fbpx
Your preferred office location:
  1. Home
  2. /
  3. Agribusiness Lawyers
  • Assisting farmers for over 100 years
  • Convenient regional and metropolitan locations in Albany, Bunbury, Mandurah, Joondalup and Perth
  • Holistic and practical legal solutions for your business, family and your future

HHG Legal Group has been assisting WA’s farming, viticulture, grain, dairy, fruit, aquaculture, livestock, and forestry sectors for over 100 years. We are committed to providing proactive legal advice to families, farmers, business, partnerships, corporations, entities, and individuals.

With a focus on delivering integrated legal solutions, our Agribusiness lawyers can help you achieve your business, property, and personal wealth objectives, by mitigating the risks across your personal and commercial interests.

As a highly experienced Agribusiness law firm across WA, we understand the unique issues associated with running a farm or agribusiness and our highly skilled team can assist you across the following areas:

Corporate & Commercial Advice

  • Farm Business and Farming Asset sales and acquisitions
  • Personal Property Securities Advice
  • Effective business structuring including family and farming trusts
  • Agistment agreements
  • Commercial disputes

Property & Leasing

  • Rural property acquisition and disposals
  • Commercial, industrial and rural/farm leasing
  • Easements and other access rights of farms
  • Bank documents, guarantees, mortgages, securities and farm mediation
  • Farm Debt Mediation Scheme advice
  • Property disputes

Employment & Safety

  • Employee and contractor advice, negotiations and contract drafting
  • Health & safety advice – including assistance with drafting policies and procedures
  • Termination and redundancy
  • Remuneration and employee / contractor entitlements
  • WorkSafe advice and representation
  • Managing the full suite of workplace disputes and litigation process

Will & Estates

  • Succession planning for farmers
  • Succession planning and the use of Binding financial agreements (in conjunction with FL)
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Guardianship and Advanced Health Directives
  • Obligations of attorneys acting under Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Contesting a Will and Estate Litigation

Family Law

  • Seasonal child custody arrangements
  • Property settlements specialising in farming families
  • The benefits of binding financial / pre-nuptial agreements (in conjunction with estate and business succession planning)
  • Restraining orders
  • Surrogacy and adoption advice

Criminal & Traffic

  • Extraordinary License applications
  • Weapons Act offences
  • Work Safe Offences and WorkCover Prosecutions
  • Assault/ other violent offences

If you are looking for an Agribusiness law firm that understands your business and will work with you to achieve ongoing success and stability for you and your family, we can help. Contact us for legal advice for your farm or business.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can assist you with the following:

  • Restructuring your farming business or partnership
  • Farming Leases
  • Farming succession and estate planning
  • Taxation advice
  • Risk Management
  • Share farming agreements
  • Property and commercial transactions
  • Enclosure permits
  • Planning and environmental rights
  • Native Title
  • Easements over Land
  • Access Rights
  • Employment contracts and workplace safety

We work with famers to provide tailored solutions to their problems. We work hand in hand with the farming community to assist them with everything from their Wills, succession planning, employment and workplace issues, leasing, environmental issues and the list goes on.

We understand that legal issues can be complex and that every farm is different and so is every farming family. This why we provide tailored legal solutions to your legal issues.

An agribusiness lawyer works with farmers and other businesses within the agriculture sector. This spans across many sub industries, including livestock, grain, dairy, fruit, aquaculture, wine and forestry.

As agribusinesses lawyers we assist those in all agriculture related services, ranging from production (a farmer working directly on the land), any services or goods required by the producer, and organisations and individuals who process, transport, and sell the end product.

An agribusiness lawyer may be referred to as a rural lawyer, agricultural lawyer, or farm / farmer lawyer.

The services provided by a lawyer working in agriculture can be vast and varied. Common issues we deal with include:

  • Estate planning and business succession;
  • Family law advice;
  • Preparing and reviewing contracts, including the sale or purchase of stock, goods, machinery, and services;
  • Dispute and litigation support and representation;
  • Employment and workplace health and safety matters;
  • Land access and compensation for mining activities;
  • Purchasing, selling and leasing land;
  • Firearms prosecutions;
  • Animal welfare issues;
  • Land clearing and environmental complaints;
  • Assisting with the sale or purchases of business;

Agribusiness lawyers provide a unique, wholistic approach and advice to your farm, business and family. Agribusiness lawyers understand what your family farm business, manufactory business, processing plant, livestock farm, poultry farm or apiary, aquaculture farm, commercial farm, dairy farm, dry farm, flower farm, hay farm, hobby farm or vineyard needs. We have experienced lawyers that have grown up on farms and understand the challenges your business and families face.

