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If you are looking for a Christchurch Solicitor you have come to the right place. In particular we are now dealing with a very large number of clients in the Christchurch residential red zones and we are achieving some excellent results for clients. It is essential that you seek advice before electing either option. After having handled close to 200 red zone claims and settled in excess of 60 of them already there is no doubt that each case hinges on its own particular facts and is ddifferent from the last one.
Harmans Lawyers have specialists who can provide you with assistance with a wide range of legal services including:
- Estate Planning and Asset Protection
- Banking and Finance
- Commercial Property
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Debt Collection and Insolvency
- Development and Subdivision
- Dispute Resolution
- Elderly Services and Senior Law
- Employment Law
- Estate Administration
- Family Law and Relationship Property
- Investment Purchases
- Residential Property
- Resource Management
- Rural and Agricultural Law
The Harman family has a long and proud history since coming to New Zealand in the mid 19th century and one which has become synonymous with the law in Canterbury. Richard James Strachan Harman arrived in New Zealand aboard the Sir George Seymour, on 17 December 1850.
His son Thomas DeRenzy Harman who founded the firm we know as Harmans Lawyers today, was born some 11 years after the family landed in New Zealand. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1884 and four years later, set up his own practice as a Christchurch Solicitor. In the late 19th century, DeRenzy had two famous partners in the form of firstly, Heinirch Von Haast and then latterly, Thomas Hanmer, after whom Hanmer Springs is named.
Then, between the years of 1900 and 1909 DeRenzy was joined in partnership by Thomas Maude, brother of Nurse Maude. Upon dissolution of that partnership he practised law on his own account until 1924 when he was joined by his son Annesley DeRenzy Harman. The firm was thereafter known as T D Harman & Son.
The family tradition continued between 1956 and 1962 with three of Annesley Harman’s sons joining the family firm. The late Brian Harman joined the firm in 1956 and his brother’s, Colin in 1961 and lastly, Peter in 1962. Annesley Harman continued to practice law until his death in June 1977, the last four years as a consultant, having retired from the partnership in 1973.
The firm has expanded rapidly from the 1960’s onwards moving first to new premises in the GRE Building in Hereford St and then, in 1990 to the PricewaterhouseCoopers building in Armagh Street.
In 2003, the firm purchased Papanui Law, from Christchurch Lawyer John Horgan, merging it with Harmans’ existing Papanui branch and subsequently moving to the current premises at 485 Papanui Road.
With such a long and proud history, it is little wonder that Harmans have become one of Canterbury’s leading and most successful law firms. The firm is now able to offer an extensive range of legal services and presently has 9 partners and approximately 33 staff.
Your specialist Christchurch Solicitor is able to provide you with comprehensive advice and representation on a range of legal matters including business, company and commercial law; banking and finance including debt recovery; conveyancing, subdivisions and development, and other property law; dispute resolution; elderly services; employment; family and relationship law; franchising and hospitality; resource management; rural and agricultural law; and trusts, estate planning and administration and asset protection.
Our aim is to provide you with practical legal solutions delivered in Plain English and in a timely fashion, cutting through all the traditional legal jargon one might expect from a Christchurch Lawyer.
We are able to provide you with a comprehensive range of legal services from our convenient location. Since the devastating earthquake which hit Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. on the 22nd of February 2011 your specialist Christchurch Solicitor Harmans have been fortunate to secure addtional space in the same building as their Papanui branch office.
The firm was fortunate to recommence operations from 485 Papanui Road within three weeks of the earthquake has been helping existing and new clients with all of their legal needs during the difficult times of 2011 which of course culminated in yet another major earthquake on 23 December 2011.
The partners of Harmans extend their sincere sympathies to those who have lost loved ones or friends in this terrible ordeal as well as those who have suffered loss to real and personal property.
Your Christchurch Solicitor Harmans is pleased to bring you updates on the Christchurch earthquake click through this link to read articles of interest. In particular, for your interest we have articles on the following.