Christchurch: CBD – (03) 379 7690 | Ferrymead – (03) 940 2435 | Hornby – (03) 349 5111

Retirement and Lifestyle

Our expert, empathetic team has significant experience assisting clients who are moving into a retirement home or lifestyle village. This is a major life decision that requires careful planning and sound, practical advice.

Residents in facilities run by most of the big retirement village operators have no legal ownership in the villa, apartment, or room they occupy, so it is critical clients have a good understanding of the legalities of this arrangement, particularly when it comes to occupation right agreements and disclosure documents.

It is important clients understand the level of care and services they can expect for their weekly service fee at their chosen village and how this compares to the competition.

We also help clients to understand and plan for any future changes to their care requirements. A new occupation right agreement would be required if they were to move from a villa to an apartment or into full rest home care.

In addition to providing services around retirement and lifestyle villages, Saunders & Co offers a full elder law service, including property transactions, estate planning, wills, enduring powers of attorney and family trust issues.

For most people a retirement or lifestyle village will be the last place they live, so it is important they are happy in their new environment and are confident they will be cared for with the respect and courtesy they deserve.


Get further advice from

Cran Bull MNZM


Direct dial: +64 3 963 1451
Assistant: Kathryn Whinray
Office: CBD

Cran continues to work as a Consultant at Saunders & Co after many years as a Partner of the firm.

Cran’s broad experience encompasses mainly commercial and company law, along with family and charitable trust work.

He has extensive experience dealing with a wide range of both niche and major organisations, including assisting Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu with its development and structuring; and working with a large Maori incorporation on the West Coast, which provided him with considerable experience in Maori land law. His expertise in the retirement village industry has also been highly sought after, acting for local prominent ventures Kate Sheppard Gardens and Silverstream Retirement Villages.

Building relationships with clients and taking a positive approach towards reaching their desired outcomes and solutions have given Cran a lot of satisfaction over his long career. He continues to enjoy the many and varied challenges of practising law in his role as a consultant.

Cran is well known in business and sporting circles. He is an accomplished cricketer, and during his playing days represented Canterbury at first class level for 18 years, including four years as captain. He has served as a member of the New Zealand Cricket Council and is a former chairman of the Canterbury Cricket Association, to whom he still provides legal counsel.

Family life is important to Cran, who has four children and two grandchildren. He enjoys golf, reading, and has travelled extensively, an interest he plans to continue to pursue.

Cran specialises in the following areas:

What Cran’s Clients Say

“Cran looks after all of my and my family’s personal and business legal matters. This covers the full spectrum of activities you’d expect to find including the management of our trusts and our medium sized business employing over 100 staff. He has done so for the last 20 or so years. We recently completed a significant commercial warehouse design and build in Hornby, Christchurch and Cran helped us successfully through what was a challenging process. He was unflappable even when the pressure really came on. Cran left no stone unturned and was able to call on his considerable experience to ensure we struck the best possible deal with the developer involved. Our relationship with the team at Saunders & Co has been long-standing and very successful. Cran leads from the front here by being responsive and contactable at a moment’s notice. We would have no hesitation in referring Cran and Saunders & Co as legal advisors.”
Brendan Prendergast, Managing Director MOVE Logistics, Hornby, Christchurch

“I have always found Cran Bull of Saunders & Co to be extremely reliable and able to meet all reasonable deadlines. This has meant we have avoided delays, or the need to get time extensions, in turning business opportunities into actual deals. The most recent prompt performance related to the refinancing of an expansion project. Cran’s work enabled us to receive highly favourable terms regarding interest rates, and the ability to maximize potential profitability through an early commencement date. Cran also plays an important role in our professional support team as a trusted advisor. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Cran to any colleagues looking for the right legal attributes to contribute to the success of any business.”
Richard Lye, Managing Director , Collins Mitre 10, Ashburton

Nicky McCormick

Senior Legal Executive

Direct dial: +64 3 963 1452
Mobile: 021 564 259
Office: CBD

Nicky is an experienced senior legal executive, who joined Saunders & Co in 2015.

She works alongside Toby Giles on a wide range of property and commercial matters, from conveyancing, first home purchases, refinancing, asset protection, wills, trusts and (enduring) powers of attorney to restructuring and retirement village occupation rights agreements.

Nicky is down to earth, considerate and always has the best interests of her clients at heart. She is a good listener and communicator, and spends time establishing a strong understanding of people’s positions. This helps her to tailor advice on potential risks or advantages early in the process, helping to achieve the best results. When necessary she advises clients on the protection of their position and assets into the future.

First-home buyers are an important part of Nicky’s portfolio. She enjoys helping them realise their potential through property purchase, and can often steer them in directions they may not be aware of to get the best results.

Almost all of Nicky’s work is with private clients, apart from some commercial lease matters. Although she works predominantly with Toby, other solicitors at Saunders & Co also call on her expertise from time to time.

Nicky specialises in the following area:

Peter Tatham


Direct Dial: +64 3 265 0915
Mobile 027 448 6336
Assistant: Jennifer Whitbread
Office: Hornby

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.

Peter specialises in the following areas:

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.”
Marie Hansen

“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.”
Logan Gianelly

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


CBD: 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch, NZ

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Hornby: 5 Goulding Avenue, Christchurch, NZ

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