Sophie Lester

Direct Dial: +64 3 (03) 966 7709
Office:  Papanui

I joined Saunders & Co in October 2020, following an intensive few years working at a large Trustee Corporation. This exposure to all facets of wills, estates, powers of attorney and financial management fostered my passion for helping my clients through some of the most challenging times of their lives. My role at Saunders & Co covers these passions and skills, and I work across teams to provide advice on succession and estate planning for clients (whether that be wills, enduring powers of attorney, applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988, estate administration or claim advice, and trust administration).  In July 2022 I moved from the City Branch of Saunders to the new Papanui branch where I now lead our Estates and Succession Planning team.


My practice has seen management of complex estate and trust administration files, together with the associated drafting and work required at both a Family Court and High Court level. Having always been someone who thrives off living a busy and full life, I enjoy the process of working through complex scenarios to provide practical and step by step advice, making the law accessible and understandable by people of varying walks of life, de-mystifying the processes and necessities of estate administration and beyond.


I understand that when a client comes to see me, or someone in my team, it means that they may be facing a bereavement, a large life change, or navigating supporting their loved ones through trialling circumstances. Empathy and the humanity of my practice is very important, as is giving my clients realistic and practical advice.


After graduating from University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2017, I spent some time exploring the world, before returning to my roots in Christchurch to settle down. In my weekends I enjoy exploring local coffee spots with friends, attempting some home DIY, spending time with my wonderful family, and supporting various NZ sportspeople.

I specialise in the following areas: