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


Agriculture remains the backbone of the New Zealand economy and is an increasingly complex and fast moving sector. At Saunders & Co we pride ourselves on the expert advice and legal services we provide to producers, processors, investors and exporters.

Our rural specialists handle a range of matters from ownership structuring and property sale and purchase (in particular due diligence aspects) to succession planning and employment contracts.

Compliance is a hot topic and we can assist with understanding resource management and environment planning considerations and identifying when specialist advice may be required.

We can also advise on property syndication including shareholder agreements, along with a range of other matters such as grazing agreements, livestock sales, health and safety, and industry regulations.

Our Rural/Agribusiness services

  • Ownership structuring
  • Property sale and purchase (due diligence)
  • Succession planning
  • Employment contracts
  • Environmental and resource management compliance
  • Property syndication
  • Grazing and livestock agreements
  • Health and Safety
  • Industry regulations


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

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

Peter Wood


Direct Dial: +64 3 265 0917
Mobile: 021 0263 1494
Office: CBD

Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in general practice and joined Saunders & Co upon the merger of Wood Marshall in November 2002. His current portfolio is focused on commercial and property matters, as well as assisting clients with wills, trusts and estates.

Refinancing and property conveyancing for private clients who are selling or buying homes is a significant part of Peter’s work. He also has expertise in smaller subdivisions and rural transactions, such as boundary adjustments for landowners selling off small parts of their properties.

Peter also acts for numerous companies on a range of commercial matters such as the sale, purchase or lease of commercial buildings, and business sales and acquisitions.He provides sound guidance and advice for new business owners, ensuring the correct structure, documentation and financing are in place at the start.

Peter is also highly experienced in trust work, wills and estates. Clients appreciate his approachable manner and wise counsel when completing their transactions.

Keeping active is important to Peter, who is a keen golfer, runner and walker. He also enjoys a spot of fishing at a family bach in the Marlborough Sounds.

Peter specialises in the following areas:


CBD: 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch, NZ

Ferrymead: Unit 2, 987 Ferry Road, Christchurch, NZ

Hornby: 5 Goulding Avenue, Christchurch, NZ

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