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Commercial Law

Saunders & Co acts for commercial clients across the board, from small owner-operator businesses, through to the small to medium enterprise sector and right through to large corporate firms with multi-million dollar operations. No matter the size, we tailor our advice to suit.

We ensure our clients have the systems and processes in place to manage risk and handle their day-to-day contracts with ease.

Expert advice is key during business formation to ensure ownership and company structures are correct. We also help clients to comply with Employment Law and ensure their valuable Intellectual Property is secured.

Shareholder agreements, partnership arrangements and the development of standard terms of trade are other areas of expertise. We can also assist with family estate planning considerations when these matters intersect with a new or existing business operation.

General matters such as business and property sale and purchase agreements, leasing, financing, contract administration, health and safety compliance, and succession planning are also carried out by our multi-faceted team, which can also advise on governance and board structure, mergers and acquisitions, and growth strategies.

Our commercial services include:

Examples of our recent work

  • Due diligence advice on a $30 million+ retail development project
  • Independent contractor agreements and terms of trade drafted for an irrigation business
  • Share purchase for a $3 million hospitality venture, including advice on shareholders agreements, family trust formation, drafting of the contract to buy/sell shares, financing with cross guarantees between companies, deeds of priorities, assignment of deeds of leases
  • Representation for a rural sub-division developer, involving extensive negotiations for numerous conditions and easements with neighbouring parties and other interested third parties.
  • Sale of a small hospitality business
  • Major retail chain expansion – lease review and negotiations, franchising agreements, advertising and sponsorship contracts

Get further advice from

  • Andrew Potter
    Andrew Potter
  • Ben Frampton
    Ben Frampton
  • Ben Leggat
    Ben Leggat
  • Cran Bull MNZM
    Cran Bull MNZM
  • David Lang
    David Lang
  • Jen Bensley
    Jen Bensley
  • Jeremy Bull
    Jeremy Bull
  • Liam Glubb
    Liam Glubb
  • Meg Gregson
    Meg Gregson
  • Michael Kirkland
    Michael Kirkland
  • Nathaniel Heslop
    Nathaniel Heslop
  • Nicky McCormick
    Senior Legal Executive
    Nicky McCormick
  • Nicola Coombes
    Nicola Coombes
  • Paul Coghlan
    Paul Coghlan
  • Peter Wood
    Peter Wood
  • Rose Glue
    Rose Glue
  • Tania Hutchinson
    Senior Associate
    Tania Hutchinson
  • Toby Giles
    Toby Giles



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Hornby: 5 Goulding Avenue, Christchurch, NZ

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