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December Client Newsletter

Posted by on 15 December 2017 | Comments

As another year draws near to an end it's time to reflect on a busy twelve months!


We've had a year full of exciting new ventures for clients, and the start of new chapters for many of our staff.


With the summer break about to begin we'd like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas. 

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018. 

  Christmas Hours

Our office closes on Friday 22 December at 3.00pm and will fully reopen 8.30am Monday 15 January 2018.

Client Identification

From Mid 2018 Lawyers are being incorporated into the AML/CFT regime (more formally known as the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009).

Under the new regime, we will be required to positively identify clients by sighting their photo ID’s and obtaining proof of their addresses. This is all part of the “know your client” ethos, the idea being that better we know our clients, the easier it will be to detect possible money laundering or financing of terrorism scenarios. Please note that the requirement to positively identify our clients applies to all clients, including long standing clients of the firm and we are not permitted to make exceptions. We are not required to proactively go back through our client database and ask for historic information, but we will need to comply with the regime as clients instruct us on any matter in the future. Once clients have had their ID and proof of address verified, they will not need to do it again (unless they have changed their address).

In order to ensure we are compliant with the regime and our systems operating efficiently, we intend to start phasing in the new requirements for proof of ID and address from early 2018. Please do not be offended if we request this information from you.

We will provide you with further updates next year.

  New Addition - Seniors Law Team

We are delighted to announce that Harmans has recently been joined by Phillipa Shaw who is an Associate and now leads the Seniors Law Team.  She also specialises in property and private client matters.

Phillipa joined Harmans in early December having built up a loyal following of clients through working in Christchurch firms throughout her career.  Phillipa started her working life in the banking industry and completed her law degree in 2003.

Phillipa is a member of the Property Law Section and the Elder Law Special Interest Group and looks forward to continuing Harmans proud tradition of service to our clients. 

How Old is Your Will?

As difficult as it can be to consider death, it's important to take the time to plan ahead, ensuring that your estate is in order and that your wishes are clearly documented.

Over time circumstances change, relationships break down, you enter new relationships. Therefore, we highly recommend that you take the time to review your Will to ensure that it still reflects your wishes.

From Wills to Powers of Attorney, our experienced team can provide you  with expert advice on the distribution of your assets, ensuring that your family's needs are accounted for, and your financial affairs are taken care of.

Call us on (03) 352 2293.


Kind regards



The team at Harmans

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