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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Paul leads a property and commercial team and has been a partner since 2011.
He provides commercial and property advice to one of New Zealand’s largest home building companies, in addition he acts for clients with a diverse range of business interests including construction, commercial property and the hospitality and fitness industries.
Paul prides himself on delivering personalised service to each of his clients, and enjoys the opportunity to work with a variety of people.
His young family is a major focus outside work, alongside sport, going to the gym and travel. Paul regularly visits the West Coast, and he and his Scottish wife enjoy visiting Scotland every couple of years with their three children.
Paul specialises in the following areas:
Sarah joined Saunders & Co in 2013 and was made a partner of the firm in 2018.
Working in general practice with smaller firms in Wellington since 2001 has provided Sarah 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.
Sarah takes an avid interest in her clients and tailors her approach to their needs. She is 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. Sarah’s aim is for an effective and expedient resolution for her clients.
Relationship property is a particular area of interest for Sarah. She assists 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.
Sarah also helps clients to negotiate agreements and settlements when couples are separating.
She is also highly experienced when it comes to property sale and purchase transactions, making the process as stress-free for her clients as possible. She is supported in property matters by Senior Legal Executive Nicole Watson.
Outside work, Sarah and her builder husband are busy with their children and enjoy being part of the Lincoln Community.
Sarah specialises in the following areas:
What Sarah’s 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