About Us

History

Ian Blackman and Chris Spargo practiced law in a large provincial law firm in Rotorua.  In 2003 they came to the realisation that rural work gave them the most fulfilment.  The clients with whom they formed the closest relationships were farming families.  They liked and respected farmers’ down-to-earth approach.

This led Ian and Chris to a decision, which many considered to be foolhardy at the time, to create a new law firm committed to the rural sector and to farming families.  They formed BlackmanSpargo in 2003 and have been going from strength to strength ever since.

Sandy Van Den Heuvel and Rachel Petterson joined Ian and Chris as owners and directors in 2015 resulting in a business that is built to last and which will span generations of farming families.

Philosophy

BlackmanSpargo believes in rural New Zealand and we want to help keep the farming industry thriving.

Mission Statement

BlackmanSpargo is a specialist law firm dedicated to the rural sector.

Vision

BlackmanSpargo, the leading “go to” rural legal advisers

Core Values

To achieve our vision, we will commit to our non-negotiable values:

  • Professionalism
  • Honesty
  • Respectfulness
  • Fairness
  • Excellence
  • Delivering successful outcomes
  • Sharing a passion for the rural sector
  • Having an enjoyable, supportive work environment and collaboration
  • Realising the potential of our team

Our Awards

We are proud of our awards:

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Winner Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Finalist Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

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Winner Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Finalist Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

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Winner Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Winner Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

Finalist Boutique Law Firm of the Year

2014   

Finalist Boutique Law Firm of the Year

2013   

First Runner-up Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

2012   

Finalist Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Finalist Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Finalist Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

2011   

Finalist Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Finalist Property & Construction

Finalist Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

2010   

Finalist Boutique Law Firm of the Year

2009   

Supreme Winner Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

Finalist Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

2008   

Winner Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

First Runner-up Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Finalist Boutique Law Firm of the Year

2007   

Winner Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Winner Employer of Choice (<50 employees)

2006   

Winner Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year