Our highly experienced team at Saunders & Co understands that business and law go hand in hand. We act for a wide range of fellow professionals, such as accountants, consultants and engineers, insurance brokers, surveyors, architects and more.
Working with clients from the formation of their business helps to ensure they have the correct company structure and terms of trade in place. We act on a range of other Professional Services matters for clients such as mergers and growth strategies, governance and management, buying and selling of shares, finance, conveyancing and property matters, leasing of premises, employment contracts, partnership agreements and succession planning.
The backing of a strong legal team offering high-level expertise and oversight, allows our professional clients to focus on what they do best, running a well set up, well financed, and ultimately profitable business operation.
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David joined Saunders & Co in 1984 and became a partner in 1990.
With almost 30 years’ experience advising property developers, managers and construction companies on commercial property matters, David has built strong networks and gained a high level of expertise in the commercial field.
His considerable experience and proactive approach when dealing with matters relating to large and complex subdivisions has seen him build many long-standing relationships and work with a large number of property developers and investor clients. He acts for one of the city’s largest residential and commercial developers. Financial institutions, small to medium business clients and local iwi all benefit from his advice. David also provides estate planning and personal asset management services to a large private client base.
Giving back to the law profession and the wider community is important to David. He is a former member of one of New Zealand Law Society’s Standards Committees and current chairman of Nurse Maude. As a theatre buff he is Patron and Honorary Solicitor for the Repertory Theatre Society, as well as for Christchurch Music Theatre Education Trust, Canterbury Children’s Theatre and the Malthouse Theatre Trust.
Outside work David has a broad interest in sports and the arts, and is a keen golfer.
David specialises in the following areas:
- Commercial Law
- Construction Law
- Not for Profit
- Professional Services
- Property Law
- Sports and Leisure
- Trust Law
- Wills and Estates
What David’s clients say:
As a small business operating in the New Zealand fishing scene there are many ‘fish hooks’ for the unwary. Sometimes you find yourself unintentionally swimming amongst the sharks. Then my company came under attack from overseas threats it was time to bring on board the legal expertise of David Lang. He acted quickly and decisively to save me from being caught by some nasty predators. He simply saved my business.”
Chris Ludeke, Director Arendale Ltd, Christchurch
“My wife and I enjoyed a long and happy relationship with a lawyer in a large Christchurch firm. Owing to a role change, he became unavailable to continue to act for us. We were then bundled around the firm and lost comfort and confidence in the firm’s ability to match our previous experience. I wanted a lawyer we could work effectively with at both a personal and professional level. It was especially important that my wife was comfortable in the event that something should happen to me. Matters came to a head over issues to do with the proposed development of our cross-lease property in Akaroa. We had engaged a very highly respected engineer to draw plans for retainer walls. I consulted the neighbour concerned, and his reply arrived in the post a few days later – he was very angry. To try to allay his concerns we paid for the engineer to travel to Akaroa for a meeting. Unfortunately this didn’t resolve things. So my wife and I interviewed a number of solicitors who had been referred to us. Our selection criteria came down to two main things:
1) My wife needed to feel happy to work with them.
2) What was their advice in developing our area of exclusive use in a cross-lease situation for car and boat parking, so when our family came to stay they could park their cars in a safe manner, when the neighbour was still so very angry?
In every case we were advised to sell and move on, yet the area we were trying to develop was for our exclusive use. Our luck was about to change. We were referred to David Lang at Saunders & Co, Lawyers, in Christchurch. We met with David and my wife and I instantly felt at home with him. David’s advice was yes, you can develop your area of exclusive use. From that point on, he simplified both the legal and practical issues. The bonus – the neighbour acknowledged a job well done. The legal fees were also very fair. I have no hesitation to refer other friends and colleagues to David.”
Ken Reese, Consultant Amberley, Canterbury
“I have found David Lang very thorough and very professional in all my dealings with him. I recall an occasion where, with a very difficult settlement, David’s efforts ensured a positive result that easily could have gone the other way. This was also significant in that the settlement funds were needed to fulfil other financial commitments. David is accessible on short notice which is often very important to our company.”
Ian Calderwood, Executive Chairman Jonmer Group, Auckland
“David Lang of Saunders & Co has always been approachable, professional and extremely prompt in dealing with our legal matters. His attention to detail has ensured all matters have been completed successfully, without any of the last minute surprises or issues that you often hear about. Dave’s biggest asset is his ability to ensure all goes well. He’s a bit like the captain of a ship – and I am always comfortable that things will go according to plan and best outcome when he is ‘at the helm’. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services and the friendly help of the support staff at Saunders & Co to any of my colleagues.”
Matthew Reid, Fendalton, Christchurch
Dean has recently joined Saunders. His profile will be launched shortly.
Dean specialises in the following areas:
Nicky McCormick – Senior Legal Executive
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Toby is an experienced Partner who joined Saunders & Co in 2003, and operates across the Commercial and Property teams. His 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.
Toby advises across the business and commercial spectrum in all fields, with his active property and private client practice ably supported by Senior Legal Executive Nicky McCormick. His 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
Outside of work Toby holds a governance role with the Christchurch Rugby Football Club and is a delegate to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU), a role that has exposed him to significant disciplinary and judicial representation experience. He also holds, or has held, governance roles with a major Canterbury based Telco firm, and a national consulting engineering company.
Toby is married with a young family, and is an avid sportsman, keen on cycling, golfing, skiing and boating. He has finally given away rugby.
Toby specialises in the following areas:
What Toby’s 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