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Health and Safety

Keeping people safe in the workplace is critical and should be a primary consideration for all business owners/employers. Understanding your health and safety obligations and liabilities as a director has become more important following the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

The specialist team at Saunders & Co understands the complexities of health and safety legislation and delivers practical pragmatic advice focused on governance responsibility and director due diligence obligations and supporting clients immediately following a health and safety incident through any WorkSafe investigation through to enforcement and/or prosecution.

We work closely with clients to ensure they meet their legal obligations, have a robust framework in place, and the correct documentation to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their staff.

Our team has a strong governance focus, providing those with due diligence obligations under the HSWA with advice and support to ensure they understand and meet their obligations as directors or senior staff in a health and safety context.

We can assist with drafting, reviewing and auditing health and safety management systems are fit-for-purpose from a governance perspective.

We act for clients in a broad range of sectors with differing risks and challenges. Many clients operate in high-risk industries such as agribusiness, construction and manufacturing where a failure to comply with health and safety obligations can lead to serious injury or death. If a notifiable event does occur in a client’s workplace, we ensure our clients are well represented both inside and outside the courtroom.

Get further advice from

Andrew Riches


Direct dial: +64-3-963 1457
Mobile: 021 982 115
Assistant: Donna Lake
Office: CBD

I am a litigation specialist who joined Saunders & Co in early 2008 and became a partner in 2015.

I undertake a wide variety of civil work in the District and High Court jurisdictions, and am also well versed in employment and criminal law. I have appeared as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal on civil and criminal appeals and appear regularly in the District and High Courts on these matters. I have acted for Financial Service Providers in the High Court on appeals against decisions of the Financial Markets Authority as well as successfully advancing negligence claims and claims against insurers.

I am known for dealing with disputes in an upfront, open manner and not sugar-coating my approach. Depending on circumstances, I will either negotiate a practical solution for my client or refer their problem to be resolved in court.

I enjoy all aspects of this process, from researching and developing an argument around a case, to court work, which gets me out of the office and challenges me to think on my feet.

I am a Member of the Law Council of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“I shall feel honoured if you would consider my remarks regarding Andrew Riches, worthy for something. No doubt, Andrew Riches is a brilliant asset for Saunders & Co. I have lived in the USA and Canada for more that 20 years and have had an opportunity to meet lawyers in Christchurch and abroad but this young man looked to me way ahead of his age, and he is outstanding when comparing him with other lawyers in this small city. His approach and intelligence, his demeanour at this age, is bewildering. I am a very international person so please do not take my remarks for granted, you will see it to be true, he will be a big name soon in this city. I wish him a good future.”
Muhammad Ashraf Christchurch

Claire McCool

Senior Associate

Direct dial: +643 265 0310
Mobile: 021 885 086
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co as an Associate in 2018.

I am an experienced advocate who takes a pragmatic approach to delivering tailored advice to my clients.

I bring extensive experience on all aspects of employment-related matters including performance and disciplinary processes; restructuring; redundancy; leave entitlements; employment agreements and policies; industrial relations and post-termination obligations.  I also advise on workplace health and safety issues from compliance to prosecutions.

My previous experience as a Crown Prosecutor gives me an added edge when providing advice to clients with respect to investigations and court hearings.

I specialise in the following areas:



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