Agriculture in London Bar

Falcon Chambers

Hailed as ‘the leading set for agricultural litigation’, Falcon Chambers runs a notably broad caseload which includes land ownership, partnership disputes, proprietary estoppel, boundary issues and restrictive covenants. Caroline Shea QC and Catherine Taskis were recently involved in the Court of Appeal case of Kingsley v Kingsley; a farming partnership dispute which arose following the death of one partner and gained significance due to its clarification of the compatibility between TOLATA and Article 1 of the Human Rights Convention. Elsewhere, Stephen Jourdan QC successfully acted for the defendants in the High Court case of Windsor-Clive v Rees. The matter arose in connection with a proposed development and subsequent injunction sought by neighbouring farm owners. Members are also well-versed when it comes to development, shooting, hunting, mine and mineral rights.

Francis Taylor Building

The ‘excellent’ and ‘user friendly’ members of Francis Taylor Building are experts in town and village greens, rights of way and a broad array of other countryside matters including the Highways Act 1980, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and cattle grids. In the matter of Lancashire CC v Environment Secretary, Douglas Edwards QC has successfully obtained permission on behalf of the claimant to appeal to the Supreme Court; the matter holds significance as it considers the principle of registering land used for education purposes as a town green.

New Square Chambers

Members of New Square Chambers are ‘always helpful and go above and beyond’, leveraging their ‘renowned expertise’ in town and village greens, access to the countryside, common land, rights of way and the law of highways. In the case of Roxlena Limited v Cumbria County Council, George Laurence QC is representing the appellant/claimant in seeking permission from the Supreme Court to appeal a modification order under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which would provide 44 new footpaths crisscrossing the client’s land.