Mark Dineen


+64 3 364 3804

+64 27 707 0727


Mark brings a unique blend of legal expertise in agribusinesses of all sizes, and an approach grounded in sixteen years experience as a stock agent. Admitted to the bar in 2004, Mark’s is a pragmatic, collaborative and flexible style honed over years of coming to know the sector and its people.

His passion for agribusiness, insights into what goes on behind the farm gate and ongoing connections within the sector mean his clients get advice that is grounded in the real world.
He understands the issues that those in agribusiness grapple with every day – as well as the many opportunities on offer.

Mark prides himself on being accessible, providing ‘solid, pragmatic solutions’, and bringing clients a specialist industry lens as well as a broad full-service offering.

“People come for legal advice, but what they are really here for is solutions to problems,” Mark says. “We provide manageable solutions, and understand that although agribusiness is a business, some issues are sensitive and some are intensely private. We see the people behind the transactions.”

Key Transactions


  • The purchase of a New Zealand record, for the highest price paid for a dairy farm at auction. Led the side deal negotiations and agreements in respect to conditions of settlement with multiple parties.
  • The restructure of a large New Zealand based Dairy Partnership in excess of $200m using a number of legal entities together with securing and negotiating the finance arrangement.
  • An out of court settlement with a financial institution in respect of specific financial instruments.
  • The sales process and disposal of new livestock species to New Zealand.
Mark has previously spent 18 years as an owner and partner of a national law firm based in Christchurch.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Canterbury

Admission to the Bar

  • New Zealand, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • Full Member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society

Mark has a long-standing interest in cycling, multisport events and art. He was a rugby player for many years and played in New Zealand and France.

Contributed Articles

  • Avoiding and dealing with sharemilking disputes

    The end of the dairy season is here, so many sharemilking arrangements are coming to a close or are set to be renewed. For those of you who have entered Federated Farmers Contract Milking Agreements (Agreement), here are some points you should be mindful of when entering and exiting those Agreements. Many differences and disputes […]