Johnston Withers

Agricultural lawyers.

With over 40 years’ agricultural law experience in rural South Australia, we’re familiar with the unique needs of the state’s agriculture sector.

We’ve proudly served regional South Australia since 1982, so our team of agricultural lawyers have unique expertise in the law as it relates to life on the land.

When experience matters, you can trust Johnston Withers Lawyers to share your values and understand the joys and challenges of rural life.

From farm debt mediation to understanding Australian wine laws, when you need a country lawyer with experience navigating agricultural law in Australia, our team is here to provide specialised, on the ground advice.

Our agri-law services

Our agricultural lawyers provide reputable advice and assistance throughout South Australia with offices in Clare, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs and Whyalla.

We can help you with:

  • Estate and succession planning for rural families, as well as assistance in estate litigation when succession planning hasn’t worked out as planned.

  • Protecting family assets, particularly during marriage and separation.

  • Preparing business contracts for farms, vineyards and farming industry suppliers and service providers.

  • Negotiating with mining companies, renewable energy operators (more on this here), government agencies and others.

  • Rural litigation issues, including lease disputes, family farm disputes, farm debt mediation, and specific claims or matters such as crop losses, defective machinery, and product liability issues.

  • Managing employment issues for farmworkers, farmers, wineries, and other rural businesses. (You can find more information about our employment law services here.)

  • Share farming agreements, leases, partnership agreements, processing agreements, company and trust formation and structuring advice, and will and estate disputes (more on those here).

  • Conveyancing services, including expert advice on stamp duty exemptions for family farms and other complex transactions.

  • Divorce and separation issues including assisting with how to deal with property division of farming assets.

Meet the agri-law team

Johnston Withers Lawyers Andrew Mitchard

Andrew Mitchard

Managing director
Anthony Mauriello - Johnston Withers Lawyers

Anthony Mauriello

Practice Leader: Property
Johnston Withers Lawyers Caitlin Walkington 2

Caitlin Walkington

Practice leader: Litigation
Jason Bell - Johnston Withers Lawyers

Jason Bell

Senior lawyer
Kirsty Bennett - Johnston Withers Lawyers

Kirsty Bennett

Practice leader: Commercial

News and views from the agri-law team

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6 things farmers should know about solar & wind farm lease agreements

Renewable energy projects can be low-stress revenue streams for farmers to earn regular income through good years and bad ones. To make the decision process easier, we’ve spelled out what farmers need to know before signing a solar or wind farm lease agreement.

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Do you want your family to reap what you sow?

As part of our estate and succession planning practice Johnston Withers provides advice to our rural clients about inter-generational transfers of farming land and farming businesses.

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Farm Debt Mediation

The South Australian Parliament passed the Farm Debt Mediation Act (‘the Act’) in late 2018 in order to provide a mechanism for ‘the efficient and equitable resolution of farm debt disputes’.

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From grape growers to farm managers, we’re proud to have helped thousands of South Australians navigate rural life’s unique legal challenges.

When experience matters, we’re here to help you too.

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