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  • Sarah Pilcher LLB, Dip Bus, MComLaw; Barrister and Solicitor

    After many years of working in law firms as a junior lawyer, associate, partner, and consultant; and dealing with budgets, premises, partners, staff, office hours, computer crashes, parking, traffic and overheads I decided in early 2012  that I needed to make some changes in the way I worked for my clients. 

    So I removed the layers of administration and cost and budget expectations that separated me from focusing solely on my clients and their businesses.  I made the leap and I now work any time and any place (that has internet coverage). My work week has no set hours and I can structure my time as necessary to get the job done. 

    No-one seems to mind if the first draft of a franchise agreement happens to be emailed to them at 11pm on a Sunday night, and my phone doesn't turn off at 5pm.

    I still have an hourly rate as a guideline to pricing work (some traditions have to be upheld...), but it's less than it has been for nearly 10 years and I have probably as much, or more experience in franchising than any lawyer (under 60) in New Zealand.

    I have great clients with awesome businesses and  most of them have been around for a while.  I am happy to work for clients on an ongoing basis, or for one off projects where a specialist is required, alongside your regular lawyer if necessary.

    If you are looking for a new lawyer or would just like some further information or have a question about franchising or business law, give me a call or email and I'd be happy to have a chat or meet for a coffee.


    LLB - Otago 

    DipBus - Auckland 

    MComLaw (Hons) - Auckland 

    Memberships / Committees

    • Member New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) 
    • Member Auckland District Law Society (ADLSi)
    • ADLSi CPD Committee & Commercial Law Series Sub-Committee
    • Member Franchise Association of NZ 2000-2019
    • Member Institute of Directors 2017 - 2019
    • Trustee, Dep.Chair Wanganui Collegiate School Board of Trustees 2012-2019