Expertise

Our broad range of experience and specialist legal expertise enables us to provide clients with strategic, commercially focused and pragmatic advice.  We understand the unique and diverse legal needs of our clients and we provide tailored solutions to ensure the best result.  Our team of lawyers can assist clients with:


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
  • Environmental compliance, including water and nitrogen issues

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 individual and collective agreements, contracts, and policy and procedure manuals
  • Providing advice on the employment relationship including contract interpretation, resolving workplace disputes, redundancy and restructuring, dismissals and disciplinary action, performance management, health and safety, restraints of trade, confidentiality and intellectual property, privacy, parental leave, human rights issues, IT and social media issues and employment implications of selling/purchasing a business
  • Ensuring compliance with legislation
  • Preparation of submissions to the Select Committee regarding proposed legislative amendments
  • Advocacy and dispute resolution, including representing clients at Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and independent mediations, Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, Human Rights Review Tribunal
  • Employment investigations and preparation of independent reports, such as for serious allegations of bullying and/or sexual harassment
  • Advice in relation to professional obligations, and representation at specialist professional bodies, such as the Education Council

Privacy Law

  • Advice on compliance with privacy, official information and human rights legislation, including health information privacy
  • Advice and representation in relation to making or defending claims for breach of privacy
  • Representation and advocacy through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and Human Rights Review Tribunal

Private Client

  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Finance
  • Asset planning
  • Family trust establishment and advice, restructuring and resettlement
  • Wills and powers of attorney
  • Estate administration

Property Law

  • Residential conveyancing
  • Commercial Property
  • Property development
  • Subdivisions
  • Leases
  • Building Contracts
  • Co-ownership issues
  • Technical land issues
  • Overseas Investment Act
  • Advice on resource management issues
  • Due diligence for property transactions

Sports Law

  • Employment and contracting issues for sport and recreation organisations, coaches, officials and athletes
  • Commercial issues, such as sponsorship, restraints of trade and image rights
  • Governance/organisational structure issues, interpretation and drafting of rules and constitutions.