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Madison Hardy is a boutique law firm that specialises in serving the needs of small to medium businesses, and their owners, directors and personnel.

The firm was formed in 1998 by Geoff Hardy after 20 years as a commercial lawyer in a number of large New Zealand and Australian law firms. Geoff’s academic qualifications and his background as a former partner in New Zealand national law firm Simpson Grierson, means that we can confidently handle any commercial law matter, no matter how complex.

Our primary focus is on company, commercial and business law, but we also cater to the government and local government sector, non-profit organisations, and private individuals. We aim to be the “one stop shop” that takes care of all the legal needs of our clients. In situations where our clients require specialist expertise that is outside of our skill range, we can take the guesswork out of selecting the appropriate advisers for you, and we monitor their performance for you if required.

Our clients forge long-term relationships with us, and we strive not only to be their advisers, problem-solvers and trouble-shooters, but also their mentors. Our emphasis is on quality and thoroughness, and we are particularly good at restoring order out of chaos. Our greatest asset is the judgment Geoff has gained from his three decades of experience - we invariably know what the answer is, and what your chances of success are.

Finally, because we are a small firm with relatively low overheads, we enjoy two competitive advantages – you will always be able to deal directly with the lawyer of your choice, and our charges will invariably be lower than those of other lawyers offering comparable services.

Blog Entries

04 April 2016
The new Health & Safety law is no April fool’s joke

The new Health & Safety law is no April fool’s joke

 Another firm was fined $43,000, and ordered to pay reparation of $40,000, to a young worker who was carrying out work on a casual basis, after a bucket attachment came loose and injured him.

A quarry operator, was also fined $36,000, and ordered to pay $21,118 in reparation and costs, after one of its employees fell from an elevated work platform on a hammer mill machine.

31 March 2016
Do Producer Statements Let Councils off the Hook

Do Producer Statements Let Councils off the Hook

The starting point is that Councils in New Zealand owe a duty of care to current and future owners of residential properties, when issuing consents, carrying out inspections, and issuing code compliance certificates. 
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Publications

Why the New Certified Builders Guarantee is a no-brainer

Americans use the expression “no-brainer” when something is so blindingly obvious that you don’t even have to think about it. This newsletter explains why it is a no-brainer that you should take out one of the new guarantees that are now available.

  • 31 March 2016
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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Why the New Certified Builders Guarantee is a no-brainer
Apart from help with building contracts, there are two main reasons why builders come to us for legal assistance. One is to recover some money from a client in a dispute situation. The other is to defend an allegation that the builder has done defective work. 

Busting Some Myths about Records of Work

Remember what a “record of work” is? It is something that a licensed building practitioner must hand over to his client and the local territorial authority, when he completes “restricted building work” on a house or a small-to-medium apartment building.

  • 31 March 2016
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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Busting Some Myths about Records of Work
There is some confusion about what it is actually called, as many people refer to it as a “memorandum”. The Building Act 2004 (sections 88 and 317(1)(da)(ii)) refers to it only as a “record of work”, but the Building (Forms) Regulations 2004 call it a “Memorandum from licensed building practitioner (record of building work)”. They are the same thing.
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Expertise

Our primary focus is on company, commercial and business law, but we also cater to the government and local government sector, non-profit organisations, and private individuals.

We are constantly expanding our areas of expertise, so if the skills you need are not featured in the list above, contact us. You may find that one or more of us has recently acquired some knowledge in the relevant field, or alternatively you may decide that the most cost-effective option is for us to acquire that knowledge rather than refer you away to another specialist. We never compromise on quality, and given our academic leanings, it does not take us long to master any given subject.

Consistent with our aim to be the “one stop shop” that takes care of all the legal needs of our clients, we have a policy of continuous development and expansion of our knowledge and expertise. We make it our business to know about every area of law and every legal development that might be of relevance to our clients.

Geoff has published two textbooks on OSH law, and has had articles on legal topics published in over 150 editions of magazines and trade journals. He has been a member of the Auckland District Law Society’s Continuing Legal Education Committee continuously since 1999. As the principal commercial lawyer on that Committee throughout that time, he has taken an active role in planning, chairing and/or presenting educational seminars with a commercial focus, to other lawyers.

These are our main areas of expertise:

  • Commercial contracts and agreements
  • Sales & purchases of businesses, mergers & acquisitions
  • Structuring of businesses & business strategy
  • Commercial dispute-resolution, arbitration, mediation
  • Company law, shareholders’ & directors’ rights & duties
  • Construction contracts & disputes, leaky homes
  • Commercial property & real estate
  • Technology & intellectual property
  • Partnerships & joint ventures
  • Banking, finance & securities law, debt recovery
  • Bankruptcy, liquidation, receivership & insolvency
  • Trade & consumer law, competition law
  • Agencies, distributorships, franchises & licences
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Resource management & environmental law
  • Employment law, occupational health & safety
  • Non-profit organisations & charities
  • Financial planning & trusts

Personnel

Geoff Hardy
Geoff Hardy
Simona Krsteva
Simona Krsteva
Meika McHardy
Meika McHardy
Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson
Sue Hardy
Sue Hardy
 

Contact Us

Physical Address

6th Floor

Wherescape Towers
Corner Wyndham and Albert Streets
Auckland

Telephone: +64 (9) 970 9569
Facsimile: +64 (9) 379 0504

Auckland Postal Address

P O Box 630

Shortland Street
Auckland

Madison Hardy Building

Email Us

Geoff Hardy: geoff@martellimckegg.co.nz
Meika McHardy: meika@martellimckegg.co.nz
Sue Hardy: sue@madisonhardy.com

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 08:30 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

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