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Fees

Fees & Value Billing

Saunders & Co employs a value billing philosophy.  Our responsibility to you is to convey the value of our advice. Value can take many forms, including:

  • maximising a financial outcome to you;
  • speed of delivery;
  • identifying and creating opportunities;
  • avoiding and managing significant risks;
  • cost comparison to market norms; and
  • achieving a desired result

Accordingly, whilst we utilise time recording systems to identify the cost of your work, we will always have regard to value when setting our fees.  Delivering value to our clients is essential to us.

Fees Policy

Our professional fees are calculated in accordance with any estimate if one is provided, or in accordance with any other arrangement we may have with you. We take into account the guidelines set by the New Zealand Law Society, including:

  • the value or amount of any property, assets or money involved;
  • the skill, specialised knowledge and responsibility required;
  • the importance of the matter to you and the result achieved;
  • the urgency and circumstances in which the business is transacted;
  • the complexity of the issue and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved;
  • the time expended on the work;
  • the number and importance of the documents being prepared or perused;
  • the level of legal aid (if any) granted to your case.

We will charge you for any amounts billed to us by third parties (“disbursements”). These may include agent’s fees, travel expenses, legal forms, court fees payable to the Ministry of Justice, courier fees, search or registration fees payable to LINZ or the Companies Office, and Local Council fees. We may request payment of disbursements in advance.

We do not charge a generic office service charge for such items as stationery, copying and printing, postage, faxing, internet and telephone. These items are covered in our fees. We may make an additional specific charge for such items where a particular circumstance warrants this.

Please note where you have instructed us to begin work prior to legal aid being granted and legal aid is subsequently declined, our fee policy above will apply.

For a full copy of our terms and conditions, please click the link below:

Standard Terms of Engagement

"Grant and I appreciated very much how thorough Lorraine Michell was. It is not often you have documents explained to that degree. Thank you."

Bernadette Smith, Property Owner

"Through this time we have required the services of the firm for business, personal, and litigation purposes. We have never felt a moment's hesitation in remaining with the firm, and expect to continue a long and prosperous relationship with Saunders & Co. into the future."

Colin and Julie Erickson, Cube Developments Limited

"Excellent law firm to deal with. Excellent communciation and service."

Carmel Kokshoorn, Property Owner

"Thanks Hornby Law for your professional and helpful advice. Especially to Jim (Eddy) for all your work with the purchase of our house. It is nice when everything runs smoothly."

Barry and Natalie Gibb

"We have found them reliable, timely and professional. They have added value to our business by being effective and decisive. Their friendly manner whilst conducting business means that we have felt comfortable seeking their advice no matter how major or minor the query may be. We would have no hesitation in recommending Saunders & Co to family, friends and business associates."

Cymon and Angela Allfrey, Cymon Allfrey Architects Ltd

"Very prompt and efficient service. I have been very well informed and kept up to date on matters. To be recommended. Thank you."

Suzanne Henderson, Property

"The professional and friendly service provided by Jenni Hunter allowed us to buy our first home without fuss stress or delays, absolutely seamless! Amenable, and more importantly always accessible to clarify and assist, Jenni proved you can get an exclusive personal service without paying Auckland barrister prices."

James Craig, Home Buyer

"Always happy with service and professionalism at Hornby Law. Never had any reason or desire to change firms; friendly, welcoming, professional and easy to do business with."

Frans and Rose-Marie van Zoggel

"Thank you Ria and your team for the excellent work in completing the sale on such a short turnaround, that's why I always use Saunders & Co."

Ashley Patten, Property Owner

"I have worked with Saunders & Co on both a professional and personal basis for over 10 years. I have always found their service and quality of legal advice to be first rate. Attention to detail and timeliness is important to our business, and Saunders & Co have always performed in these critical areas."

Ian McNabb, Ngai Tahu Property Limited