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    • John Griffiths - Red Kite Law LLP
    • Rory Hutchings - JCP Solicitors

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    • Ffion Lloyd - JCP Solicitors

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JCP Solicitors fields a multi-disciplinary rural practice in Carmarthen that provides ‘sound, commercial advice’ across a broad spectrum of issues affecting rural clients in south and west Wales, including those relating to wills, sales and purchases. Land disputes are another area of expertise; team head Rory Hutchings (who is ‘very knowledgeable on agricultural property matters’) is representing a family in a dispute with the owner of common land adjacent to their farm over which they have registered rights of common. A Welsh speaker and herself from a farming background, associate Ffion Lloyd is an invaluable member of the team. Lloyd worked alongside Hutchings representing farming clients on appeals involving reduced subsidy payments as a result of alleged breaches of the subsidy scheme rules. Associate Myria Griffiths handles contentious and non-contentious agricultural work, while Swansea-based litigation associate Andrew Murphy regularly handles disputes surrounding agricultural tenancies. Clients include National Farmers Union (NFU), Wales Young Farmers Club and Sketty Park Estate.

As the oldest law firm in Wales, Gabb and Co has longstanding and established ties with the farming communities of mid-and-south Wales. Edward Jones specialises in minimising tax relief for farmers and David Lloyd regularly handles agricultural and rural property matters as part of his property practice.

One of the leading firms in south Wales in the field of agriculture and estates’, Hugh James attracts praise for its ‘first-class work and ability to achieve fantastic results for its clients’, which include high-net-worth landowners and farmers, as well as numerous public sector entities. The ‘astuteMatthew Evans is ‘sensible and calm in the midst of highly heated litigation’ and handles a growing number of agricultural estate disputes, particularly those relating to proprietary estoppel claims. The ‘technically strongRoman Kubiak and solicitor Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu, ‘who goes well beyond what is asked of him’, both regularly handle agricultural-related contentious estates work. Property litigator Robert Phillips has niche expertise advising on development-phase property disputes, including all aspects of agricultural tenancy law. Clients include the Country Land and Business Association, Welsh Water, National Resources Wales and Walters Group.

At Morgan LaRoche, team head Kevin Thomas provides ‘refreshingly commercial advice’ to agricultural landowners across all aspects of their business, from contentious planning matters to landlord/tenant notices. Thomas also handles estates work for the University of Wales. Other key members of the firm’s multi-disciplinary agricultural offering includes William Waters, who handles property and estates administration work for numerous family estates in south Wales, and Jason Williams, who regularly advises on contentious probate and agricultural property litigation.

With a longstanding presence in Carmarthen, Red Kite Law LLP has strong ties with local landowners and farmers. Lucy Hollis heads the firm’s commercial and agricultural property team and regularly represents agricultural businesses who need specialist agricultural law advice on the sale and purchase of land and buildings, as well as agricultural tenancies such as farm business tenancies. Head of the firm’s wills and probate team, Mathew Bowen leverages his own farming background when handling agricultural estates matters.

The ‘responsive and approachable’ team at RDP Law in Newport has ‘real expertise in core agricultural matters’. The firm acts for a client base that spans south and mid Wales as well as the West Country and the South West, and which includes landowners and high-net-worth individuals. ‘Excellent and approachable’ team head Sioned Thomas is ‘able to provide very good advice to clients on matters whilst also considering the practical implications of that advice’; she is singled out for her advice on the administration of estates, tax planning and will preparation. The ‘vastly experienced’ Robert Davies is ‘extremely highly regarded among those in the agricultural profession’, and has niche expertise in the disposal and refinancing of agricultural property.

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