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Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘team of sector experts’ acted for The Co-operative Group on its £250m sale of agricultural land, the biggest on the open market for a generation. Other work includes tenancy disputes and successions. Kevin Kennedy, one of three team leaders, gives ‘refreshingly pragmatic advice’ on contentious matters; Alastair Morrison advises on agricultural property transactions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is a ‘specialist in conveyancing and trust work’, which it carries out for high-profile landed clients. Christopher Page and the ‘proactive and practicalChristian Massey are department heads, and associate Tristram van Lawick is recommended.

Michelmores LLP advises estate trustees and other agriculture stakeholders on rent reviews, sale disputes and proprietary estoppel. The twelve-partner team is led by Peter Williams.

Thrings LLP has ‘a national standing in the agricultural law field’, handling work such as multimillion-pound partnership disputes and regulatory matters. Russell Reeves acted for a poultry industry gangmaster in a licence application following allegations of illegal employment practices. Peter Cusick heads the seventeen-partner department.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s clients include estate owners and lenders, and the practice advises on sales of land, adverse possession, regulation and estate planning. The ‘excellent’ Rod Lloyd-Jones is one of three leaders in a seven-partner team.

Foot Anstey handles estate transmission, high-value tenant disputes, and agricultural criminal law. Joel Woolf heads the team. Clients include the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association and the NFU.

Stephens Scown LLP acts for landowners on sales, wind farms and interest rate swap litigation. The practice advised Cornish Orchards on the sale of its cider business to Fullers. Phil Reed is team head.

Trethowans LLP acts for financial services providers, such as Standard Chartered and Clydesdale Bank, on secured lending. Marcus Thorpe advises purchasers of land, and Kelvin Farmaner defends animal liability claims for Cornish Mutual Assurance.

Willans LLP’s team provides ‘prompt, professional and trustworthy’ advice on transactions, shooting rights and first registrations of land. Frank Smith is ‘knowledgeable, practical and pragmatic.

Ashfords LLP advises on purchases, tenancies and estate planning; Darren Blackburn leads the team.

At Battens Solicitors Limited, James Owen advises clients on rights of way and agricultural tenancies.

Blanchards Bailey LLP is ‘very good in all departments’. Sarah Heath ‘gets things done’ on transactions, and Paul Dunlop handles agricultural labour work.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team advises on sales of private land, compulsory purchase orders and overage agreements for clients including the National Trust.

Davies and Partners is an ‘extremely proactive firm of solicitors’ that aids clients on equestrian issues and development. Senior consultant John Fisher is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable.

Everys’ managing partner James Griffin works on matters involving firearms and fox hunting legislation.

At Lodders Solicitors LLP, Robin Beckley is ‘renowned for providing commercially astute and clear advice’ on issues such as manorial rights and promotion agreements.

Loxley Legal Services LLP handles renewables, sporting rights and forestry matters. The boutique firm has five partners.

Mogers Drewett LLP’s ‘extremely efficient and professional’ team formed when Mogers and Dyne Drewett merged in June 2014. Jonathan Cheal has ‘a sharp mind for disentangling legal documents’ on rights-of way-issues.

Pardoes advises on agricultural tenancies, grants of easements and farming partnership disputes .

Wilsons provides an ‘excellent’ service, with ‘high business acumen and knowledge of the industry’ on matters including off-market sales of farmland, development, and agricultural divorces.

Withy King LLP provides business, family and estate advice to farmers, and securities assistance to lenders.

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Legal Developments in South West for Agriculture and estates

  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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    Government moves to force people to justify the source of their wealth will make the right legal representation even more crucial.

    How to build an investment fraud defence case that disproves prosecution allegations of dishonesty.

    With a town council now officially facing a fraud investigation, we examine what individuals in such a large body should do if they come under suspicion.
  • The risks of liberation

    The dangers that pension liberation and money laundering pose to those involved in pension funds and management.

    What has been achieved since the introduction of the Act that was intended to tackle bribery in business?

    Five banks being fined £3.6 billion in the US for manipulating forex is a stark reminder of the legal risks involved in currency trading. Here, Aziz Rahman of Rahman Ravelli examines how the brokers and the traders in forex can avoid legal problems.
  • Foreign Intercepts

  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

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