Our Specialisation

BlackmanSpargo specialises in rural law. The firm’s expertise in this area is unparalleled in New Zealand.

Just as one wouldn’t expect a GP to undertake a heart bypass operation, one shouldn’t expect a general legal practitioner to understand the complexities facing a farming business. Our lawyers understand farming and know all aspects of this complex area of law. Each one of them can give you good advice on any legal issue you will face in the rural sector.

Dairy

Rural New Zealand is integral to our economy.  We are passionate about supporting our farmers and can do so because of our specialist knowledge and experience in all aspects of dairy farming.

Buying and Selling Farms

Contracts for the sale and purchase of farms are complex and require specialist advice.  Our insight into farming practice enables the firm to provide farmers with the best possible advice when it comes to buying or selling a farm.

Because of the large amount of money involved and unique issues around dairy company shares, plant and machinery, livestock, proper farming requirements, resource management matters, tax and many industry specific considerations, you should seek specialist advice from our team before selling or purchasing a farm.

Our lawyers are continually monitoring changes that affect the dairy sector and will give you the most up-to-date advice available in New Zealand.

Banking

Farming almost always relies on a good working relationship with banks. BlackmanSpargo has a good working relationship with all rural banks and a long history in the rural banking sector. We are well equipped to help farming clients with any assistance required for their banking arrangements.

As an example of our expertise around Guarantees and the risks involved please see our article here.

Subdivisions

Numerous issues arise when considering a subdivision of rural land from zoning to tax considerations.  At BlackmanSpargo we are regularly involved in the process and can ensure you are aware of the issues that you may face.

Ownership Structures

Having the best possible legal structure from inception of your business is prudent.  We can guide you through the risks and rewards of all possible legal structures so you can implement the best structure for your business.

Dairy Farm Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture is an agreement to undertake economic activity between two or more parties.  Joint ventures involve both parties contributing equity and sharing in the revenue, expenses and control of the enterprise.  From understanding the economic implications of joint ventures in the rural sector to identifying what both parties can expect from each other, we understand all the issues associated with dairy farm joint ventures and have the skills to implement a successful dairy farm joint venture agreement.

Sharemilking & Contract Milking

Practical farming issues and a clear delineation of duties is essential for a successful sharemilking or contract milking operation.  The team at BlackmanSpargo understand this and have their own agreements designed to give the parties clarity.

Forming Trusts & Trust Administration

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo are experts in trust law as it applies to farming families.

It is very important that farming families understand the reasons for setting up a trust. Our lawyers take the time to answer questions and clearly explain the reasons for the trust.

The firm has a computerised record-keeping system that provides clients with peace of mind with respect to their trust administration. Systems are in place to ensure that any of the firm’s lawyers or legal executives can review and maintain the trust regardless of who set it up. This guarantees continuity of protection for a trust which will often outlive its creators.

Estate and Succession Planning

Estate planning refers to a farmer’s plans and arrangements on his or her death. Succession planning is a related topic and refers to a family’s plan to ensure the succession of the farm business to the next generation.

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo have many years’ experience in the implementation of estate and succession plans for farming families. We have helped hundreds of farming families put together effective estate plans and viable succession plans.

Ian Blackman has written a book on this subject entitled “Keeping Farming in the Family – a guide to farm succession”. This book explains to farmers, accountants and lawyers how to implement a simple but effective plan. For more information about Ian’s book please click here.

BlackmanSpargo remains the law firm with the most expertise in this complex field.

Employment

Rural employment relationships often become very complicated and a good employment agreement is essential in order to avoid misunderstandings and problems. BlackmanSpargo’s in-depth knowledge of the industry means it is better equipped to draft these employment contracts in such a way as to avoid time consuming and expensive disputes.

Should a dispute arise we are able to guide you through the process to resolve the problem as expeditiously as possible.

Rural Leases and Grazing Agreements

Rural leases and grazing agreements can be complicated.  There are numerous factors that need to be considered including specific farming practices when negotiating the terms of a dairy farm lease.  Grazing agreements are bespoke documents that need to be tailored to the circumstances.  Our understanding of farming practices will ensure you receive comprehensive advice and clarity that your agreement will be upheld.

Tax Law

The New Zealand tax system is immensely complicated and difficult to understand unless individuals have had training in the field of income tax. Unfortunately, tax issues are unavoidable in almost all farming ventures and activities.

Our legal team’s understanding of the Income Tax Act and in-depth knowledge of the rural sector with respect to tax ensures that farming clients are given the best possible tax advice.

Dispute Resolution

The cost of litigation is inevitably expensive, emotionally draining and time consuming. There are no winners.

BlackmanSpargo’s philosophy is aimed at resolving disputes via negotiation, facilitation or mediation. These methods of dispute resolution are proven to be a more effective and efficient way of dealing with problems.

