The rural sector provides the backbone to our country’s economy and Cavell Leitch is renowned as a leading advisor to agribusiness, farmers, farm workers and rural families.
Working in rural New Zealand produces its own set of challenges that our team truly understands. Many of our team come from a farming background, and we are regularly on farms with our clients. We genuinely have the knowledge and skills to assist them with their rural law requirements.
We have a broad range of rural clients, from large corporates to family farmers, and operate across the full spectrum of farming including dairying, sheep and beef, cropping, horticulture and viticulture, forestry and the high country.
Our clients face a myriad of different legal issues that crisscross over a number of areas of legal expertise. For that reason, we have an experienced team of lawyers spanning our firm's eight specialist teams. They are completely familiar with the issues facing our rural clients and corporate farming and are ready to assist.
We can help you any of your rural needs - whether you're buying, selling, leasing, or subdividing a farm or forestry block, needing to formalise access, navigating a high-country pastoral lease or dealing with overseas investment office queries.
The team at Cavell Leitch are unique in that we are genuine experts with a deep understanding of all things agricultural. We know how to resolve the unique issues which are faced by rural land operators.
Our rural advisors live and breathe rural advice - acting for crop, beef and sheep farmers, diary farmers and cooperatives, wineries, ostrich breeders and many others. We also advise the Crown in relation to high country tenure review.
For expert no-nonsense advice in all rural property matters contact our team.
Land-based agricultural operations and all the supporting industries that form the backbone of the New Zealand economy are not the type of businesses where their legal affairs can simply be left to chance.
With significant investment in people, capital and machinery, it is truly important that your agribusiness performs at the top of its game, and this includes making sure you have the best legal advice around your structures, ownership and contracts.
Our team of agribusiness experts will provide you with simple and seamless solutions, allowing you to concentrate on growing your business and doing what you do best.
We can assist you in navigating the complex and sensitive discussions regarding succession, so that you can put a robust plan in place which deals with your family's future ownership needs. Our advice can include:
We enjoy using our bank of knowledge and experience to ensure our rural clients have the rights to use their land as they need.
We can assist you through the consenting process, inlcuding obtaining and maintaining land use consents, bore and water take permits, and subdivision consents (which may, for example, be needed to achieve your farm succession plans).
We also keep abreast of upcoming changes to local and regional plans. If a plan change is going to afffect you we can assist you assess and mitigatge the impact, including preparing a submission to the relevant Council.
We can also advise and assist you if things go wrong, and you need to respond to a claim that may lead to enforcement or prosecution proceedings.
Rural employment relationships, by their very nature, can bring special challenges. To list a couple of examples, you may be working with sharemilkers or contractors, the work may be seasonal, or you may need your employees to observe strict health, safety or compliance procedures. You need your team to be working at the top of their game.
We can advise on all aspects of on-farm and governance employment law, including:
We have a team of experts who can assist in every facet of rural and agribusiness law. Please reach out to one of our rural team below in the first instance, and they'll draft in another of our firm's specialists in the area of law you need help with.
If you’re not sure who best to contact, then reach out to us via our contact us page.