Saunders & Staniforth

Saunders & Staniforth team

Saunders & Staniforth are a town planning and valuation firm based in Orange, NSW – incorporated in April 2004 and shortly afterwards merged with RJ Patfield & Co – a business owned by, at various times, Helen & Robert Patfield.

Its offices are at:

Suite 2, 204-206 Lords Place

Its key personnel are:

Andrew Saunders – town planner and valuer

Mitch Staniforth – valuer

Bob Patfield – valuer (apparently de-merged his business with Saunders & Staniforth around 2009?).

Saunders & Staniforth team
Saunders & Staniforth team – (L-R) Mitch, Bob, Andrew


It is alleged that Saunders & Staniforth merged with RJ Patfield & Co in April 2005.

Patfield Merger
Patfield Merger
Patfield Merger

A search of the ASIC register of Saunders & Staniforth does not find any relevant ASIC filing.

If you know anything about Bob Patfield, Saunders & Staniforth and the alleged merger – please contact us on the messenger chat tool below, bottom right corner or use the form at bottom.


Saunders & Staniforth personnel claim to be members of the Australian Property Institute.

A claim of Saunders & Staniforth re risk minimisation

Legal opportunity

One of our related companies has bought legal proceedings against Saunders & Staniforth in the NSW District Court, alleging professional negligence.

Another associated party – Busifund – Legal Services Capital Trust – is accepting investments with an opportunity to share in the fruits of litigation against Saunders & Staniforth. The fund, Busifund – Legal Services Capital Trust presently (as at December 2020) has an information memorandum in the market and is accepting investments from sophisticated and wholesale investors only (e.g. superfunds and others complying with the definition of sophisticated and wholesale investors).

If you believe that you qualify as a sophisticated investors or wholesale clients and you’d like to consider an investment in the trust, a copy of the BUSiFUND Legal Services Capital Trust Information Memorandum – click here or click the instant messenger chat in the bottom right corner.

For a copy of the BUSiFUND Legal Services Capital Trust Information Memorandum – click here

For more information – chat with us live using our instant chat tools (bottom corners), book an appointment or call now on 1300-327123 (till late).

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It might seem like a question with an obvious answer, but what is a fixture? What is a fitting?  And, what is equipment?

We are presently working on a project where our client is claiming title to commercial equipment.  The equipment was placed in a function space which features elsewhere in our blogs – current projects & past projects.  The land has recently been sold by the mortgagee in possession.

In the last couple of days these questions have arisen:

  • what is a fixture?
  • who can have title to it?
  • can a person abandone title to goods? and,
  • what is required to secure title to the fixture/s?

In this instance the equipment is commercial kitchen equipment.


The purchaser from the mortgagee seems to be suggesting in correspondence that portable equipment is nevertheless a fixture.

The implied threat is to abandone the purchase from the mortgagee unless the secured lender, who owns the equipment, waives their title?

The answer to these questions is this. 



Typically a fixture is a chattel which is annexed to land in such a way that it becomes ‘part of’ the land and ceases to be the personal property of the person who attached it.

Have a think about your workspace.  What are some chattels and what are fixtures and what might be fittings.

Take the kitchen sink for instance.  It’s probably quite impractical to remove that.  It would perhaps rip off the tiles in the process.  But what about for instance shelving.  Sure the shelves are screwed into the wall, and so it might be argued that they become part of the land.  But do they cease to be personal property?  And why were the shelves put there in the first instance?

These are all relevant questions in considering what are fixtures and what aren’t.  

We may discuss fixtures in further detail as this dispute is worked through.  

If you have any thoughts or comments or questions, please feel free to direct message me at: – thank you.

14 August 2018