At AWS Legal, we know it’s not easy running a business, and it’s even harder when you’re miles off the beaten track and that is where top legal advice comes into play.

We have hundreds of rural clients based from one end of New Zealand to the other – be it from Southland to Te Kao. Our specialist knowledge and commitment to service also see clients from around the world choose AWS Legal’s team to advise on their business interests.

What makes our rural lawyers different?

Our client base covers the full spectrum – from individuals to multinationals, investors to career farmers. We’ve been at the legal forefront of the farm boom, sought out to advise on hundreds of millions of dollars worth of transactions, including many of the largest New Zealand has ever seen.

Our approach, underscored by state-of-the-art technology, means whether you’re in Holland or the Hokonui Hills, out in the paddock or in one of our six offices, you’ll enjoy the same comprehensive, up to the minute legal support.

No matter the location, no matter the challenge, our focus is firmly on getting the job done – and done well. Wherever we’re working, we have instant access to ground-breaking legal decisions and draw on the full support and experience of Southland’s largest law firm.

Our size, expertise and resources are unusual for a provincially-based firm. These strengths mean our rural clients enjoy access to comprehensive legal support – including dedicated Business, Disputes Resolution, Employment and Private Client teams – plus the efficiency of dealing with one firm, without compromising on quality. We extend these services across Southland and throughout New Zealand.

Our rural team’s specialties include:

  • Rural business structures
  • Rural property – leasing, sales and purchases
  • Rural lending
  • Dairy company shareholdings
  • Equity partnerships and syndication
  • Farm succession
  • Grazing agreements
  • Local Government compliance
  • Sharemilking and Contract Milking Agreements


Our Team

Click on the links below to meet our team and learn how they can help you:


Toni Green
Aaron Drake
Dave Gibson
Chris Menzies

Robbie McKenzie
Tim Marshall
Tim Marshall
Eugene Roud




Supported by Law Clerk Micaela Riley in Invercargill, and Kristina Farrell and Kim Whipp in Alexandra, and PAs Helen Copeland and Brittany Lawson