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Our Firm

At Cavell Leitch we partner with and protect people to enhance their lives and achieve their goals.  We do this through providing proactive, trustworthy and pragmatic advice.


Our firm was founded in 1923, operating out of Canterbury and we are proud of our legacy not only locally but across our national and international client groups. Over the last 90 years we have built a reputation for maintaining close, dependable and authentic relationships with our clients, in many cases acting for several generations of the same family and handling all of their needs as they develop and change.


We currently have over 75 outstanding team members with genuine specialists in nearly every area of the law. Our partners are leading figures in the legal community and the firm's commitment to professionalism, authenticity, decisiveness and innovation has never been stronger.

Our Teams


Our business team provides reliable, shrewd, accurate advice for clients.


Our employment team provide comprehensive, yet commercially sensible advice and support.


Since the 1950's Cavell Leitch has been the leading property law team in Christchurch.


We make the  area of immigration law simple by providing a complete range of advice.


We blend shrewd advice, expertise and negotiations to deliver the best outcome for our clients.

Relationship (Family)

Our relationships team are genuine experts in all manner of family and relationship law.

Resource Management

Our team is comprised of experts with established reputations and proven track records.

Trusts & Estates

As the South Island's largest estates team we advise on the most complex situations.

Our People

Clare O'Neill

Business – Partner

+64 3 339 5624


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We actively select and recruit staff who are outstanding at what they do. We have many years invested in lawyers who are true specialists in their respective legal areas.

Craig Graham

General Manager

+64 3 339 5602


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Glenn Cooper

Litigation – Partner

+64 3 339 5635


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Michael Dickie

Business – Partner

+64 3 339 5623


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Richard Parkes

Property – Partner

+64 3 339 5610


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Susan Bevin

Litigation – Partner

+64 3 339 5631


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David Fitchett

Property -  Partner

+64 3 339 5611


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Level 3, BNZ Centre
111 Cashel Mall
Christchurch 8011

PO Box 799
Christchurch 8140

Telephone: +64 3 379 9940


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