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Assistant: Karen Anderson
Paul leads a property and commercial team and has been a partner since 2011.
He provides commercial and property advice to one of New Zealand’s largest home building companies, in addition he acts for clients with a diverse range of business interests including construction, commercial property and the hospitality and fitness industries.
Paul prides himself on delivering personalised service to each of his clients, and enjoys the opportunity to work with a variety of people.
His young family is a major focus outside work, alongside sport, going to the gym and travel. Paul regularly visits the West Coast, and he and his Scottish wife enjoy visiting Scotland every couple of years with their three children.
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Assistant: Jennifer Whitbread
Peter is a consultant who joined Saunders & Co in 2013, from Franklin Law in Pukekohe where he was a Senior Solicitor practising as a civil and family court lawyer and head of the estates administration team.
Based at our Hornby office, Peter has an extensive general practice with an emphasis on estate administration and litigation, relationship property agreements and litigation, wills, enduring powers of attorney, and residential property conveyancing. He also has significant experience in rural legal matters, in particular, the dairying and chicken farming industries.
With a relaxed, friendly approach, Peter relates to a wide range of people, and is able to help individuals to solve any legal issues they may face. Relationship property makes up around half of Peter’s practice. He is known for being calm and pragmatic as he helps clients navigate what can be emotionally-charged situations.
Peter is well organised, likes to keep a tidy office, and enjoys using technology to communicate with his clients.
Outside of the office, Peter likes to keep up with world affairs, and each day reads international newspapers and journals on the bus to and from work. He also enjoys spending time with his German Shepherd dog, spending time tramping in the great outdoors, has held management and administration roles in football (both at club and regional level), and regularly writes poetry.
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What Peter’s clients say
“I am so pleased that I chose Saunders & Co for all my legal requirements. I have found that they are very professional and a pleasure to deal with.”
“The team that assisted me during my relationship split, proved to be professional and went above and beyond to assist me. They made the process as simple as they possible could, they also showed empathy during a very stressful time.”
We would just like to thank you for all your assistance in the whole process of buying our first home. It was not smooth but with your help it was made easy. We’d be very happy to recommend you to family and friends in the future. We will be in touch if we need your service again.”
Dennis Demanawa and Marie Bulaong
“We were very pleased with Peter’s help in understanding our options and are pleased to now have a local Hornby contact for legal advice in the area of commercial debt recovery. We appreciated his prompt attention to questions and advice.”
Heather Ruddle, Prestige Commercial Vehicles
“Thank you to both of you Peter and Jennifer, for the sensitive way in which you managed to navigate our issues. I acknowledge you were often placed in an uncompromising position needing to deal with our emotional frustrations and sometimes angry outbursts. With your patient guidance and understanding we have now reached an amicable outcome.”
R Naida Glavish ONZM JP, Co-Chair Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua
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Assistant: Kathryn Whinray
Nicky McCormick – Senior Legal Executive
Direct dial: +64 3 963 1452
Mobile: 021 564 259
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.
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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