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.
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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.
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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