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Civil litigation results

Our Results

We have acted on a range of rural based disputes for farmers and other agribusiness based clients.


Whaittiri Potato Co Ltd v CR Grace Ltd(2009) 6 NZ ConvC 194,707

We acted for two Rangitikei farmers in a claim against them for the rights to crops of potatoes grown on their land by a former tenant.

The lease was terminated due to the default of the tenant who went into liquidation. The liquidators of the tenant and the tenant's bank (claiming under the PPSA under a security interest) claimed they were entitled to the crops.

The Court held under the law of emblements that the tenant and its bank had no right to these types of crops where the lease ended due to the default of the tenant. The crops in the ground reverted to the owners of the land.

Read the full judgment here >

Other Rural Results:

We acted for the owners of a horse-stud. Early one morning a prized stallion, Victory Dance, leased by the stud, was kidnapped by people engaged by the owners who wanted the stallion back.


We were engaged and under urgency obtained an ex parte interim injunction and went about trying to track down the stallion. We were able to prevent the stallion being air-freighted overseas.

We have dealt with several claims involving growers against exporters and overseas buyers with good results.