As our lawyers have this understanding and experience we are able to provide immediate legal advice in relation to the issue at hand and also provide any future advice and planning to ensure that your business and family are best equipped to minimalise any future legal issues or problem that could arise.


Matter Summaries

  • We have had a clients who own a farm and wanted to give their estate to their children under their Will. We gave them advice on how best to leave their estate given the trusts that have been set up to manager the farm and other business. We also drafted binding death nominations, Enduring Power of Attorneys and Enduring Power of Guardianships up for these clients.
  • We have had a clients who own a farm and wanted to give different amounts to different children their estate to their children under their Will. We gave them advice on the consequences of a Family Provision Act Claim due to the discrepancies between the children’s gifts under the Will.
  • We have also helped farmers with drafting leases for their famers and other properties.
  • We have also helped clients with boundary fence disputes for their farms and enabled an amicable result between the parties.
  • We had a client whose son died without a Will and had no partner or children. His parents had helped him out a lot and had re-mortgaged their house to assist their adult Child through life. Their other son had died before the current son and their other son they did not speak with. As their son died without a Will his estranged brother was entitled to a share of his estate. As there was more than $50,000 in the estate the parents had to apply for the letter of administration and then distribute his estate. If the son had a Will he could have directed who he wanted to inherit his estate and not provide for his brother.
  • Client’s husband had died without a Will. He was survived by our client and their 3 young child.  Estate value was approximately $700,000.  Client was entitled to first $50,000 of estate and then one third of balance (just over $200,000).  The remaining balance of the estate, about $430,000 was to be divided between the 3 young children but had to be held on trust for them until they reached 18.  The $250,000 received by our client was not sufficient to pay out the existing mortgage on the property, however if the husband had made a Will leaving his estate to his wife she would have received the whole $700,000 and would have been in a more stable financial position going forward.
  • The deceased’s mother lived in his property with him, however he never made a Will and so his estate was divided between his 2 brothers and his mother. Our instructions were that the deceased had wanted his mother to inherit his house so she always had somewhere to live.  Although his brothers agreed that they didn’t want to receive any of his estate and that it should all go to their mother, as no Will was made the estate had to be divided pursuant to the Administration Act.  The family agreed that their mother should receive the whole of the estate (which mostly made was made up of the property) even though the brothers could give up their interest in the estate, as it was real estate being transferred, transfer duty was payable on the the value of the property over and above what the mother was entitled to pursuant to the Admin Act.  If the deceased had gifted the property to his mother via Will only nominal duty ($20) would have been paid rather than thousands of dollars.

*This is general information only, and does not constitute specific legal advice. Please consult one of our experienced Legal Team for specific advice relevant to your situation.

Contact Us

Want to know more? Let’s Chat.

  • By clicking submit you agree to our Privacy Policy

Supporting Western Australians for more than 100 years

"Always fast and thorough service. Thank you"

Sitka Pil

"My circumstances at the time I made contact with HHG were dire following my argument being rejected by two no win no fee firms. Following my initial meeting with HHG's employment law team I was left feeling extremely positive by the response and concern shown by HHG in regards to their support of my argument along with their preparedness to pursue an outcome on my behalf.

I accept the fact that nobody really wins in these cases (mental health/ workplace) however the end result was what would be considered most favourable and far in excess of what would have been achieved had I not sought the advice from HHG.

I have no hesitation in recommending HHG to anyone caught up in the messy circumstances I found myself in at the time.

Great advice and five-star commitment to their client!!"

Nathan Lynch

"Thank you for such great assistance with the transaction of Flying Domestics on behalf of Lorna Good. It has been such a pleasure to work with the HHG Legal Group and I look forward to working with you in the future."

Jim Goodwin

"Simon Creek and his team were at all times empathic, professional and confident.  My matter needed to be addressed within a pressing time frame, and their availability at short notice and contact after hours was much appreciated.  It caused me considerable stress, but having such a thoroughly reliable and competent team to call on helped me to feel in control. Although I hope not to need their services again in future, I would be confident in doing so!"

Dr Lana Bell

"A good outcome is what we can expect.  A great outcome is a sign of a company which does the very best for their clients. A very big thank you to Daniel Morris for showing empathy towards my small and much needed legal action.

To HHG Legal Group, thank you for a great outcome.  I would recommend your company to anyone seeking legal services."

Jan Atkinson

"Your support this morning was amazingly kind, not to mention your totally reassuring competence, knowledge and wisdom that you used on my behalf.  It was extremely reassuring to have your knowledgeable support, and I particularly appreciated your real and obvious kindness to me. It means so much at a very difficult time. I'm so grateful to you."

