As a Waikato-based law firm, we have partnered with the rural community of the region for over 100 years. Our rural dispute lawyers understand the complex and ever-changing challenges that the rural sector faces, and will commit to securing the best possible outcomes for you when conflicts and issues arise.
We understand the complex practical and business issues that the farming and agribusiness communities face. Our advice can help you with:
- Disputes about the sale and purchase of farms.
- Share-milking disputes.
- Rural leases.
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Our clients are individuals and families, companies and trusts, charities, and . We pride ourselves in caring for our clients, making their lives easier through the long-standing relationships we build with them.
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We offer a comprehensive suite of legal services with a focus on commercial, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, property, dispute resolution, asset planning, environmental/natural resources, workplace law and Māori land.
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Inconvenient Covenants and How to Remove Them – A Cautionary Tale for Developers
Land covenants are commonly used in New Zealand to protect a party’s underlying interests in land. The Supreme Court has recently provided guidance for landowners and developers on how the Courts will treat potentially irrelevant covenants, and how they can be extinguished or modified by the Court.
Farm failure and family fallout leads to Supreme Court ruling on prejudiced shareholders provision
Baker v Hodder  NZSC 78 deals with important company law issues, and at the highest level. In a sadly familiar set of facts, this case concerned a farming business run on land owned by a family company which was unsuccessful and ultimately became insolvent, forcing the sale of the farm. It is worth noting as it is the first decision by the Supreme Court on the ‘prejudiced shareholders provision’, contained in section 174 of the Companies Act.
Fencing: Who pays?
This article discusses the question of “who pays for the erection of fencing and repairs to dividing fences between adjacent properties”. This includes the effect of the Fencing Act 1978, fencing covenants and agreements.
Dispute Resolution at McCaw Lewis
We can also assist with:
- Trust and Estate Disputes
- Relationship Property and Family Disputes
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Construction Disputes
- Debt Recovery and Creditors' Remedies
- Civil and Commercial Disputes
- Franchise Disputes
- Insolvency Issues
- Insurance Disputes
- Property and Lease Disputes
- Tort Claims (including Negligence)
- Rural Disputes
- Claims in Equity
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Iwi Disputes
- Māori Land Dispute Resolution