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

Trades

Trades people across all sectors are well represented by Saunders & Co’s team of highly experienced, multi-disciplinary law specialists.

We have a detailed understanding of the challenges facing trade clients whether they are a small one or two person operation or a large company with multiple divisions and high staff numbers.

Trade clients are encouraged to seek our robust advice around setting terms of trade and standard contract forms; managing cash flow, risk, guarantees and timeframes; and entering into contractor or sub-contractor arrangements.

We also offer high-level advice around pressure points identified in contracts imposed on trade clients by a main contractor. This helps to ensure our clients are well armed to manage things themselves when entering future sub-contractor arrangements.

Saunders & Co also provides trade clients with a range of general advice around matters such as business sale and purchase, scaling up, financing, employment contracts, disputes, and health and safety.

Our team has a wealth of knowledge across all aspects of the building and construction industry and is well versed in the Construction Contracts Act and Building Act.

Saunders & Co is proud to be associated with the Canterbury Registered Master Builders.

Get further advice from

Meg Gregson

Senior Associate

Direct dial: +64-3-963 1458
Mobile: 027 412 7824
E-mail: meg.gregson@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Narelle Keenan
Office: CBD

I am a Senior Associate and member of the Property and Commercial team, acting on a broad range of matters.

My specialist areas include construction and all aspects of residential subdivision and property related transactions. I also provide advice on the sale and purchase of businesses, leasing, finance and general company matters.

I work closely with Saunders & Co partner, Paul Coghlan, on the portfolio of one of New Zealand’s largest residential and commercial building and development groups, which provides the bulk of my work including due diligence and land purchase transactions, subdivision work, construction law, contract advice and the sale of house and land packages.

I enjoy being regarded as part of the ‘in-house’ legal team for the group, an approach I extend to my other clients, which include smaller building companies, building product distributors and owners of popular hospitality venues. I like to take the time to get to know their businesses, how they tick and what they are trying to achieve as this enables me to deliver tailored solutions, with clients fully engaged throughout the process.

Delivering effective, pragmatic solutions is my key focus.  I am results-driven and take a genuine interest in working through my clients’ issues or problems.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“In 2016 I decided to build a house in partnership with a friend and it was recommended to us that we use Meg Gregson to sort out the legal details.

It probably wasn’t the easiest case to deal with due to both having a 50/50 share in the property, and both of us had never done anything like this before. But Meg was extremely helpful, answered lots of stupid questions and gave great service.

In the meantime I put my partner onto Meg when she was looking to buy a property. Due to the nature of the property we needed some due diligence completed within a couple of days, and Meg also came through for us.

After a year my friend decided to sell his portion of the new house to my partner, which meant coming back to Meg to sort out all of the paper work. During this process we have been extremely frustrated with the banks and the level of service they have given us, but once again Meg has been a pleasure to deal with. Nothing is ever a problem and she always returns calls and emails. Even our personal banker commented on how easy Meg was to deal with and how quickly she got things done.

Meg is a great asset to Saunders and Co. It has been great dealing with her and we look forward to dealing with her in the future when we sell and purchase more property.
Shaun and Kahl

Paul Coghlan

Partner

Direct Dial: +64 3 963 1465
E-mail: paul.coghlan@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Karen Anderson
Office: CBD

I lead a property and commercial team and have been a partner since 2011.

I provide commercial and property advice to one of New Zealand’s largest home building companies. In addition, I act for clients with a diverse range of business interests including construction, commercial property and the hospitality and fitness industries.

I pride myself on delivering personalised service to each of my clients, and enjoy the opportunity to work with a variety of people.

I specialise in the following areas:

Sarah Bee

Partner

Direct dial: +64-3-966 7704
Mobile: 027 366 6090
E-mail: sarah.bee@saunders.co.nz
Assistant: Claudia Nell
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co in 2013 and was made a partner of the firm in 2018.

Working in general practice with smaller firms in Wellington has provided me with experience and expertise in a wide range of legal disciplines for private clients, such as family law including relationship property and property law with a special interest in trusts and estates.

I take an avid interest in my clients and tailor my approach to their needs. I am known for being pragmatic and direct, asking the right questions to get to the heart of a matter as quickly as possible. This is especially pertinent when dealing with family relationship matters, trusts or enduring powers of attorney. My aim is for an effective and expedient resolution for my clients.

Relationship property is a particular area of interest for me.  I assist with contracting-out agreements (pre-nuptial agreements) when clients wish to record their understanding about how property will be dealt with if they separate or die. These agreements are becoming increasingly prevalent as a form of relationship “insurance”, ensuring that both parties have an enforceable plan should they separate or one of them dies.  I also help clients to negotiate agreements and settlements when couples are separating and am highly experienced when it comes to property sale and purchase transactions.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“I can highly recommend Sarah Bee – she has been an absolute star to deal with, extremely professional and I really couldn’t have asked for anyone to be more efficient. Sarah has replied after hours and in weekends to my emails, deconstructed legal terminology (!) and generally made setting up a trust, selling a house and purchasing a house a very easy, stress-free process for me. I have no hesitation in recommending Sarah and will definitely be using her services again in the future.”
Anne-Marie Grace, Auckland

 

“We have dealt with Saunders and Co for many years and most recently with Sarah Bee for a property sale transaction. Sarah has been wonderful to deal with whether via phone, email or text. Since the earthquakes, property sales in the Canterbury region seem to always be a protracted event and we thank Sarah for her guidance and good humour through the peaks and troughs.”
Anne and Barry Worthington, Auckland

 

“We would like to thank you for the professional and courteous service we received from Sarah in acting for us with the sale of the apartment. I have to say, she was excellent, and is a credit to your business. We thought things were complicated, but Sarah always explained everything so thoroughly that we were always left feeling confident. We trusted her without question. She was just so diligent and responsive.”
Joseph and Pauline Besso, Christchurch

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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