B.A, LL.B, University of Otago
Tim Black’s specialty areas of practice are farming and agribusiness, high-end relationship property and trusts. His expertise and interest in relationship property and trust law has arisen out of his work with the farming sector over the years. He enjoys the diversity of the sector and the people.
Farming businesses have steadily become more and more complex and the challenges that farmers face have become more complicated as well. There are a myriad of issues ranging from transactional and contractual issues to succession planning, compliance, structuring and relationship property issues. Tim likes working alongside the hard working, innovative people in this sector who have a down-to-earth, ‘can do’ attitude.
Before joining Anderson Lloyd in 2005, Tim spent 14 years practising in Balclutha which brought him into contact with a wide range of clients, particularly in the rural sector. Since 2005, he has overseen Anderson Lloyd’s Personal Client practice, while maintaining his personal interest in farming and agribusiness, high-end relationship property matters and trust law.
Tim is passionate about delivering commercially pragmatic solutions to his clients in a way they can connect with and understand. While it’s really important to be completely up with legal developments and to have specialist expertise, it’s equally important to be able to translate that into a workable way ahead and to communicate those solutions in way that ensures clients have an investment in them.
Tim is a board member of Kings High School Board of Trustees and the Dunedin Civic Orchestra (Southern Sinfonia). He is also the treasurer of the Family Law Section National Executive of the New Zealand Law Society and a member of the NZLS working party on review of trust law. He was formerly on the Clutha Agricultural Development Board and President of Clutha District Chamber of Commerce.
Tim is closely involved with New Zealand Law Society input into the Law Commission’s current review of trust law and is an acknowledged expert in succession planning for agribusiness having run seminars on the topic for the NZLS.