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Rural Disputes


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.

Good People, Great Lawyers

Our clients are whānau

Our clients are individuals and families, companies and trusts, charities, hapū and iwi. We pride ourselves in caring for our clients, making their lives easier through the long-standing relationships we build with them. 

Excellence, People, Teamwork

McCaw Lewis is driven by three key values: Whāia te iti kahurangiManaakitanga and Kotahitanga.


We offer a comprehensive suite of legal services with a focus on commercial, Te Tiriti o Waitangipropertydispute resolutionasset planningenvironmental/natural resourcesworkplace law and Māori land

Contact us today

07 838 2079

Our team are ready to help with your civil dispute. You can give us a call or enter your details in the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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