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Tom Hewitt leads Burges Salmon LLP’s practice, which advises clients including The Crown Estate, HSBC and high-net-worth individuals on multimillion-pound property transactions, tax advice and disputes. Alastair Morrison, Kevin Kennedy and Sian Edmunds are also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘highly skilled and personable’ practice specialises in tax, trust and estate management issues. The department is led by Christian Massey, David Marsden, and senior partner Christopher Page, who splits his time between London and Cheltenham.

Michelmores LLP’s practice handles farming partnership disputes and commercial farm transactions. Also recommended are Ben Sharples, who ‘understands the commercial realities of agricultural practice’; the ‘impressiveVivienne Williams; and Tom Hyde, who stands out for his ‘technical expertise’.

At Thrings LLP, newly promoted partner Russell Reeves represented high-net-worth individuals in a High Court farm ownership and inheritance dispute. Other clients include the National Farmers Union (NFU) and The Badminton Estate. Duncan Sigournay heads the department following Peter Cusick’s departure to Roythornes Solicitors.

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for lenders and estates on regulatory matters and rural property transactions. Tim Hayden leads the practice, which includes Rod Lloyd-Jones, Mark Buckerfield, and Rachael Crocker, who joined from Pardoes Solicitors LLP.

Foot Anstey is ‘one of the leading firms’ for tenancy disputes, estate transmission and farm partnerships. Joel Woolf leads the practice, which includes Edward Venmore, who was promoted to legal director. Clients include the Bolitho Estate, Lloyds Bank and the NFU.

Stephens Scown LLP advises estates in Devon and Cornwall and agricultural businesses seeking commercial advice. Phil Reed leads the practice, which includes Susie Murray, who handles farm acquisitions and disposals.

Trethowans LLP undertakes secured lending work for banks including Clydesdale Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken AB. Practice head Marcus Thorpe handles farm and estate transactions, tenancies, sporting rights and renewable energy work.

Ashfords LLP acts for landed estates in succession planning, sporting rights and property issues. For some, practice head Darren Blackburn is ‘the best conveyancing solicitor’.

At Blanchards Bailey LLP, practice head Paul Dunlop conducts agricultural litigation and Sarah Heath leads on property matters.

Bond Dickinson LLP advises landowners on land developments and option agreements. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and experiencedRobert Drewett heads the team.

Farnfields LLP handles inheritance and tax planning, trust and estate administration, and generational planning. Senior partner and department head Susan Lacey is ‘a pleasure to deal with’.

At Mogers Drewett LLP, solicitor Jonathan Cheal is noted for his ‘impressive’ knowledge of rights of way issues. Frank Collins took over as practice head after Richard Pinney joined Knights Professional Services Limited.

Willans LLP provides partnership and land registration services to farming and estate clients. Robin Beckley, who joined from Lodders Solicitors LLP, now leads the team following the departure of Frank Smith.

Wilsons’ Alison Bailey specialises in rural property and advises landowners on developing greenfield sites. Consultant Robert Swift concentrates on farm and estate transactions.

Royds Withy King advises lender clients on tenancy and financing matters. Angus Williams is noted for his knowledge of rural property.

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    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.

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