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo are trained in these alternative forms of dispute resolution. They have the specialised knowledge of the rural sector needed.

Sheep + Beef

Our dedicated team can assist you with any legal issue faced by your farming business.

Buying and Selling Farms

Contracts for the sale and purchase of farms are complex and require specialist advice.  Our insight into farming practice enables the firm to provide farmers with the best possible advice when it comes to buying or selling a farm.

Because of the large amount of money involved and unique issues around plant and machinery, livestock, proper farming requirements, resource management matters, tax and many industry specific considerations, you should seek specialist advice from our team before selling or purchasing a farm.

Our lawyers are continually monitoring changes that affect the rural sector and will give you the most up-to-date advice available in New Zealand.

Banking

Farming almost always relies on a good working relationship with banks. BlackmanSpargo has a good working relationship with all rural banks and a long history in the rural banking sector. We are well equipped to help farming clients with any assistance required for their banking arrangements.

As an example of our expertise around Guarantees and the risks involved please see our article here.

Subdivisions

Numerous issues arise when considering a subdivision of rural land from zoning to tax considerations.  At BlackmanSpargo we are regularly involved in the process and can ensure you are aware of the issues that you may face.

Ownership Structures

Having the best possible legal structure from inception of your business is prudent.  We can guide you through the risks and rewards of all possible legal structures so you can implement the best structure for your business.

Farm Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture is an agreement to undertake economic activity between two or more parties.  Joint ventures involve both parties contributing equity and sharing in the revenue, expenses and control of the enterprise.  From understanding the economic implications of joint ventures in the rural sector to identifying what both parties can expect from each other, we understand all the issues associated with rural joint ventures and have the skills to implement a successful joint venture agreement.

Forming Trusts & Trust Administration

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo are experts in trust law as it applies to farming families.

It is very important that farming families understand the reasons for setting up a trust. Our lawyers take the time to answer questions and clearly explain the reasons for the trust.

The firm has a computerised record-keeping system that provides clients with peace of mind with respect to their trust administration. Systems are in place to ensure that any of the firm’s lawyers or legal executives can review and maintain the trust regardless of who set it up. This guarantees continuity of protection for a trust which will often outlive its creators.

Estate and Succession Planning

Estate planning refers to a farmer’s plans and arrangements on his or her death. Succession planning is a related topic and refers to a family’s plan to ensure the succession of the farm business to the next generation.

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo have many years’ experience in the implementation of estate and succession plans for farming families. We have helped hundreds of farming families put together effective estate plans and viable succession plans.

Ian Blackman has written a book on this subject entitled “Keeping Farming in the Family – a guide to farm succession”. This book explains to farmers, accountants and lawyers how to implement a simple but effective plan. For more information about Ian’s book please click here.

BlackmanSpargo remains the law firm with the most expertise in this complex field.

Employment

Rural employment relationships often become very complicated and a good employment agreement is essential in order to avoid misunderstandings and problems. BlackmanSpargo’s in-depth knowledge of the industry means it is better equipped to draft these employment contracts in such a way as to avoid time consuming and expensive disputes.

Should a dispute arise we are able to guide you through the process to resolve the problem as expeditiously as possible.

Rural Leases and Grazing Agreements

Rural leases and grazing agreements can be complicated.  There are numerous factors that need to be considered including specific farming practices when negotiating the terms of a dairy farm lease.  Grazing agreements are bespoke documents that need to be tailored to the circumstances.  Our understanding of farming practices will ensure you receive comprehensive advice and clarity that your agreement will be upheld.

Tax Law

The New Zealand tax system is immensely complicated and difficult to understand unless individuals have had training in the field of income tax. Unfortunately, tax issues are unavoidable in almost all farming ventures and activities.

Our legal team’s understanding of the Income Tax Act and in-depth knowledge of the rural sector with respect to tax ensures that farming clients are given the best possible tax advice.

Dispute Resolution

The cost of litigation is inevitably expensive, emotionally draining and time consuming. There are no winners.

BlackmanSpargo’s philosophy is aimed at resolving disputes via negotiation, facilitation or mediation. These methods of dispute resolution are proven to be a more effective and efficient way of dealing with problems.

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo are trained in these alternative forms of dispute resolution. They have the specialised knowledge of the rural sector needed.

Foresty Rights

There are important considerations before granting any forestry right.  These may be how to manage risks, tax advice, the emission trading scheme, grazing and access rights.  Our team can assist you with granting such rights.

Overseas Investment Applications

This is a specialist area that requires experienced lawyers to ensure the best possible application for consent is made.  We have assisted a number of clients from Asia and Europe with successful applications.

Kiwifruit

This is a growing industry (no pun intended) particular in our local Bay of Plenty region.

BlackmanSpargo has a team of professionals that can provide you with up-to-date legal assistance in all aspects of the kiwifruit sector.

