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  1. Agriculture and estates
  2. Leading individuals

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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    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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