Saunders & Co acts for a diverse array of clients operating within the hospitality sector, such as owners of bars, restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues, investors, landlords, suppliers and food and beverage producers.
Our commercial team provides wide ranging legal advice, regularly advising our hospitality industry clients on:
- Negotiating the sale and purchase of businesses, mergers and acquisitions.
- Undertaking due diligence relating to these transactions.
- Structuring and negotiating investments and joint ventures.
- Structuring and executing franchising, licensing, trade and supply arrangements.
- Assisting with marketing and promotional activities that our clients undertake, including sponsorships, advertising, special events and pricing tactics.
- Compliance with consumer protection law.
- Liquor licensing applications and associated issues.
- Employment law and health and safety regulations.
- Expert intellectual property advice, such as trademark and copyright protection and enforcement.
- Specialist immigration advice for both workers and employers.
- Financing and security arrangements.
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I lead the immigration team at Saunders & Co, providing businesses and individuals with a full range of immigration services.
After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury, I started my career in the Immigration field in early 2010, working as a warranted immigration officer in the Skilled Migrant residence team at Immigration New Zealand. While working for INZ, I gained experience in various other visa categories, including all categories of work visa, family visas and Approval in Principle applications.
In 2012 I moved to the private legal sector where I began representing clients in their varied immigration needs as well as for other private and commercial legal needs.
Deciding my passion remained with Immigration, I moved to a dedicated Immigration firm, during which time I chose to complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Immigration Advice, graduating first in my class.
I joined Saunders & Co in 2015, where my team and I assist migrants in structuring their immigration pathway from the outset, ensuring as efficient and smooth a relocation as possible.
In addition to managing the application process for investment, business, student, work, visitor, family, and residence visas, I also advise on more complex immigration matters such as deportation liability, criminal offending, ministerial requests and advocating for individuals within the Immigration Protection Tribunal and the Courts.
Advising businesses and corporations regarding their obligations, requirements and options for maintaining a migrant workforce is also a core part of my goal to facilitate the successful immigration of skilled workers to New Zealand.
I specialise in the following areas:
What My Clients say
“The expertise, professionalism, understanding and results provided by Jen Bensley of Saunders & Co have been absolutely outstanding. I contacted Jen outside office hours on a public holiday as I was having many issues with my residency application and was not getting the assistance /knowledge needed by my current immigration lawyer at the time. To my surprise Jen replied straightaway offering her willingness to assist my situation even though it was a public holiday. My residency application had many issues and Jen was able to overcome them all in a very short time and always kept me updated with every step. Thanks to Jen my residency application was successful and I can now plan my future in NZ. I will definitely be using Saunders in the future, if needed, as well as recommending their excellent services.”
“Jen, thank you so much for all your help with my residence visa. You made me feel confident and took away my worries, also helped explain each stage of the process. The personal touch is a lot nicer than feeling you’re talking to a machine. Thank you for putting up with all my questions and always being so good to reply straightaway. I appreciate all your help and would fully recommend you. Thank you once again”
“Saunders & Co has a great reputation for being an excellent team of lawyers. They are highly professional persons, able to deliver the best results in a timely manner. Jen Bensley was my immigration lawyer and she was able to resolve an issue that occurred. Undoubtedly, Jen’s knowledge on immigration policies is outstanding.”
“When my partner and I were looking to purchase our first home together, a friend suggested we get in touch with Jen Bensley and we are certainly glad that we did. Jen was friendly, efficient and thorough. She made buying our first home, a potentially stressful time, stress free and easy. We couldn’t be happier with how everything went and we will be sure to use Jen again in the future.”
“Jen Bensley was my immigration lawyer. Thanks to her I am in New Zealand with my family. We had a difficult time trying to get a visa to be with my husband for a while without success. Once, Jen took over our case it was a success. Thanks Jen.”
“Jennifer Bensley, who helped my family with visas, was very easy to work with, had great knowledge about the immigration policy and was very easy to get in contact with. She was very professional from start to finish.”
I am an 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