Buying, Selling or Leasing Kiwifruit Orchards

When buying, selling or leasing a kiwifruit orchard, or purchasing land to develop into kiwifruit orchards, it is critical that the agreement for sale and purchase or lease captures all relevant aspects of the transaction. These aspects include the transfer of any shares and grower licences, the right to crop proceeds and Zespri loyalty payments, kiwifruit management contracts and resource consents relating to water and frost protection systems.

Our lawyers are continually monitoring changes in the industry that affect the kiwifruit sector and will give you the most up-to-date advice.

Banking

Farming almost always relies on a good working relationship with banks. BlackmanSpargo has a good working relationship with all rural banks and a long history in the rural banking sector. We are therefore well equipped to help farming clients to secure loans and negotiating interest rates and financing agreements.

For information about Guarantees and the risks involved please see our article here.

Subdivisions

Numerous issues arise when considering a subdivision of rural land from zoning to tax considerations.  At BlackmanSpargo we are regularly involved in the process and can ensure you are aware of the issues that you may face.

Ownership Structures

Having the best possible legal structure from inception of your business is prudent.  We can guide you through the risks and rewards of all possible legal structures so you can implement the best structure for your business.

Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture is an agreement to undertake economic activity between two or more parties.  Joint ventures involve both parties contributing equity and sharing in the revenue, expenses and control of the enterprise.  From understanding the economic implications of joint ventures in the rural sector to identifying what both parties can expect from each other, we understand all the issues associated with rural joint ventures and have the skills to implement a successful joint venture agreement.

Forming Trusts & Trust Administration

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo are experts in trust law as it applies to farming families.

It is very important that farming families understand the reasons for setting up a trust. Our lawyers take the time to answer questions and clearly explain the reasons for the trust.

The firm has a computerised record-keeping system that provides clients with peace of mind with respect to their trust administration. Systems are in place to ensure that any of the firm’s lawyers or legal executives can review and maintain the trust regardless of who set it up. This guarantees continuity of protection for a trust which will often outlive its creators.

Estate and Succession Planning

Estate planning refers to a farmer’s plans and arrangements on his or her death. Succession planning is a related topic and refers to a family’s plan to ensure the succession of the farm business to the next generation.

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo have many years’ experience in forming estate and succession plans for farming families. We have helped hundreds of farming families put together effective estate plans and workable succession plans.

Ian Blackman has written a book on this subject entitled “Keeping Farming in the Family – a guide to farm succession”. This book explains to farmers, accountants and lawyers how to implement a simple but effective plan. For more information about Ian’s book please click here.

BlackmanSpargo remains the law firm with the most expertise in this complex field.

Employment

Rural employment relationships often become very complicated and a good employment agreement is essential in order to avoid misunderstandings and problems. BlackmanSpargo’s in-depth knowledge of the industry means it is better equipped to draft these employment contracts in such a way as to avoid time consuming and expensive disputes.

Should a dispute arise we are able to guide you through the process to resolve the problem as expeditiously as possible.

Tax Law

The New Zealand tax system is immensely complicated and difficult to understand unless individuals have had training in the field of income tax. Unfortunately, tax issues are unavoidable in almost all farming ventures and activities.

Our legal team’s understanding of the Income Tax Act and in-depth knowledge of the rural sector with respect to tax ensures that farming clients are given the best possible tax advice.

Dispute Resolution

The cost of litigation is inevitably expensive, emotionally draining and time consuming. There are no winners.

BlackmanSpargo’s philosophy is aimed at resolving disputes via negotiation, facilitation or mediation. These methods of dispute resolution are proven to be a more effective and efficient way of dealing with problems.

The lawyers at BlackmanSpargo are trained in these alternative forms of dispute resolution. They have the specialised knowledge of the rural sector needed.

Forestry

Our team has significant experience within the forestry industry whether it be the sale or purchase of a forest, overseas investment approval, emission trading advice, structures or forestry rights.  We act for a number of forest owners both nationally and internationally.

Forestry Rights or Stumpage Agreements

There are important considerations before granting any forestry right.  These may be how to manage risks, tax advice, the emission trading scheme, grazing and access rights.  Our team can assist you with granting such rights.

Stumpage agreements need to have clear contractual terms so that payment obligations are readily understood and enforceable.

Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture is an agreement to undertake economic activity between two or more parties.  Joint ventures involve both parties contributing equity and sharing in the revenue, expenses and control of the enterprise.  From understanding the economic implications of a joint venture to identifying what both parties can expect from each other, we understand all the issues associated with joint ventures and have the skills to implement a successful joint venture agreement.

Overseas Investment Applications

This is a specialist area that requires experienced lawyers to ensure the best possible application for consent is made.  We have assisted a number of clients from Asia and Europe with successful applications.

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