Preston Law - Cairns Largest Law Firm



Preston Law has a long association with farmers, graziers, and other agribusiness clients who we capably advise and represent on the legal, commercial, and government regulation issues that impact their commercial operations and lifestyle.

Our understanding of the fluctuating commercial challenges unique to this sector mean our lawyers achieve success for clients in their legal affairs, including managing their risk profile, and supporting sustainable business strategies.

Our services

Our agribusiness lawyers provide comprehensive advice on issues relating to:

  • Lease renewals and conversion to freehold
  • Vegetation management approvals and appeals
  • Water licences and allocations
  • Native title and cultural heritage clearances
  • EPBC Act environmental clearances
  • Family property succession planning
  • Rural conveyancing
  • Agribusiness litigation
  • Property plans, nature conservation, and property management agreements
  • Indigenous land use and access agreements
  • Mining
  • Administrative law and appeals

Contact us for expert advice on your agribusiness law matters.

Results for clients

  • Acting for graziers in resisting prosecutions for tree clearing
  • Appealing rejection of tree clearing approvals
  • Obtaining EPBC Act clearances
  • Freeholding term leases
  • Acting for a Vendor in the disposal of a $2.5 million chicken farm, which involved the sale of farmland, business and water allocation. The transaction was structured as two separate contracts with contemporaneous completion dates
  • Acting in the sale of an organic farming property and business, which included the sale of water allocations and licenses and advising on vendor financing terms, security arrangements and the effects of the Personal Property Securities Act
  • Acting for a family corporation taking proceedings against one of the big four banks in the Queensland Supreme Court for breaches of s52 of the Trade Practices Act. We recovered in excess of $2M in compensation for our client
  • Completing due diligence investigations in relation to the acquisition of a $40M pastoral allocation and cattle herd exceeding 40,000 head
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