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We’re a highly qualified,
culturally diverse team of legal professionals

Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Kannangara Thomson represents our entire Canterbury community. We specialise in providing practical legal advice and support for every aspect of your life’s journey, from buying your first home, making a business move to planning a secure retirement.

Our people

Working as one team with different life experiences and expertise, we offer a full wrap-around legal service that encompasses both the personal and professional. We speak your language. Between us, we speak a number of different languages, and make the language of law accessible.

Latest articles

2021 Resident Visa – One-Off Residence Pathway

The New Zealand Government has announced a new one-off residence category, the 2021 Resident Visa. This will enable a large number of work visa holders to remain in New Zealand permanently. The Visa has been created to recognise the contribution migrants have made to New Zealand during COVID-19 and the uncertainly they have faced with closed…

Meet our Founding Partner Stephen Kannangara (now retired)

Stephen Kannangara was one of the founding partners of Cherry Kannangara, now known as Kannangara Thomson. Originally led by Stephen, the team at Kannangara Thomson has drawn on life experiences gained from all corners of the globe with the unique personal histories forming a rich tapestry of wisdom, intelligence and practical thinking. Stephen is of…

When Do I Get The Keys?!

The most common question a purchaser’s solicitor gets asked is “what time will settlement happen and when can we get the keys to our new home?” What you need to be aware of is that there are certain things which need to happen before settlement can occur and more often than not, any delay is…

Final Inspections… Do You Know Your Rights?

If you are buying a home one of the things you should know is that you are entitled as of right to reinspect the home on one occasion prior to possession. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that you are still getting exactly what you contracted to buy and that there have been…

Why Do I Need a Building Report?

When you buy a home it is likely to be the single biggest investment which you make in your life time for most people. For that reason many buyers choose to have a condition inserted in the agreement for their own protection which allows them to obtain a building inspection report on the property they…

Property Tax Laws

Buying or selling property? There are property tax rules which apply to the sale and purchase of property which was effective from 1 October 2015.  These rules have an effect on all those who buy and sell property including those who have existing family trusts which own property. While all existing tax rules still apply,…

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