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Construction Law

Saunders & Co has a team of highly experienced, multi-disciplinary, construction law specialists with a wealth of knowledge across all areas of the building and construction industry.

Our clients benefit from our experience gained from many years of advising on construction projects, large and small. We recognise the intricacies involved with procurement, resource consent and complex subdivision needs, and the contractual matrix involved with building in the residential commercial, and retail environments.

Saunders & Co acts for one of New Zealand’s largest home building companies, along with franchise builder companies, independent builders, contractors, property developers, surveyors, and engineers. We also provide robust advice and advocacy to construction industry participants across all aspects of dispute resolution, from the more traditional arbitration and litigation settings, through to mediation, adjudication, and review boards.

 

Saunders & Co is proud to be associated with the Canterbury Registered Master Builders.

Our construction services include:

  • Providing commercial and property advice
  • Acting for commercial property owners and developers
  • Acting for the contracting industry
  • Dealing with developers and iwi on major property developments
  • Greenfield residential, commercial and supermarket developments
  • Dispute resolution
  • Service Agreements
  • Regulatory compliance

Get further advice from

Meg Gregson

Senior Associate

Direct dial: +64-3-963 1458
Mobile: 027 412 7824
E-mail: meg.gregson@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Narelle Keenan
Office: CBD

I am a Senior Associate and member of the Property and Commercial team, and act on a broad range of matters.

My specialist areas include construction and all aspects of residential subdivision and property related transactions. I also provide advice on the sale and purchase of businesses, leasing, finance and general company matters.

I work closely with Saunders & Co partner, Paul Coghlan, on the portfolio of one of New Zealand’s largest residential and commercial building and development groups, which provides the bulk of my  work including due diligence and land purchase transactions, subdivision work, construction law, contract advice, and the sale of house and land packages.

I enjoy being regarded as part of the ‘in-house’ legal team for the group, an approach I extend to my other clients, which include smaller building companies, building product distributors, and owners of popular hospitality venues. I like to take the time to get to know their businesses, how they tick and what they are trying to achieve as this enables me to deliver tailored solutions, with clients fully engaged throughout the process.

Delivering effective, pragmatic solutions is my key focus.  I am results-driven and take a genuine interest in working through my clients’ issues or problems.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“In 2016 I decided to build a house in partnership with a friend and it was recommended to us that we use Meg Gregson to sort out the legal details.

It probably wasn’t the easiest case to deal with due to both having a 50/50 share in the property, and both of us had never done anything like this before. But Meg was extremely helpful, answered lots of stupid questions and gave great service.

In the meantime I put my partner onto Meg when she was looking to buy a property. Due to the nature of the property we needed some due diligence completed within a couple of days, and Meg also came through for us.

After a year my friend decided to sell his portion of the new house to my partner, which meant coming back to Meg to sort out all of the paper work. During this process we have been extremely frustrated with the banks and the level of service they have given us, but once again Meg has been a pleasure to deal with. Nothing is ever a problem and she always returns calls and emails. Even our personal banker commented on how easy Meg was to deal with and how quickly she got things done.

Meg is a great asset to Saunders and Co. It has been great dealing with her and we look forward to dealing with her in the future when we sell and purchase more property.
Shaun and Kahl

Paul Coghlan

Partner

Direct Dial: +64 3 963 1465
E-mail: paul.coghlan@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Karen Anderson
Office: CBD

I lead a property and commercial team and have been a partner since 2011.

I provide commercial and property advice to one of New Zealand’s largest home building companies. In addition, I act for clients with a diverse range of business interests including construction, commercial property and the hospitality and fitness industries.

I pride myself on delivering personalised service to each of my clients, and enjoy the opportunity to work with a variety of people.

I specialise in the following areas:

Tania Hutchinson

Senior Associate

Direct dial: +64 3 966 7706
Mobile: 022 628 1302
E-mail: tania.hutchinson@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I was admitted to the bar in early 2010 and joined the Civil Team at Saunders & Co as a Senior Associate in April 2017.  As a litigation specialist my focus  is on construction and insurance law, civil matters, debt recovery, and the resolution of general commercial disputes.

Providing comprehensive advice to clients in the construction industry around their obligations under building and construction law and legislation is my specialist focus.  I regularly assist clients with matters such as contractual breaches, defective building work and materials claims, as well as pursuing claims under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and other legislation.

I am also highly experienced when it comes to providing advocacy, negotiation, and settlement of disputed residential and commercial insurance claims in Christchurch’s post-earthquake environment.

