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History

Our Story

Saunders & Co was founded by R L Saunders who was originally a licensed land broker. Mr Saunders later became qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor and commenced practice in 1922 with a staff of two.

The practice was first housed in Hereford Court, on Hereford Street between Colombo Street and Oxford Terrace. The staff numbers grew as the practice expanded until, in the late 1920’s, Mr Saunders employed 13 staff. One particular employee, by the name and title of Baron de Montalk apparently found the hurly burly of legal practice in the colonies not to his liking. He resigned and returned to England to become, in later life, a poet of some note.

The firm was then guided through the depression years of the 1930’s by R C (Bob) Saunders, son of the founder. In due course, the number of partners grew, and by the end of the 1950’s the firm comprised three partners. During this time there was an emphasis on conveyancing, estates and involvement with large residential developments. In the mid 1970’s the firm took the decision to increase its common law and litigation expertise, an area now involving three partners and an integral part of the practice.

In the volatile years of the 1980’s the firm continued to grow and, while continuing to offer the broadest range of services, specialised in many areas with an emphasis on commercial and corporate advice, civil litigation, insurance work, insolvency and property law.

The next major step for the firm involved broadening its service access base with the introduction of suburban offices in Woolston (now Ferrymead) and Hornby.

The new millennium saw Saunders & Co emerge as a resilient and cohesive firm, embracing new information technologies and work practices such as Landonline electronic registrations, real-time banking systems, and virtual workplace. The practice has steadily grown its existing client base in conjunction with the incorporation of the Wood Marshall practice in 2002, and more recently Paul Coghlan (formerly of Coghlan Smith) in 2011.

Of course, 2010 and 2011 were most testing years for any Christchurch business to endure. We all continue to  “live through history”.

Saunders & Co and its staff have incurred their fair share of upheaval and distress, but our confidence in the future of our firm, Christchurch, and Canterbury is undiminished.

"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