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Now more effectively able to represent clients throughout both the east and west of the country following the merger with Glamorgan Law in April 2017, JCP Solicitors's multi-disciplinary team has the critical mass to handle a significant volume and diversity of work covering the full spectrum of agriculture-related work including succession advice, wills, sales and purchases, as well as contentious trust and probate matters, and contract and property disputes. Team head Rory Hutchings is 'very knowledgeable' about rural issues, particularly from a property law perspective; he recently successfully represented a family in a dispute with the owner of common adjacent to their farm, over which they have registered rights of common. Hutchings also regularly handles appeals for farming clients when their subsidy payment is reduced as a result of alleged breaches of the subsidy scheme rules. Fluent Welsh speaker, Carmarthen-based associate Alice Dearden Cobbett  has a real affinity for rural issues and has enhanced the firm's rural practice since her arrival in April 2017, particularly in relation to complex land disputes and equine matters. Associate Myria Griffiths handles non-contentious property work within the rural sector including advice on the sale and purchase of farms and agricultural land. Ffion Lloyd recently departed to work in-house for a local authority. Clients include National Farmers Union, Wales Young Farmers Club and Sketty Park Estate.

Benefiting from 'strong ties with the local community', Gabb and Co handles a range of property and private client work for farming clients based in mid-and-south Wales. Senior partner David Lloyd regularly handles agricultural and rural property matters as part of his property practice. The 'knowledgeable and empathetic' Dawn Sullivan handles probate, wills and estates work for many of the firm's farming clients.

Leveraging the firm's overarching expertise at wealth management, private client, property and contentious probate matters, the 'reliable and highly efficient' multi-disciplinary team at Hugh James provides a 'very strong and comprehensive service' to a wide range of farming clients including high-net-worth landowners and farmers, as well as numerous public sector entities. The 'hugely respected' Matthew Evans regularly handles work for agricultural clients as part of his broad-ranging wealth management practice. Particularly accomplished at dealing with agricultural estates, Evans' recent success in the high-profile "Cowshed Cinderella" litigation has generated numerous new agricultural and proprietary estoppel instructions, including acting on a new proprietary estoppel dispute whose assets exceed £7m. The 'very tenacious' Roman Kubiak regularly handles contentious probate matters for farming clients and has 'developed an excellent reputation as someone who really understands his clients and their complex problems, and is able to deliver an effective strategy which they understand'. Property litigator Robert Phillips  has niche expertise advising on development-phase property disputes, including all aspects of agricultural tenancy law. Sarah Cash 'provides a high level of service' to high-net-worth clients including those in the farming industry on estate planning and in administering high-value estates usually involving a diversity of assets such as family company shares, farming partnerships, horses and foreign property.

Morgan LaRoche continues to receive a significant flow of direct instructions, as well as referral work across a broad range of agriculture-related mandates, both from a contentious and non-contentious perspective. Following the recent retirement of William Waters, Kevin Thomas and Ann Thomas have taken over the management of  his extensive workload of large family estates and high-net-worth individuals (many of which contained mixed portfolios of agricultural commercial and residential properties) in the Swansea and south Wales areas. Jason Williams handles contentious probate and agriculture-related property litigation. Recent highlights include representing an agricultural landowner in a claim against a national rail network operator in nuisance/negligence for damages and loss of profits for surface water flooding caused by a blocked culvert and advising an agricultural landowner in leasehold forfeiture proceedings.

Recognised for its 'efficient and pragmatic advice', RDP Law  'provides a first-class service when dealing with rural matters' for landowners and high-net-worth individuals spread across south and mid-Wales, as well as the West Country and the South West of England. 'Very knowledgeable and well-informed' team head Sioned Thomas provides a 'highly personal service and always strives to understand the detailed background to all the issues'. Thomas particularly excels at providing advice on the administration of estates, tax planning and will preparation. The 'commercial and responsive' Robert Davies regularly advises on the disposal and refinancing of agricultural property.

Praised for its 'exceptional levels of customer service', longstanding Carmarthen-based firm Red Kite Law LLP benefits from strong ties to local landowners and farm owners. Leveraging the firm's full-service credentials, the firm is able to handle a broad array of work with a particular emphasis upon property and private client-related matters including estates planning. Lucy Hollis heads the firm's commercial and agricultural property team and regularly provides specialist agricultural law advice on the sale and purchase of land and buildings, as well as agricultural tenancies such as farm business tenancies.  Mathew Bowen heads up the firm's wills and probate team and leverages his own farming background when handling agricultural estates matters.

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