Edmonds Judd

Rural Law and Farm Succession

It’s our experience in rural matters that sets us apart.

We have extensive experience and expertise in providing legal services to the rural sector including:

  • Rural leases, sales and purchases
  • Subdivisions
  • Fonterra share transactions
  • Financing and refinancing
  • Sharemilking and contract milking agreements and disputes
  • Rural employment law
  • Rural health and safety
  • Resource Management Act (RMA) issues
  • Farm succession planning

We understand that the needs of our clients on-farm can be very different to everyday transactions, and it’s our extensive experience in rural matters that sets us apart. With specialists in offices in the heart of the Waikato, we have a successful pedigree in legal services to the rural sector.

Rural leases, sales and purchases

We understand that the complexities of lease, sale and purchase transactions on farm need specific detailed knowledge so we can offer you the best advice.  From compliance, GST and financing to the demands of resource consents, the team can help.


From moving a boundary to the complexities of a large-scale subdivision, legal support for subdivisions is common territory for our specialist team. Whether it’s initial purchase, subdividing, or a large-scale development, our property team has the know-how to support you.


Financing and Refinancing

Security agreements around any new finance need careful legal attention when you’re looking to fund any major investments. If you’re borrowing afresh or extending an existing facility to upgrade plant or buy more stock, our team can take care of the legal process.

Sharemilking and contract milking agreements and disputes

Sharemilking and contract milking arrangements are more than a business-to-business transaction. Ensuring they reflect shared goals and the needs of both the individuals and the farm makes them an important part of the ongoing relationships. Our rural knowledge can help you every step, even when something goes wrong. 

Rural employment law
Fair and easily-to-follow employment agreements help you and your workers know where they stand, so our rural experts can help with anything from casual employments, permanent or fixed term contracts and, if it comes to it, help with any employment disputes.

Rural health and safety
Understanding everyday farm life is a real advantage within the team at Edmonds Judd, so we can work with you to protect your farm and your staff.

Resource Management Act (RMA) issues
Working the land following complex and changing regulations is a challenge in our rural communities around the Waikato, but our experts keep up-to-minute to advise you on resource management, environment and planning law for your farm. From water take consent applications to infrastructure projects, we can help you through.

Farm succession planning
With a farm being such a significant asset, succession planning for our rural customers demands expert advice, planning and communications. Looking at difficult issues such as business structures or trusts, as well as the needs of future generations, the Edmonds Judd team can offer experienced advice and support.

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