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Criminal Law and Traffic Offences

If faced with criminal charges, we have experienced and highly successful criminal lawyers at Saunders & Co to help you navigate or defend the charges.

Our criminal lawyers deal with all stages of the criminal process including entering pleas, conducting trials, and sentencing matters. We also regularly make related applications including limited licenses (work licence), applications for discharge without conviction, applications for name suppression, and applications for bail.

Please note that we are not a registered legal aid provider.

External links to further information

New Zealand Law Society publications:

Our criminal lawyers regularly advise on criminal charges relating to:

  • Traffic and driving offences
  • Drug offences
  • Assaults
  • Theft and fraud
  • Sexual offences

Examples of our recent work

  • Obtaining a discharge without conviction for a client charged with driving with excess breath alcohol.
  • Entering pleas in mitigation on sentencing for various criminal charges.

Get further advice from

Andrew Riches


Direct dial: +64-3-963 1457
Mobile: 021 982 115
Assistant: Donna Lake
Office: CBD

I am a litigation specialist who joined Saunders & Co in early 2008 and became a partner in 2015.

I undertake a wide variety of civil work in the District and High Court jurisdictions, and am also well versed in employment and criminal law. I have appeared as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal on civil and criminal appeals and appear regularly in the District and High Courts on these matters. I have acted for Financial Service Providers in the High Court on appeals against decisions of the Financial Markets Authority as well as successfully advancing negligence claims and claims against insurers.

I am known for dealing with disputes in an upfront, open manner and not sugar-coating my approach. Depending on circumstances, I will either negotiate a practical solution for my client or refer their problem to be resolved in court.

I enjoy all aspects of this process, from researching and developing an argument around a case, to court work, which gets me out of the office and challenges me to think on my feet.

I am a Member of the Law Council of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“I shall feel honoured if you would consider my remarks regarding Andrew Riches, worthy for something. No doubt, Andrew Riches is a brilliant asset for Saunders & Co. I have lived in the USA and Canada for more that 20 years and have had an opportunity to meet lawyers in Christchurch and abroad but this young man looked to me way ahead of his age, and he is outstanding when comparing him with other lawyers in this small city. His approach and intelligence, his demeanour at this age, is bewildering. I am a very international person so please do not take my remarks for granted, you will see it to be true, he will be a big name soon in this city. I wish him a good future.”
Muhammad Ashraf Christchurch

Angelique Kinsman


Direct Dial: +64 3 265 0314
Mobile: +64 021 214 6273
Office: CBD

I am a Lawyer in the Litigation team specialising in family law which includes completing Care of Children applications, family violence applications and handling relationship property matters. I am also experienced in traffic related offences including applying for work licences. My role includes providing logical and realistic advice to my clients and I approach this with empathy and transparency.

I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2017. Prior to Saunders & Co I have worked in general practice firms. I joined Saunders & Co in 2019 where I have enjoyed being part of a modern and progressive work environment with a real sense of belonging and collegiality.

The fast-pace nature of practising Family Law is what I thrive on. I enjoy interacting with clients and building a rapport so that they gain trust in me to problem-solve and achieve successful outcomes. I relish advocating in the Court room and prosper from the challenges that comes with litigation.

I am an active member of the Canterbury Lawyers’ Choir.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“It was one appointment only. The fee was open and transparent and it resulted in safety for myself and my child. I felt valued and respected and never judged.”


“Angelique my lawyer was the best in this very stressful time for me.”

Anna Kissick


Direct dial: +64-3-963 1461
Mobile: 027 464 3315
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co in 2016 and was made an Associate in 2018. I specialise in matters relating to family law and relationship property, including litigation. I also handle criminal matters such as traffic offences and limited licences.

Family law and relationship property cases often present challenging and emotional situations. I take a compassionate approach while being firmly focused on delivering a practical, workable resolution. This process may include giving useful advice and describing the process step-by-step to my clients.

My varied role encompasses contracting-out agreements, relationship property agreements and any litigation involved with these matters outside the Family Court. I also work on care of children and domestic violence cases which usually involves defending or applying for protection orders inside the Family Court.  Adoptions are another area of my expertise.

I enjoy face-to-face contact with my clients and gain a lot of satisfaction from resolving situations.  I also enjoys the litigation aspect of my work and how it challenges me.

I specialise in the following areas:

Cherry Mo


Direct dial: +64 3 265 0312
Mobile: 022 589 7224
Office: CBD

I joined the litigation team at Saunders & Co in 2017, shortly after completing a degree in Master of Laws (with honours). I now assist the team at Saunders with an array of litigation issues including matters relating to criminal and traffic law, insolvency, civil disputes and employment law.

I endeavour to preserve the human aspect in all litigation matters by listening and maintaining meaningful interactions with my clients. I take a pragmatic approach in finding practical solutions to difficult problems. The skills I developed during my Masters degree have ensured I am accomplished in researching and analysing lengthy and complex law in an efficient manner.

I have been in New Zealand since early childhood. I am able to converse in Mandarin and Cantonese and my cultural background means I can easily understand and adapt to different commercial situations or different ways of conducting business.

I am an active member of the New Zealand Chinese Association and enjoy organising social and professional networking events for the Canterbury Chinese Young Professionals group. I am also an avid volunteer at the Community Law Centre and a regular participant at the local Toastmasters Club.

I specialise in the following areas of law:

Claire McCool

Senior Associate

Direct dial: +643 265 0310
Mobile: 021 885 086
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co as an Associate in 2018.

I am an experienced advocate who takes a pragmatic approach to delivering tailored advice to my clients.

I bring extensive experience on all aspects of employment-related matters including performance and disciplinary processes; restructuring; redundancy; leave entitlements; employment agreements and policies; industrial relations and post-termination obligations.  I also advise on workplace health and safety issues from compliance to prosecutions.

My previous experience as a Crown Prosecutor gives me an added edge when providing advice to clients with respect to investigations and court hearings.

I specialise in the following areas:


Jordan Neville


Phone: +64 3 266 0083
Mobile: +64 27 215 1554
Office: Ferrymead


I joined Saunders & Co in January 2019 after having previously worked as a Summer Clerk over the 2017/2018 summer period.

Following my admission in June 2019, I am based in the Ferrymead branch where I assist the team on a diverse range of matters. I have a strong passion in the area of litigation with a focus on employment, relationship property, family, civil and criminal matters.

I previously worked at Community Law Canterbury while completing my studies in 2018, and continue to volunteer at the Centre on a regular basis. This has provided me with a practical insight into the day-to-day realities of working with clients and an appreciation for providing legal services to the wider community.

I endeavour to provide a friendly, supportive and client-tailored approach by breaking down technical and often complex situations into clear and logical terms. Finding practical solutions to complex and often distressing situations is a priority of mine, to ensure that clients are provided with the necessary clarity and certainty moving forward.

I specialise in the following areas:


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