Sandra Iskander


Sandra is a property and commercial lawyer. She works with a wide range of private, commercial, and corporate clients on all aspects of property, including residential and commercial property acquisitions, subdivisions and leasing. Sandra also advises on a number of commercial matters, including commercial contracts, refinancing, and structural and operational aspects of business.

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She deals with a range of work from assisting clients with the purchase of their first home to large scale property acquisitions and disposals, as well as commercial contracts, business restructuring and acquisitions. Working directly with clients from start to finish, Sandra takes the approach that “prevention is better than a cure” and provides clients with thorough, clear and timely advice.

Recent highlights

  • Advising a large farming, horticulture and forestry investment group on property acquisitions, disposals, subdivision projects, and various areas of general property due diligence.
  • Advising commercial and corporate clients on commercial contracts, and leasing.
  • Managing the acquisition of a large forestry estate on behalf of an investment group, liaising with relevant stakeholders and providing legal advice on property due diligence.
  • Assisting private clients with the purchase of residential property, refinancing, as well as estate planning.

Sandra's insights

The forgotten duties of estate administration

24 May 2024

Unit Titles Act – final changes came into effect on 9 May 2024

24 May 2024

From Christchurch to Aus: DC helps Evnex secure investment to fuel expansion and innovation

22 May 2024

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He tāngata

  • Sandra volunteered in several initiatives at UC and the wider community; UCSA Help, Shakti Christchurch, UN Women Christchurch, the Community Justice Panel, Community Law Canterbury, and contributed her research towards the Harvard Kennedy School’s international research initiative on Violence against Women, also published in the International Journal for Gender Equality. 
  • Sandra was selected for the Police Prosecution Internship before finishing her double degree in 2015.


  • Selected as one of the 150 Alumni showcased by the University of Canterbury and highlighted in their ‘Ones to Watch’ category in celebration of their 150th anniversary.

  • DC Enterprising Award winner in 2023.

  • Awarded the ‘Student Diversity’ award by the University of Canterbury’s Student Association for contributions to the wider student body in relation to diversity and inclusion.


  • Founder of the DC/UC Mentorship program for law students in the Te Kakau a Māui programme.


  • BNI Evolve member and chapter founder.


“Amazing service! We used Sandra as our legal representative for our first home purchase. She was very understanding, put us at ease and made the whole process easier to understand. Sandra explained all the details to us in plain English so we knew exactly what to expect every step of the way. I highly recommend Sandra for her empathy and professionalism.”

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