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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has ‘a very knowledgeable and helpful team’, which has recently assisted with the restructuring of a large family farming business. It also advised on the dissolution of a farm partnership. Steven Corfield heads the department, and Tom Devey and Sarah Baugh are recommended.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s team, which is headed by Kate Smith, has expertise in farming partnerships, tenancies and licences, and agricultural litigation.

Lodders Solicitors LLP appointed a new head of department, James Spreckley, who arrived from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. It also added Jane Senior to the team from Wright Hassall LLP, while Caroline Nemecek was promoted to partner. Alex Robinson moved to Wright Hassall LLP. The team handled the sale of a number of estates in 2015.

Wright Hassall LLP’s lawyers are ‘excellent communicators with both fellow professionals and clients’ and the team represents the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Cotswold Farm Park and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers. Paul Rice heads the team, which recently welcomed Alex Robinson from Lodders Solicitors LLP.

At Lanyon Bowdler, the team’s ‘strength is its understanding of farming issues’. Practice head Brian Evans is a ‘conscientious and diligent lawyer’. David Brammer and Jon Clifford joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP and Clarke Willmott LLP, respectively.

MFG Solicitors LLP’s clients include Top Barn Farm, Hawkins Estate and S & A Soft Fruits and Wrekin Shell Mouldings. Head of the department is Iain Morrison, who is recommended, as is Helen Gough.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP specialises in tenancies, sales and purchasing, disputes, and shooting leases. The key contacts are Peter Snodgrass and Richard Thorpe. David Brammer joined Lanyon Bowdler and James Spreckley departed for Lodders Solicitors LLP.

Simon James leads the team at Ansons Solicitors Ltd, which deals with all aspects of agricultural law. David Anderton is, according to one client, ‘a master tactician in negotiation and brings clarity to documentation’.

Brethertons LLP’s team works with a range of rural businesses, including farms, food producers, forestries and fisheries. The key contact for the practice is Steven Neasham.

Hatchers Solicitors LLP acts for a number of landed estates and advises on sales, purchases, and disputes. Val Edwards heads the department and new recruit Jennifer Woods is also recommended.

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  • 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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