Family Law Client

"Janene was very professional and we established a good rapport quickly. The subject of death and wills can be quite confronting to deal with, however, Janene's approach was soft and accommodating."

Lynette Livesey

"A big thank you to HHG for their professional service, continued support, and wide range of legal knowledge. Our clients have given us nothing but kind words regarding HHG Legal Group and so we have no hesitation in referring and recommending Simon Creek and HHG Legal Group for their outstanding services and legal expertise."

Nigel Plowman, Director at Mckinley Plowman & Associates

"Simon is a friendly and practical legal advisor. I have received great feedback from the clients I have referred to him and his team at HHG Legal Group."

Richard Beal, Director at BDO

"Over the last few years, I have been impressed by Simon’s legal ability, management skills, entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and people skills. He appears to be that rare breed of lawyer – both knowledgeable and commercial."

Michael Malone, Founder of iiNet

"Our family has been a client of HHG Legal Group over many years.  Business has included drawing up of wills for three generations and preparing of probate for my father in law. I would have no hesitation in recommending HHG Legal Group to anyone requiring such services."

Bernice Climie

"You should be congratulated for the manner in which your staff address clients and we found our dealings with your company, once again a very pleasant experience and we would like to truly thank you for your efforts."

Steve Harvey and Jane Powell

"HHG Legal were absolutely fantastic. Extremely responsive and brought calm to our chaotic family situation through their knowledge and caring attitude. Extremely professional from our very first contact with them and they expertly guided our family though the required legal process over almost a 12 month period."

Amanda Williamson

"Fantastic team! They really care about their client. Tim Colcutt is a 'go that extra mile' guy who gives his client his all. I can't recommend HHG and Tim enough."

Kerry Samson

"I had a fantastic lawyer in Matthew Lilly. He helped me out a great deal with good, sound advice in a friendly, professional manner. First class, thanks Matthew"

Graeme Hammond

"Marine Plant Systems has been working with HHG Legal Group for a few years now and they continually provide first-class service. Their professional advice has been invaluable to our company."

Carolin Grimm - Marine Plant Systems

"We were kept up to date at all times. Pricing was always updated over the time period so we remained "in budget". Personal access to someone whenever I had questions. All in all a great experience without too much fuss."

Rosslyn Tasker - COO Altusq Pty Ltd

"Good service you can count on."

Miles Lee

"HHG Legal Group has provided outstanding support as I have taken the journey of buying a business, their professionalism is beyond reproach. Their assistance throughout the Due Diligence process has been invaluable, I would fully recommend them."

Mark Armitage

"Very friendly and efficient service - what a pleasure working with Matthew."

Jacques Taylor

"I highly recommend Daniel from HHG Lawyer in Mandurah. When dealing with a complicated legal property matter recently I was extremely impressed by Daniel's honesty and integrity and the legal advice I received. I am very happy with the service from HHG Legal."

Tony Walker

"Lisa, thank you so much for representing me in court, honestly, I would not have had the outcome I got without you. Once again, Thank you so much."

Rikeisha

"Matthew Lilly was excellent in processing our project. He achieved the excellent result that we required on our project.

We would give Matthew a 5 star rating.

We will definitely commission Matthew for any further projects if we have the need."

Ray

"I have had the pleasure of being represented by Ms Lisa Riley. Lisa helped me in December 2020 when I was charged. Lisa was extremely supportive, reassuring, and preserved with her investigation of the laws and was able to save me from a terrible outcome. Another incident occurred in August 2021 in which I sought Lisa’s help. Lisa preserved and was very patient with me. This only got resolved this year. When she advised me that she was leaving her old firm, I insisted that she remain my lawyer, as I had the utmost faith in her. Hence I moved over to HHG. Lisa took no shortcuts in my defence and continued to preserve for the toxicology report that ultimately saved me. She kept me up-to-date with the progress and provided support. Having someone as understanding as Lisa was a huge gift, to me and my family. You have gained a huge asset in Lisa joining your firm.

Thank you, Lisa, forever grateful for your work, and if ever needed, I will be sure to refer to you"

Anonymous

"We can highly recommend HHG Legal Group and particularly Mr Blair Campbell (Special Counsel / Dispute Resolution)

Blair worked with us as we navigated a very difficult third party dispute.

Blair’s expertise, wisdom, and the way he guided us in a very measured and calm manner gave us great encouragement and comfort. Blair helped us to focus on what we needed to and to trust the process.

Blair was always responsive to us, he always got back to us very promptly to answer our questions and to help us to step through some really hard days.

We are very grateful for Blair’s expertise and wisdom along with his empathy and care, this truly made the difference for us."

Wayne and Janice Belcher

Preferred office location:

Please select your nearest office location so we can show you the most relevant information.