Rochelle Farmer

Senior Associate

Rochelle is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Team. Rochelle joined Govett Quilliam in 2019 after five years at a Wellington law firm working as a law clerk and lawyer.


Rochelle is a specialist corporate and commercial lawyer. She focuses on giving advice that is both pragmatic and legally accurate.

Rochelle advises clients on commercial structures and relationships, company law, share transactions, and governance advice. She works on sales and purchases of businesses, complex commercial agreements, company constitutions and shareholders agreements, commercial leasing, and other matters.

Rochelle’s wide range of clients includes commercial property owners with extensive holdings, councils, national infrastructure companies, corporates, medical practices, wineries and large farming operations, hospitality groups, and business start-ups.

Having recently been seconded to a large energy corporate as in-house counsel, Rochelle has a robust understanding of the energy sector, the challenges it faces, and the need for timely, pragmatic advice which enables executive leadership to make sound decisions.

Rochelle also has several years’ experience specialising in employment law, health and safety, and privacy. She has advised on restructures and change management processes, disciplinary investigations, performance management, and has conducted workplace investigations. She appeared in the Employment Relations Authority and was previously a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Wellington Law Society.

Outside of Govett Quilliam

Rochelle is the Chair of Sport Taranaki. She is passionate about the role of sport and exercise in the development of young people and is interested in people’s overall well-being; including mental health, nutrition, exercise, and being connected in the community.

Rochelle loves spending time outdoors in beautiful Taranaki, particularly tramping, running, and going to the beach. She also enjoys reading novels (especially classics), spending time with her family, and cooking healthy food.

I cannot speak highly enough of GQ, Rochelle Farmer and her services. Rochelle has been dedicated to achieving results for us in our business share purchase. It has been a long process and we have felt completely 'safe' in her hands. Because of Rochelle, this process has been less stressful and we have felt reassured the whole way. We will be recommending GQ to anyone and everyone. Such a brilliant team - thanks so much!

Jonny & Katie Bollond

Having engaged with Rochelle Farmer for our commercial law needs I have found her to be extremely professional, approachable and thorough. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services to any business.

Lee Emmerson

Recently I met Rochelle who helped me understand and gain new knowledge around commercial lease and setting up my business. She was incredibly thorough and her level of communication was exactly what I needed being my first time starting up. She understood how we wanted to have it all set up and offered advice so there were no loose ends. Highly recommend, Thanks again!!

Nicole Bourne

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