Richard Smith

Present Position

Lawyer specialising in Dispute Resolution

Professional Experience

Richard has over 30 years experience in the primary industries. He has some 20 years experience in negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration in commercial, dairy farming, sheep and beef farming and family disputes. Those disputes have included estates and trusts as well as general contract and employment issues. He has also been involved in various court and arbitral proceedings in relation to primary industry issues.

Career Summary

Richard's career has seen involvement in most primary industries. He has broad experience in most aspects of farm and business management at consultancy, supervisory and practical levels. The management and supervisory roles have particular emphasis on primary industry businesses and families in crisis.


AMINZ Rural List

Resolution Institute - Professional Member

Sport Waikato Mediation Panel


Bachelor of Laws - LL.B.

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Commercial Pilot Licence (A).