Rural law

Based in Hamilton, and with a presence in Paeroa, we recognise that farming and agriculture are the cornerstone of Waikato’s economy.

We act for leaders in both the dairy industry and the rural retail industry. We also provide advice to organisations involved in research for the benefit of the dairy industry.

As New Zealand’s rural industry continues to develop, so do the legal and compliance issues which confront it. We have extensive experience in all aspects of rural law.

Our specialist rural lawyers provide advice on all issues affecting the rural industry, including:

  • Farm sales and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and limited and general partnerships
  • Advice on ownership structures and asset protection
  • Rural leases
  • Management agreements
  • Forestry rights
  • Resource management issues and consents
  • Environmental compliance and prosecutions
  • Wind farm agreements
  • Sharemilking agreements
  • Employment agreements

Experts in the field

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Jake Casey

Email: jake.casey@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6681

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Dr. Joan Forret

Email: joan.forret@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 4662

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Sarah Rawcliffe

Email: sarah.rawcliffe@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 4660

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Mark Thomson

Email: mark.thomson@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 4669

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Claire Luxton

Email: claire.luxton@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6685