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Technology

Technology is a fast growing and exciting sector, with its implementation now a key part of almost every business.

When it comes to tech start-ups there are some specific mechanisms that need to be put in place to ensure success when commercialising new ideas and software.

These include sourcing venture capital and taking on investors, protecting intellectual property, confidentiality agreements, software licensing and distribution agreements

Negotiating these matters can be a risky and complex process for the uninitiated, which is why expert advice from our specialist legal team is critical from the outset.

We also provide a range of general business legal advice to technology clients at all stages of operation, including buying and selling of businesses and property, employment matters, partnership agreements, succession planning, and risk identification.

As a firm, Saunders & Co has a strong interest in new technologies. We are investors in our own software platforms – the OneLaw practice module and Justly online wills software, so have a good understanding of how to approach an investment in technology.

One of our Partners, Toby Giles has a significant understanding of the business operations of Internet Service Providers, having held governance positions on two major Telcos.

Examples of our recent work

  • Virginia Nicols, Senior Associate, is a member of Canterbury Tech and is currently working with a high-tech manufacturer in Christchurch to obtain Callaghan funding for their new R&D project.
  • Liam Glubb recently completed a development agreement for an established local game studio to work with a smaller US company on a $1million new project.

Get further advice from

Liam Glubb

Partner

Direct dial: +64 3 966 7710
Mobile: 021 026 19110
E-mail: liam.glubb@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I am a commercial and property specialist who joined Saunders & Co in 2016 after gaining extensive experience at a major Christchurch firm.  I was made a partner of the firm in 2018.

My client base covers a wide spectrum from corporates, to smaller ‘mum and dad’ business owners, property investors and private clients. I work with clients in buying and selling property; shares and businesses; negotiating a range of commercial documents such as shareholders agreements, franchise agreements and terms of trade; leasing; and commercial and residential subdivisions. My accounting degree allows me to clearly interpret financial information and work closely with accountants, bankers, and other financial professionals. I am also a member of the Canterbury Property Investors Association.

With a strong interest and background in business and property,  I have a great understanding of my clients’ needs, and enjoy working closely with them to help achieve their goals.  I have a particular interest in providing guidance and advice for new businesses on formation, ensuring that correct structuring and documentation are in place from the beginning and helping to connect new business owners with other professionals they might need.

When it comes to client contact, I tailor my approach and advice to the needs and experience of each individual. I endeavour to be approachable and adaptable, and always have my eye on the detail.

I specialise in the following areas:

Nathaniel Heslop

Associate

Direct Dial: +643 963 1467
Mobile: 021 020 62292
E-mail: nathaniel.heslop@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Ria Smith
Office: CBD

I joined the Commercial and Property teams at Saunders & Co in 2016.

Before practising law, I held a number of positions in New Zealand-based companies and trusts. This experience provided me with sound practical insight and the ability to deliver clear, strategic advice. I am known for my empathetic and client-centred approach and enjoy helping clients to achieve their goals.

A broad range of commercial and private clients make up my portfolio. I advise on all commercial and property matters including property acquisitions and sales, leasing, shareholder agreements, commercial financing, business transactions, and other general company matters such as reviewing constitutions and drafting company documents.

As an adviser to Maori businesses and iwi entities, I have developed expertise in Maori Land law.  I am also a specialist in Trust law and Charity law, particularly when it comes to setting up charities and the governance issues associated with trustee liability.

My work for private clients includes property transactions, elder law, estate planning, wills, enduring powers of attorney, occupation right agreements and family trust issues at different ages and stages in life. With a pragmatic, objective approach, I am able to help clients navigate the complex issues that can arise when dealing with these matters.

Ensuring clients have a clear understanding of the transaction process, are reassured, and kept informed of progress throughout, are other key aspects of my approach.

I specialise in the following areas:

Toby Giles

Partner

Direct dial: +64 3 963 1466
Mobile: 021 441 255
E-mail: toby.giles@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Kathryn Whinray
Office: CBD

Nicky McCormick – Senior Legal Executive
Direct dial: +64 3 963 1452
Mobile: 021 564 259
E-mail: nicky.mccormick@saunders.co.nz

I am an experienced Partner who joined Saunders & Co in 2003 and operate across the Commercial and Property teams.

My 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.

I advise across the business and commercial spectrum in all fields and am ably supported by Senior Legal Executive, Nicky McCormick. My 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

I hold a governance role with the Christchurch Rugby Football Club and I’m a delegate to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU), a role that has exposed me to significant disciplinary and judicial representation experience. I have also held governance roles with a major Canterbury based Telco firm and a national consulting engineering company.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My 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

Virginia Nichols

Senior Associate

Direct Dial: +64 3 963 1463
Mobile: +64 27 449 8893
E-mail: virginia.nichols@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Michaela Combe
Office: CBD

As well as being a lawyer, I am a Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney, and a Registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney.  I worked for over 10 years in specialist patent attorney and IP firms before joining the team at Saunders & Co in 2015.

I advise local clients looking to protect and exploit the intangible assets in their business.  This may include all aspects of intellectual property, from simple matters, such as protecting a company name, to the complexities of protection of designs, brands, ideas, and inventions through copyright, trademarks, and patents.  If disputes arise, I work with clients to pursue commercially realistic solutions.

I also work for international clients looking to protect and maintain their IP rights in New Zealand and Australia, and with our full commercial and litigation teams, offer support in developing their business interests in New Zealand and enforcing their rights here.

Working with our commercial teams, I have experience in licensing intangible assets, and work to cover issues with intangibles that may arise during the sale and purchase of a business, or entering a franchise or distribution agreement.  I also undertake civil litigation work in the District Court and High Court, as well as IPONZ hearings.

A key aim is to provide clients with clear communication and regular updates throughout what can be a complex and unfamiliar process.

My technical background is in a BSc(Hons) in Physics and ME(Elec) from the University of Canterbury. My post-graduate work was in the Nanostructure Engineering Science and Technology (NEST) group, focussing on the fabrication and characterisation of wide band-gap semiconductors, particularly Gallium Nitride, which was one of the first materials used to make blue LEDs, and can be used to make UV detectors.  I enjoy learning how things work, and identifying and resolving issues.

 

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“Welhaus engaged Virginia Nichols of Saunders & Co to work on a case where we argued another party couldn’t monopolise a generic name for a process. From the outset, Virginia’s confidence, decisiveness and expertise in the field were evident and she quickly presented us with some good, clear options for moving forward. We appreciated her evidence-based approach, specific knowledge of the subject and willingness to dig deeper into the matter. This greatly helped our decision-making process and resulted in a speedy conclusion, achieved in just a few days. The process even proved inexpensive given Virginia’s efficiency. The experience of dealing with Virginia and Saunders & Co was refreshing and I have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”
Dan Tremewan, Welhaus

 

“I’d like to take this opportunity to personally recommend Virginia Nichols, currently a Senior Associate with the Christchurch legal firm Saunders & Co. It must be said that Virginia is a unique and special person. She is not only skilled and very capable at her craft – but better still she actually listens to the client, finds out their total requirements and then efficiently moulds their needs into a strong legal format. Importantly she is not afraid to advise her clients where she believes an aspect of their demands may be unreasonable or inappropriate, doing so with caring and a gentle yet firm approach. Virginia sees herself as a regular down to earth individual with a burn to help others and make a difference. She truly does that in spades!”
Bill Rodger 

Locations:

CBD: 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch, NZ

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

Hornby: 5 Goulding Avenue, Christchurch, NZ

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