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Govett Quilliam
1 Dawson Street
Private Bag 2013
DX NP90056
New Plymouth Central
New Plymouth 4342  

Phone (06) 768-3700
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Govett Quilliam Rural is one of our specialist teams which provides tailored legal services exclusively to the rural sector. Led by partners, Geoff Shearer, Alex Laurenson and Alice Tocher, Govett Quilliam Rural has developed a unique understanding of the demands that the rural sector faces and provides specialist legal skills and services to meet each client's individual needs.

Govett Quilliam Rural is familiar with a wide range of rural matters and has earned a reputation within the rural community as a leading legal service provider.

Our rural specialists take pride in their knowledge and understanding of the factors affecting the rural industry and make it their business to stay informed of current economic trends and Government policies that affect the farming community. We are proud of our long established involvement with our farming clientele and our ability to assist in all matters, whether business or personal, by forming lasting relationships.

Legal cost estimates will be provided on request at any time prior to, or during consultation.

Our rural services include:
  • Sharemilking agreements
  • Partnerships
  • Asset protection
  • Tax planning
  • Resource consents and resource management matters
  • Accident compensation (ACC)
  • Dairy company shares
  • Financing arrangements
  • Grazing or cropping agreements
  • Rural conveyancing, including sales and purchases
  • Leases and licences to occupy
  • Employment agreements
  • Environmental issues
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • Forestry
  • Climate change
  • Syndications and equity agreements
  • Relationship property agreements
  • Resolving property disputes relating to marriage dissolution

If you would like to discuss any issue with our rural team, please feel free to contact one of our experienced rural specialists below.


Rural Guides

Buying and Selling Farmland - Whether selling or buying a farm the matters to be considered and agreed upon are numerous and often complex. Read it here.

Corporate Farming - Equity Farming. Equity Syndication. Equity Partnerships. Quite often, these investors will already be farmers who are looking for an opportunity to be part of a larger operation. Read it here.

Dispute Resolution - Disputes can take many forms and arise from a range of circumstances.  Many people and businesses simply don’t have the time, energy or resources to spend months or years engaged in disputes. Read it here

Emissions Trading Scheme -  Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a forester, you might fall under the Emissions Trading Scheme.  How the ETS regime affects you will depend on whether you have pre-1990 or post-1989 forest land. Read it here

Farm Dairy Effluent Discharges - There’s no denying that most farmers in New Zealand work hard to manage their farms efficiently and responsibly. Read it here.

Farming Leases - The leasing of farming land is a common practice in New Zealand. As every farm is different, so too are the lease arrangements for each farm. Read it here.

Farming Trusts - For farmers, trusts are mostly utilised for keeping and protecting the farm property for the family and managing its transfer from one generation to the next.  It is a relationship between parties with interconnected rights and obligations.  Read it here.

Health and Safety - The Health and Safety Reform Bill (“the Bill”) is currently before parliament and is expected to be passed in the second half of 2015.  It will replace the current legislation – the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (“the Act”). Read it here.

Relationship Property - Parties to a relationship can avoid confusion about the status of their relationship or separate property by completing a Contracting Out Agreement.  Read it here.

Sharemilking Agreements - Sharemilking has become an integral part of New Zealand dairying for many years. We hold all contracts at our offices and recommend that before you enter into a sharemilking agreement we suggest you work with us first to ensure you are well informed and given the correct legal advice. Read it here.

Subdivision - There are many reasons to subdivide property. The most common reason would be to sell off some or all of the subdivided properties for a better capital gain.  Read it here.

Succession Planning - We encourage our clients to work with us to form a robust, flexible, tailor made farm succession plan to ensure a smooth handover from parents to children at the appropriate time.  Read it here.

Trading Among Farmers (TAF) - The scheme is designed to remove the risk that Fonterra faces when the seasonal milk supply is down or farmers exit the dairy industry and cash in their shares.  Read it here.

Work Relationships - Like many industries in New Zealand, the farming industry has owners and workers reaching agreement on the back of a firm handshake.  Read it here.


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