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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Tim Ryan

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Rural development and strategic land issues; co-operation, promotion, option, overage and pre-emption agreements; farm tenancies.


Assistant solicitor Russell & Russell, Bolton 1984-85; assistant solicitor Bells, Kingston Upon Thames 1985-87; assistant solicitor Julian Holy, London 1987-88; partner Julian Holy, London 1988-2002; partner Mills & Reeve, Norwich 2002.


Scarisbrick Hall; Hull University (1981 LLB); Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (2014).

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘very proficient and has genuine specialists’. Head of agribusiness Michael Aubrey (who can ‘provide a strategic overview of any legal issue facing an estate’) and agricultural property specialist Amanda Tagg, who also has extensive experience in renewable energy projects, are ‘among the best in the region’. Tim Ryan is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and often leads on diversification projects for farmers, landowners and estate owners, often involving complex consortium, promotion and option agreements. The firm has a deep bench of expertise that includes senior associate Dawn Chapman, who specialises in the sale and purchase of farms and estates; senior associate Denis Costello, who deals with rural property matters, with particular expertise in minerals and waste management work; associate Louisa Butcher, who helps clients of the agribusiness team with property matters including tenancies, covenants and easements; associate Nichola Ross, who handles agricultural lending and advice to family farming businesses; principal associate Jane Peel, who advises landed estates on renewable energy projects and farm tenancies; and principal associate Nicola Dernie, who also handles property matters. The firm’s highlights included advising Fengrain Limited on the grant of a 25-years underlease for three grain silos, and acting for the trustee landowners of the Kirton Estate on negotiations for an option for cabling easement for a large section of the estate. The firm also counts Oxford University Endowment Management, Trinity College Cambridge and Farmcare Limited among its clients.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

The ‘very experienced and efficientMichael Aubrey, who is based in Cambridge, heads the agribusiness practice at Mills & Reeve LLP. Other members of the ‘strong’ team are Norwich-based Tim Ryan, who has led on many diversification projects for farmers, landowners and estate owners and is ‘excellent at dealing with all aspects of development land agreements’. Cambridge-based Amanda Tagg is experienced in agricultural land diversification schemes, particularly development and energy projects. The team acts for a variety of prestigious landed estates and historic institutions in addition to large farming companies, pension funds, universities (including a significant number of Oxbridge colleges), energy/utility companies, and farming co-operatives. Highlights included acting for the trustee landowners of the Kirton Estate in negotiating and agreeing the terms of an option for a cabling easement (and an associated deed of grant) across a large section of the estate. Other key clients include the Wellcome Trust, The Countryside Restoration Trust and Univeg.

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