VFF Legal Panel Members

Shiff & Company is a Melbourne law firm servicing clients from a range of backgrounds, with specific experience acting for agricultural clients including farmers, brokers, handlers and primary producers.

We are a full-service law firm and our practice includes:
-Business structuring and acquisitions and disposals of farming businesses
-Farming disputes and debt recovery
-Registration of securities (such as farming equipment) under the Personal Property Securities Act
-Property transactions and transfers of all types
-Subdivisions and other property development
-Commercial leasing for both landlords and tenants
-Intellectual property
-Private client services including wills and estates and family law.

We invest in building long term relationships with our clients and understanding their businesses. Our advice is always tailored to each client’s commercial reality and desired outcomes.

Contact: Michael Levy, Partner
p: 8611 0404
e: mlevy@shiffco.com.au


Harwood Andrews is one of Victoria’s leading law firms, with a long-standing record of providing specialised legal services
to family business and individuals working and living in regional and rural areas of Australia.

Harwood Andrews are proud and long-time supporters of the communities in which we operate and, as a firm, believe in the benefits of building strong and meaningful community partnerships.

Harwood Andrews Lawyers has 13 individual principals, special counsel and associates who have specialist accreditations, with the firm now holding specialisations in 9 distinct practice areas.

Contact Rod Payne, principal
m: 0407 268 541
p:  5226 8541
f:   5225 5222
e:  rpayne@ha.legal
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Berry Family Law is a firm specialising solely in the practise of family and relationship law. The Professional team consists of thirteen lawyers, six of whom are accredited Family Law Specialists. The firm has offices in the CBD and Williamstown. Specialisation: Family Law.

Contact: Peter Berry
p: 03 9397 2488
e: pberry@berryfamilylaw.com.au
162 Ferguson Street Williamstown Victoria, 3016


Russell Kennedy Lawyers has one of Victoria’s largest and most experienced environment and planning law teams. Our clients include primary producers, agri-businesses, developers, local councils and water businesses.Specialisation: Environmental Law, Planning Law.

Contact: Ian Pridgeon 
p: 03 9609 1555
Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000


Oldham Naidoo Lawyers has had an association with the VFF for over 60 years. We are a full service commercial law firm with a broad range of experience in dealing with the issues confronting agribusiness participants, including farmers, handlers, brokers and producers.

Specialisation: Contracts, Property, Leasing, Building and Construction, Wills and Estates, Family Law, Primary Production and Agricultural Law, Planning, Environment and Water Law, Government and Local Council Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Contact: Renishka Naidoo-Weisse, Managing Partner or David Wills, Lawyer
p: 03 9640 0002
e: renishka@oldhamnaidoo.com.au or david@oldhamnaidoo.com.au
Level 1, 552 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Nevett Ford's particular expertise is in the areas of corporate and business law, migration, litigation and dispute resolution, family law, mediation, property and conveyancing, wills, estate planning and probate. The firm has Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialists in a number of areas including immigration law and family law.

Contact: Mr Andrew Lumb 
p: 9614 7111
e: alumb@nevettford.com.au 
Level 42 South Tower Rialto 
525 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 DX 490

Mendelsons is the legal arm of Prushka and has a 36 year history of helping farmers collect their debts. The service is NO RECOVERY – NO CHARGE. Offices across regional Victoria.

Contact: Nicky Ryan, Client Relationships Manager.
p: 9872 7243
e: nkn@prushka.com.au 
8 Station Street Mitcham 3132



Madgwicks is a progressive business law firm servicing local, national and international clients. Our personnel pride themselves on responsive legal services driven by a passion for client success.

Our lawyers strive to provide accessible and professional legal solutions, with our suite of legal services including:

-Business Services
-Corporate Equity and Finance
-Farming & Agriculture
-Estate Planning & Wealth Management
-Funds Management & Superannuation
-Insolvency & Reconstruction
-Intellectual Property
-Litigation & Dispute Resolution
-Property & Construction
-Taxation & Revenue

Contact: any of our lawyers
p: 03 9242 4744
f: 03 9242 4777


Withnell & Co is a property and commercial law firm which opened in Beechworth in September 2015. Its principal, Rod Withnell, has over 30 years experience initially in Sydney and more recently in Albury/Wodonga.

Our practice areas in the Agribusiness sector include:

-Sale and Purchase of Farms
-Sale and Purchase of Farm Related Businesses
-Leasing of Farms
-Share Farming Agreements
-Farm Succession Plans and Agreements
-Water Rights
-Wine Law
-Crown Land permits, licences and acquisitions
-Wills, Estates & Powers of Attorney
-Dispute Resolution

Contact: Rod Withnell
p: 03 5728 2400
f: 03 5728 2066
e: admin@withnellandco.com.au
29a Camp Street, Beechworth 3747