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We can help you manage your risk profile and guide you through the many uncertainties facing agribusinesses today.


Just as Australia’s mineral resources sector has become an indispensable component of Asia’s energy and resources mix, our national agribusiness sector faces an unparalleled opportunity for growth and investment by supplying those same markets with high yield, high quality food and fibre.


  • advising on vertical integration – becoming more than just a bulk commodities exporter by realising the benefits of value adding prior to export
  •  risk management – diversifying your interests by geography and commodity, and allocating risks between joint venture partners
  • infrastructure development and delivery, operation and maintenance
  • finance, mortgages, securities (real estate and personal property), insolvency and debt restructuring
  • pastoral and occupancy leasing and share-farming arrangements, and contracting out farm operations
  •  documenting partnership, trust and company structures for property ownership and management
  • statutory resumptions, mining interests, and compulsory acquisitions including valuation issues
  •  land titling including leasehold conversions and easements.


Our experience in realising this potential in the energy and resources context, coupled with our working knowledge of Australia’s agricultural sector and primary industries, puts us in a unique position to help clients turn that potential into commercial reality.

Recently, we have:

  • provided transactional, disposal and titling advice involving national plantation and forestry trusts
  • advised on structuring, acquiring and disposals of rural land and assets involving private and proprietary limited companies within the forestry, sugar and cattle industries in Queensland 
  • advised private clients in complex financial facilities and rural loan specific agreements, mortgage and personal property securities 
  • advised on leasing, licensing, indemnities and option agreements in the support of energy efficiency schemes surrounding solar and wind projects in Queensland 
  • negotiated pre-sale issues involving resumption and encroachment of rural land in Queensland
  • provided advice on contaminated and environmental rural land issues 
  • advised on transactional land transfers of rural family business assets.

Additional experience

  • Shanghai Zhongfu Group — advising on its bid to acquire agricultural land to establish a greenfield sugar industry in Western Australia and associated infrastructure
  • Olam International Limited — acting in respect of its Australian operations across various industry sectors including pulses and grains, almonds, cotton and in respect of  infrastructure projects such as the  Newcastle agri terminal
  • private equity participants — advising on various investments in agribusiness, including in diverse sectors such as fruit and vegetables, potatoes and wine
    • acting for listed European companies in respect of joint venture arrangements with Australian supermarkets for meat packaging
    • advising on large rural property acquisitions across Australia and including the purchase of rural water rights, both for private investors and for unlisted agribusiness funds.

Recent Posts

30 April 2020 - Knowledge

Secure now, pay later: Buying rural land during COVID-19

#Agribusiness, #Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

With drought breaking in some areas of the country, more and more rural properties are being placed on the market following improving conditions and sale prices. Unfortunately with the current restrictions being imposed by COVID-19, it is not an easy time for buyers looking to purchase property. 

27 April 2020 - Knowledge

Pouring from an empty cup

#Agribusiness, #COVID-19

Parents may see their children suffering through this COVID-19 crisis and be tempted to offer, or be asked, to render financial assistance. Exercise caution, seek advice on any proposed help, and be careful not to let the instinctive pull of your parental protectiveness overwhelm your own necessities.

10 March 2020 - Knowledge

Transfer of family businesses and transfer duty concessions


Traditionally family businesses have passed to younger generations through the process of succession. However, with an aging population, more and more families are looking for alternative ways to transition family businesses to younger generations during the life of their parents.

08 January 2020 - Knowledge

Buying and selling rural property in Queensland


The sale of rural property is unique. There are a number of key provisions that are required which are not contemplated by standard REIQ contracts of sale that must be addressed before a contract is signed.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Be ready for 2020

#Agribusiness, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Native Title, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Workplace Relations & Safety, #Procurement

New whistleblower requirements, increased pressure to protect data globally, turbulence in the communications sector, and intensifying drought management issues - 2020 is set to be a significant time of change across many industries.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Is your casual farm worker now a permanent employee?


Casual workers can be a fantastic resource for farmers ready to reap a bountiful harvest, or complete laborious one-off tasks on a property. 

12 November 2019 - Knowledge

Use of chemicals in the workplace: Are you complying with Queensland’s work health safety laws?


Chemicals have long been used in primary production. But these chemicals can be dangerous and increased enforcement of Queensland's work health safety laws mean that the safe use, handling, and storage of chemicals in the workplace is more essential than ever.

31 August 2016 - Knowledge

FWO horticulture-sector inquiry bears fruit: labour hire operator admits to multiple breaches of the Fair Work Act


Businesses and labour hire operators in the horticulture and viticulture sectors are in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) sights, as it continues its national Harvest Trail Inquiry...

23 August 2016 - Knowledge

New unfair term contract law will apply to Agribusiness


Australian unfair contract laws relevant to consumers will be extended to include small businesses as of 12 November 2016. A significant number of farmers and agricultural small businesses will be captured by the definition of a small business under the new laws...

16 August 2016 - Knowledge

ASIC consultation: Exemption of grain pools as financial products


The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commenced a consultation process on 10 August 2016 inviting industry submissions regarding whether the relief order granted to exempt operators of grain pools from onerous managed investment scheme provisions should continue...

23 November 2015 - Knowledge

Sale of Australia’s largest pastoral holding blocked in ‘national interest’


On 19 November 2015, Scott Morrison, Treasurer of Australia announced that he would not authorise the proposed acquisition by foreign investors of S. Kidman and Co. Limited...

16 November 2015 - Knowledge

Funding alternatives in agriculture

#Agribusiness, #Corporate & Commercial Law

From producers to haulage providers, Australian agribusiness has traditionally relied on conventional debt financing. Being captive to variable factors such as climate and cyclical business cycles, financial institutions often take a conservative approach to lending which has restricted the flow of funds...