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26/07/2018
Smith-and-Partners-Square-Logo.jpg Internet scammers and hackers are getting more and more sophisticated, and harder and harder for even the most technology savvy to identify.
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18/07/2018
Carmen-Franichthumb.jpg The KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal Scheme helps first home buyers purchase their first property – but how does it work and who is eligible? Carmen Franich and Fiona Taylor explain everything you need to know about KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawals – Who is eligible, what the restrictions are and how...
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21/06/2018
If so, there are some important changes to our procedures that you need to know about.From 1 July 2018, Smith and Partners’ trustee companies will be subject to the rules and procedures in the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML Act”).The purpose of the AML Act is primarily to prevent proceeds of crime being laundered through lawyer’s trust accounts.In order to prevent this, the New Zealand Government now imposes a number of new obligations on all trustee companies.To ensure we are compliant with our new AML obligations, and to discharge our obligations as trustee, we will no longer be able to sign documentation as your trustee without you making an appointment.At your scheduled appointment time, we will sit down with you to discuss your trust’s circumstances and to fully understand the nature and purpose of the documentation that needs to be signed, before we can sign the same.If Smith and Partners is not currently undertaking any other work for you, then we will need to open a file.
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13/06/2018
From 1 July 2018, lawyers are subject to the rules and procedures in the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML Act”). 
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19/04/2018
Are you a lawyer and interested in joining the Smith and Partners team as part of our Flexi-Work programme?
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