Agribusiness

Our Practice

Agribusiness is a wide industry with a variety of complex legal needs across rural, farming and fresh produce businesses.  Our agribusiness clients range from family owned businesses and individuals to corporate businesses and multinational companies throughout Queensland, and we pride ourselves on having extensive experience in all aspects of agribusiness law.

At Shand Taylor Lawyers, we are uniquely placed to assist in all legal aspects of your agribusiness by providing strategic, practical and commercially effective legal advice and solutions.  We are passionate and pride ourselves on our ability to service our rural clients in all aspects of their business.

Our Expertise

Our agribusiness team has experience in:

  • acquisitions and sales of rural properties and businesses, including compiling due diligence on transactions and advising on the structuring of purchasing entities
  • sales of water licenses, livestock and other rural business assets
  • advising on the revenue implications of rural commercial transactions, including stamp duty, land tax, GST and land valuation issues
  • advising and assisting with all types of land and resource agreements including grazing and farming leases, licence agreements (such as agistment agreements), and share farming agreements
  • establishment of structures such as companies, family trusts, partnerships etc for participants within the industry, together with the drafting of governing documents such as shareholder and partnership agreements, joint venture and development agreements, horticulture produce agreements and general management and consultancy agreements
  • all aspects of planning, development and environmental law, including advising and prosecuting claims for compensation for mining and gas activities, and statutory resumptions
  • complex estate planning for agricultural family businesses and intergenerational farm transfers
  • assisting with farm debt mediation
  • dispute resolution and commercial litigation particularly including insolvency and debt recovery
  • advising on compliance with competition and consumer law, and industry-specific codes and rules such as the Horticulture Code of Conduct and the Grain Trade Australia Trade Rules
  • advising on employment and workplace health and safety issues within the industry
  • advising on intellectual property and patents within the industry

Our Team

Please refer your enquiries to:

Brad Clark, Partner
(07) 3307 4527
bclark@shandtaylor.com.au

Fraser Hardman, Special Counsel
(07) 3307 4512
fhardman@shandtaylor.com.au