Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny

Phone: +61 7 3231 8849


I believe in strong professional and personal relationships, and have built these over time with not only clients but also with leading service providers and advisors to the farming and grazing industries. These relationships have also benefited my clients.

I am joint head of Thynne + Macartney’s team of Agribusiness lawyers and have been involved in many of the major rural property transactions that have taken place in Northern Australia in both the broad-acre farming and grazing sectors over the last 30 years, working with clients to break down regulatory and other barriers along the way.

I have helped clients find a way through the often complex laws relating to structuring, taxation, stamp duty, land tenures, water rights, vegetation management and native title in the context of rural property transactions. Many of my clients are household names in the agricultural sector.

A significant number of businesses and individuals have been affected in recent years by mineral and gas exploration and production activities. As a result, I have negotiated and litigated difficult compensation and access arrangements in the Land Court on behalf of rural landowners, using my expertise to give clients more control of the outcome and better security.

My family was involved in the grazing industry in western Queensland and I understand the importance of succession planning for business owners in the agricultural sector. Many of my clients are second and third generation.



Peter has been appointed as a Senior Counsellor for the Queensland Law Society.


Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers (Australia)

  • Agriculture & Rural Affairs (2013-2021 ed.)
    • Lawyer of the Year – Agriculture & Rural Affairs (2016 & 2018)

Doyle’s Guide (Queensland)

  • Agribusiness – Market Leader (2020)
  • Agribusiness – Preeminent (2016-2019)

Lawyers Weekly – Australian Law Awards

  • Property Team of the Year – Finalist (2017, 2020)

My agriculture clients have included ASX listed companies, private companies, offshore investors, large family owned enterprises and intergenerational landholders.

I was admitted to practice as a solicitor in December 1982 after completing articles of clerkship with the Brisbane office of what is now a global law firm.

I am an active member of the Queensland Environmental Law Association.