Chris Menzies


Chris joined the AWS Legal Rural Team at the beginning of 2010, after completing his Law degree at Otago University in 2009.

Whilst supporting Rural Partner, Aaron Drake, Chris is also developing his own client base dealing predominantly with contract milkers and sharemilkers

“These men and women are the next tier of farm owners who have real commitment and drive in the industry. I see it as vital to support these farmers for both the continuation and growth of what is one of New Zealand’s most important industries.”

Born and raised in Lochiel, and going to school in Winton, Chris has strong ties to the rural community, and jumped at the opportunity to come home and work in the field of rural law.

“The rural industry is an ever changing and developing industry which is great to be a part of, and I enjoy working alongside clients and finding solutions to the challenges it brings.”

Whilst dealing with contract milkers and sharemilkers, Chris also advises on farm sale and purchase transactions, equity partnerships, shareholders agreements, leases amongst other areas and has recently completed a Succession Course through Massey University.

When not in the office, Chris has a high interest in sports and the outdoors, playing rugby, cricket and basketball, whilst also getting out and fishing as much as possible.

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