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Qualifications

LLB (Otago)

BCom (Accounting) (Otago)

Alternative contact

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Marie Smuts-Kennedy

Richard specialises in all aspects of property law work whether it be rural, residential or commercial property.

He has become a leading legal expert in agribusiness matters and regularly presents at rural professionals seminars and conferences throughout New Zealand. He acts for many rural companies and farmers throughout the South Island assisting them with sales and purchases, rural leasing, trust and company restructurings and equity partnerships, especially in the grazing and dairy sectors.

"I find it very rewarding being able to assist my clients in all areas of rural law and agribusiness. In rural law it is vital that you have a very sound knowledge of agribusiness and have strong relationships with other rural professionals working in the farming sector."


Richard also has a particular interest in assisting farming families with farm succession plans and asset protection structures. He has considerable expertise in high country farming matters including tenure review and pastoral leases. Richard’s strong links to the agricultural sector are shown through his position as President of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association in 2014/2015. As a past President, he continues to be a member of the General Committee. He was also a past member of the high country tenure review consultants committee.

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