Farming and Forestry

We are proud to have many enterprising farmers, horticulturalists and forestry owners as clients. Our rural clients know there is much more to farming, horticulture and forestry than working on the land. They are managing valuable businesses, and are exposed to unique risks.  They come to us looking for practical legal advice they can rely on.

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We help farmers with all of the legal issues they face, from buying and selling farms through to financing, employment issues, sharemilking and grazing agreements, and environmental issues. We also help farming families to work out how best to protect their assets, and put together succession plans. 

Clients involved in forestry also need specialist legal advice. Our team has experience in advising forestry clients on sales and purchases of forests and forestry land, forestry rights, employment contracts, and other issues affecting them.

We provide legal advice on:

Farming & Horticulture
Ownership structures and planning for the future
  • Buying and selling farms and orchards
  • Finance, mortgages and securities
  • Subdivisions
  • Tax and GST
  • Dairy company shares
  • Leases and grazing leases
  • Sharemilking agreements
  • Employment contracts, relationships and disputes
  • Health and safety
  • Resource consents and environmental issues
  • Water rights and irrigation schemes
  • Fencing
  • Buying, selling and leasing forests and forestry land
  • Forestry rights and stumpage agreements
  • Access rights
  • Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Resource consents and environmental issues
  • Water
  • Advice on how to structure ownership of farms and forests
  • Trusts, wills and succession planning
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