a successful result.
The parties agree that settlement is hereby deferred to the 10th working day after the Government reduces the Covid-19 Level to Level 2 or below, or to such other date as may be mutually agreed. For the sake of clarity neither party shall have any claim against the other in relation to this deferral.
COVID-19 Level 4 will in almost every case be a “force majeure” event.
The purpose of Force majeure clauses is to provide protection where performance under a contract is affected.
Most “Force majeure” clauses identify an epidemic or pandemic as such an event. If the particular clause (in the contract under examination) does not identify this then it may still be a Force majeure event by reason COVID-19 was and is –
Whilst COVID-19 was unforeseeable it could be argued it became a foreseeability event from the time of its outbreak (in New Zealand).
It follows that if you enter into a contract now that Level 4 COVID applies that it is a foreseeable event. If the contract was made before COVID-19 then the position is relatively clear, namely –