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Providing farmers a solid legal grounding for future growth and effective succession planning.

We understand that farming is not just a job. It’s a lifestyle that often mixes business and family enterprise and the emotion that comes with it.

We provide support to farmers of all types, from remote areas to national operations.

Farming in Australia holds a number of unique legal challenges. With vast regulation from Federal and State bodies, farmers can be overwhelmed with the amount of change that they need to comply and be updated with.

Although farming is one of the most regulated industries in the nation, it is also one of the most complex when considering the wide range of legal structures agriculture businesses adopt. Burke & Associates Lawyers’ farming clientele run a broad range of farming enterprises, from large scale corporations to family-owned operations.

The passing of the farming enterprise from one generation to the next also needs to be carefully considered, particularly balancing the competing interests of various family members and minimising potential challenges to the will, as well as the taxation implications associated with the transfer of asset.

Our teams work together to provide advice to our agriculture clients across all areas that affect their lives, which include all commercial, property, and governance matters, extending to business and succession planning.

Agriculture experience to help farming businesses and operations

  • Farm succession planning
  • Family and personal succession planning
  • Business structure
  • Corporate governance
  • Farming assets – sale and purchase of assets
  • Agreements and licences
  • Supplier contracts
  • Farm leases
  • Planning and environment matters
  • Levies and charges
  • Trusts
  • Dispute management – whether family disputes or broader

Our Farming Lawyers

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal
LL.B (HONS) GRAD DIP. L.P., GAICD.
Kristy heads the Property, Planning & Development practice at Burke & Associates Lawyers. She is a passionate lawyer with over a decade of experience in all aspects of property law and development.

Meghan Warren

Principal

Meghan Warren

Principal
LL.B GAICD
Meghan is one of the few lawyers in Australia admitted in the State (Victoria) and Federal jurisdictions of Australia, and as an Attorney at Law to the New York State Bar in the United States.

Rosy Roberts

Principal

Rosy Roberts

Principal
LL.B (Hons) B.A GAICD
Rosy has extensive experience in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution having represented clients in all Victorian State Courts, the Family Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. She is also a VCAT appointed...

Rohani Bixler

Special Counsel

Rohani Bixler

Special Counsel
LL.B (HONS) BA (PSYCH)
Rohani holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University, and has practiced exclusively in the areas of estate planning, deceased estate administration and estate litigation and disputes since...

George Hanger

Associate

George Hanger

Associate
LL.B BA
George was admitted to legal practice in May 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University.

Stewart Davis

Associate

Stewart Davis

Associate
As well as property law, Stewart has had exposure to VACT administration matters and commercial law, particularly servicing developer clients.

Shabitha Sumanathasa

Lawyer
Shabitha works in various other areas including litigation, family law and property law.