Business

As business owners ourselves, we understand the competing pressure on your time and resources.  When approaching any business decision, our specialist commercial lawyers acknowledge that there will often be a range of options available to you.  We will recommend the most appropriate course of action taking into consideration what is best for your business.  Whether you are a sole business owner or a large company we can help you with the following:

Agribusiness and Rural/Farming Law
  • Drafting and negotiating farm sale and purchase agreements
  • Farm leases
  • Sharemilking contracts
  • Fonterra share contract matters
  • Dispute resolution including farm leases, sharemilking agreements and other rural contract disputes.
  • Farm succession planning
  • Equity syndicate establishment and ongoing advice
  • Rural subdivisions
  • Rural conveyancing
  • Specialised project management for non-farmer owners
  • Public Works Act matters.
  • Limited partnerships
  • Forestry rights
  • Emissions trading scheme as it relates to agriculture
  • Due diligence on resource management issues/property transactions
Commercial Law
  • Commercial sale and purchase agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Business sale and purchase agreements
  • Commercial leases
  • Company matters including shareholder, buy/sell, joint venture and franchise agreements.
  • Corporate governance
  • Business succession planning
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Finance
  • Trademarks and Copyright advice
  • Charities and Not for profits
  • Terms of Trade and PPSR matters
Employment Law
  • Preparation and review of employment documentation including employment agreements, service contracts and workplace policies
  • Disciplinary processes and dismissals
  • Performance management
  • Restructuring and redundancy
  • Bullying allegations and investigations
  • Health and safety
  • Good faith issues
  • The enforcement of restraints of trade
  • Confidentiality and intellectual property
  • Privacy issues
  • Human rights issues, including discrimination
  • Parental leave
  • Pay equity
  • IT and social media issues
  • Contract interpretation
  • Holidays Act obligations and entitlements
  • Compliance
  • Employment implications of selling/purchasing a business
  • Personal grievances and legal disputes
  • Resolving workplace disputes
  • Advice and representation for education providers and/or teachers/educators
  • Disciplinary proceedings brought by Professional bodies, such as the Education Council Complaints Assessment Committee
  • Advocacy and dispute resolution including at mediation, the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, Human Rights Commission, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Human Rights Review Tribunal, and civil courts
  • Employment investigations and preparation of independent reports, such as in complex and sensitive allegations of sexual harassment and bullying