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.
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.
- 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
I am a consultant who joined Saunders & Co in 2013 from Franklin Law in Pukekohe. There I was a Senior Solicitor practising as a civil and family court lawyer and head of the estates administration team.
Based at our Hornby office, I have 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. I also have significant experience in rural legal matters, in particular, the dairying and chicken farming industries.
With a relaxed, friendly approach, I relate to a wide range of people, and am able to help individuals to solve any legal issues they may face. Relationship property makes up around half of my practice. I am known for being calm and pragmatic as I help clients navigate what can be emotionally-charged situations.
I am well organised, like to keep a tidy office, and enjoy using technology to communicate with my clients.
I specialise in the following areas:
What My 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
I have more than 30 years’ experience in general practice and joined Saunders & Co upon the merger of Wood Marshall in November 2002. My 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 my work. I also have expertise in smaller subdivisions and rural transactions, such as boundary adjustments for landowners selling off small parts of their properties.
I also act for numerous companies on a range of commercial matters such as the sale, purchase or lease of commercial buildings, and business sales and acquisitions. I provide sound guidance and advice for new business owners, ensuring the correct structure, documentation and financing are in place at the start.
I am also highly experienced in trust work, wills and estates. Clients appreciate my approachable manner and counsel when completing their transactions.
I specialise in the following areas: