Australian agriculture plays a very important role in our economy.  Government in Australia does not appear to place as much emphasis on agriculture as other countries in the world do e.g. the UK and America.   

Food security in recent times has become a controversial topic with foreign investors acquiring agricultural land and businesses in Australia.  It is one thing for a government to fail to subsidise the agricultural industry, but it is a completely different proposition for a government to allow foreign interests to acquire Australian agricultural land and ultimately the means of food production. Energy and resource companies regularly compete for the right to prospect and to drill on high quality agricultural land.  Water and bio security issues are paramount, skills shortages prevail, government threatened to tax backpacker income at an unreasonable rate and government enquiries can lead to new and more complex regulations.                     
Bob is qualified in two legal systems.  Prior to emigrating to Australia in 1992, he was the agricultural partner in one of the largest East of Scotland legal practices at the time.  His experience extends throughout the UK and Europe including dealings with the European Economic Community.  Bob also has extensive experience in Australia, particularly in Queensland both in the outback and on the coast.
We provide comprehensive legal advice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters including compliance risk and strategy, banking and finance, property, succession planning, dispute resolution and numerous other matters relating to the agricultural industry.  We carry out company audits to assist in identifying and complying with a complex series of rules and regulations.
Bob, as a qualified company director, is also able to offer his services as a non-executive director in larger farming enterprises who wish an independent viewpoint to determine future direction. 

Take the opportunity of speaking with a man with over 40 years of experience in the law and a passion for agriculture, diversification of agricultural interests and personal contact with clients.
Bob's paralegal, Kim, has experience also in this sector having previously worked in an agricultural accountancy practice in Roma as well as working within the Department of Primary Industries delivering business planning workshops for producers within the agricultural industry, particularly grain and cattle producers.

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