My clients appreciate my practical approach and ability to give frank, straightforward guidance. As well as helping clients to work through disputes, I like to provide them with a working knowledge of the tools available to help avoid similar disputes in the future.

I am a member of the Society of Construction Law New Zealand Inc., Canterbury Women’s Legal Association (CWLA), and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“Thank you Tania for all your support on my claims this year. You have been so lovely to deal with. I really appreciate that you always returned my phone calls promptly, you thoroughly explained everything to me as we worked through the processes and of course achieved a great outcome. Your integrity and professionalism are greatly appreciated.”
Rebecca Fraher

 

“I have been working with Tania Hutchinson since May 2017. Tania has been assisting myself and the owners of a 12 unit mixed-use unit title property to resolve their earthquake insurance claim. Tania has been tremendously helpful in guiding us to reach a long awaited satisfactory settlement and ensured that the owners received their full entitlements under the policy that was applicable. She is continuing to assist the owners by providing advice in regards to the path forward post settlement as there are a number of options now available to the owners.

I have been fortunate to be able to introduce Tania to another of my clients recently. Tania is working with this residential body corporate with the aim to get their claim settled as soon as possible and give the owners the opportunity to move forward.

Tania is pragmatic, knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with. I would be more than happy to recommend her and to work with her again.”
Stephanie Byrne

 

“We first met Tania in early 2017 regarding a payment dispute we were having with another contractor. Tania was nothing less than amazing giving us understandable advice and providing resolutions for our situation. She quickly got to the bottom of our case and spent about 3 to 4 months helping achieve the best outcome. As a young business owner I could not have asked for anything more from Tania as she took our concerns on board and gave us every reassurance that we were doing the right thing. I would most definitely seek help from Tania again if any issues arise in the future.”
Harley and Renee Haywood, Utilities Infrastructure NZ Ltd

Toby Giles

Partner

Direct dial: +64 3 963 1466
Mobile: 021 441 255
E-mail: toby.giles@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Kathryn Whinray
Office: CBD

Nicky McCormick – Senior Legal Executive
Direct dial: +64 3 963 1452
Mobile: 021 564 259
E-mail: nicky.mccormick@saunders.co.nz

I am an experienced Partner who joined Saunders & Co in 2003 and operate across the Commercial and Property teams.

My wide range of experience includes:

  • Significant exposure to the contracting industry, acting for major Canterbury civil contractors, quarries, demolition contractors, and transport and logistics companies.
  • Experience within the insurance industry with local brokerage companies, particularly merger and acquisition-based transactions.
  • Extensive property development background dealing with local iwi development, major developments in Christchurch, Queenstown, and Amberley, with greenfield residential, commercial, and supermarket developments.
  • Mergers and acquisitions (both national and international), share and asset sales, tenders and RFP processes, as well as prior experience within the Telco and ISP industries.

I advise across the business and commercial spectrum in all fields and am ably supported by Senior Legal Executive, Nicky McCormick. My style is to be as pragmatic and commercial as possible in all dealings and to work with a client to achieve their goals in a transaction

I hold a governance role with the Christchurch Rugby Football Club and I’m a delegate to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU), a role that has exposed me to significant disciplinary and judicial representation experience. I have also held governance roles with a major Canterbury based Telco firm and a national consulting engineering company.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“Toby Giles has looked after me and Dormer Construction’s legal matters for several years. Toby is tremendous to deal with. He goes to great effort to ensure he understands the issues affecting our business. I know he always has our best interests at heart.

Another attribute I value is his promptness in dealing with urgent matters. I recall one particular time when an unforeseen matter arose and Toby put his dedication and focus to work instantly. The situation was settled within a very short time. Problem solved.

I have no hesitation in recommending Toby to other friends and colleagues.”
Peter Dormer, Director, Dormer Construction Ltd

 

“Toby Giles of Saunders and Co has been looking after the legal affairs of Amicus Group for a number of years. We have had a number of issues regarding changes in constitution, changes in ownership and other general legal questions that Toby has helped us with. We have also used Toby to check loan documentation and finance agreements that we use, and his advice in those areas has been top notch. Toby handles things with great efficiency, especially in responding to e-mails and phone calls.

We are happy to refer Toby to other colleagues as a trusted legal professional.”
David Gyde, Adviser/Director, Amicus Group Ltd

Locations:

CBD: 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch, NZ

Ferrymead: Unit 2, 987 Ferry Road, Christchurch, NZ

Hornby: 5 Goulding Avenue, Christchurch, NZ

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