Our agribusiness team has an unrivalled understanding of New Zealand’s primary industries.
Many of our team come from a rural or agribusiness background and are just as comfortable in the paddock as they are in the boardroom. Their empathy and understanding of the unique challenges that face the agricultural industry, combined with their legal expertise, make for a truly unique and valuable set of skills.
In any given year, we are involved in more than half of all agricultural transactions throughout Canterbury and beyond, acting on behalf of offshore investors, national and local corporates, family businesses and individuals.
Legacy and succession planning
When you are ready to take the step to planning your farm legacy we are here to help you. As part of your team of advisers, we can provide you with our years of experience to instigate the best structures and best plans for asset planning and protection.
We can advise on, and work with you to incorporate the appropriate structures that are tailored for you and your family and will last for generations to come. These structures include Companies, Trusts, Limited Partnerships, Joint Ventures/Equity Partnerships/Syndicates and Partnerships.
Farm property transactions
We have a full team of property experts ready to help you with all types of farm transactions - whether that is buying, selling or leasing. Our agreements are practical for both vendors and purchasers and our leases are tailored to your needs and expectations for the property.
Banking and finance
Our relationships with the agribusiness bankers you work with in your business can help you easily navigate a refinance or a proposed purchase.
Water rights and irrigation
We know the importance that water plays on your farm, so we have a dedicated team here to help you with all aspects of your resource consents, irrigation company shares, stock water schemes and the necessary easements. Whether it be the complexity of piping a scheme or a farmer buying water shares we understand your irrigation needs.
Public Works Act
Have you been approached by the Crown or a Local Body saying they want to take some or all of your land? We provide expert advice for obtaining the best outcome when the Crown or Local Bodies require for public purposes.
Complex land issues - pastoral land/accretion
We have years of experience in dealing with complex land matters including accretion claims, Crown leases, Department of Conservation land and Māori land. We have one of the few LINZ accredited suppliers in our team, who is able to provide you with unparalleled experience in this regard.
Overseas Investment Office approvals
Are you an overseas investor? We have completed many of these applications to assist overseas investors with obtaining sensitive land within New Zealand, so we now how to best structure your application, advise you of the pitfalls and also provide certification for the Overseas Investment Office.
As the appeal of forestry farming grows – we’ve created a dedicated team to work with you in your venture. Our strong relationships with forestry owners, regulators and consultants will assist you with your forestry project, whether it be forestry acquisitions and joint ventures, to Emissions Trading Scheme obligations. For more information and key contacts please visit our Forestry page.
Environmental due diligence
Irrespective of whether you’re looking to buy, sell or lease a farm or a lifestyle block, environmental due diligence is crucial. We complete thorough due diligence reports for purchasers but also for those Vendors who want to go to the market fully prepared. We cover all relevant rules and regulations from both district and regional councils so you can have confidence that the property is right for you.
Biosecurity remains an important consideration for all farming and horticultural operators. We are known for our expertise in the Government’s eradication response to Mycoplasma Bovis, which has affected many in the beef and dairy sectors, and had flow on effects to many in the industry. We can advise on the implications of notices of direction and compensation avenues under the Biosecurity Act, and everything in between.