Horticulture, Viticulture and Forestry

Corporate and commercial law

Achieving successful commercial objectives involves collaborating with lawyers who understand your business, your commercial environment and your expectations for the future. Your lawyer should act as your business partner, offering advice to help you make better business decisions.

This requires people who can explain complex situations in plain English, provide dependable and accurate information, anticipate and manage risks, and develop solutions to get you a profitable outcome.

Hawke’s Bay is one the largest agricultural, viticultural and forestry regions in New Zealand. Businesses in each of these industries are the backbone of the region and are fundamental to the national economy.

Regardless of size, agribusiness companies face a wide range of legal issues and need timely advice. We act for many agribusinesses in Hawke’s Bay and are proficient in resolving the legal issues arising in areas such as resource management, health and safety, intellectual property, industry regulations and corporate contracts.

Commercial Maritime Law

For maritime business owners, we provide sound advice for the sale and purchase of vessels, registration, ownerships and other legal matters related to running your business.


If you’re facing a marine sector dispute, we have lawyers with extensive experience in the resolution of claims and the regulatory defence of prosecutions.


We stay at the forefront of any changes to legislation governing the maritime sector and can provide advice about how any changes will affect your business.

How we help

We advise small to large agribusinesses throughout the region, including growers, producers, packhouses, exporters, processors and others requiring legal assistance. As a law firm that has been based in Hawke’s Bay for generations, we are specialists at dealing with the issues facing our clients.

Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

Areas of expertise:

  • Health and safety
  • Resource management
  • Employment
  • Banking and finance
  • Cooperatives
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Sale and purchase of property
  • Irrigation
  • Public and administrative law