Agriculture and estates in Wales

JCP Solicitors

With specialists based out of its offices in Swansea, Carmarthen and Cowbridge, JCP Solicitors 'provides real insight into agricultural work' for rural clients based across the south, east and west of the country. Led by Rory Hutchings , who combines 'both expertise in his field and a real empathy for the agricultural community', the team has a 'wealth of experience' across the gamut of issues affecting rural clients, from advice on "pure" agricultural matters, including common land and policy matters, as well as on broader matters relating to property, litigation and succession planning, where it is also able to leverage the expertise of lawyers across the wider competences of the firm. Fluent Welsh speaker Alice Dearden Cobbett is the other key member of the team and is praised for her 'willingness to get stuck in to complex farming issues'.

Practice head(s):

Rory Hutchings

Testimonials

It is a strong team with a real insight into agricultural work.

The agriculture team is rightly regarded as a market leader.

They work and live in the rural environment that they cover and have coverage of all sides of rural businesses.

Rory Hutchings combines both expertise in his field and a real empathy for the agricultural community.

Strong support from Alice Dearden Cobbett and the rest of the team ensures farming clients are well served and their issues understood.

Alice Dearden Cobbett has a real empathy for rural and farming matters, and a willingness to “get stuck in” to complex farming issues.

Agri Advisor Legal LLP

With six partners - who all have a farming background - based out of its offices in Pumsaint and Welshpool, specialist agriculture firm Agri Advisor Legal LLP displays a 'sound knowledge of rural issues' across the gamut of matters impacting farmers, landowners and rural people. Herself a farmer, 'very skilled' Welsh speaking managing partner Nerys Llewelyn Jones  has an 'exceptional understanding of rural issues', and as well as advising on day-to-day matters, including agricultural tenancies and succession planning, is also steeped in policy expertise, including a substantial amount of advisory work surrounding the Brexit-related ramifications of the Common Agriculture Policy. Recently promoted to partner, the 'brilliantManon Williams  has a 'great understanding of the agricultural sector' and has expertise in succession and estate planning, Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and farm business tenancies.

Practice head(s):

Nerys Llewelyn Jones

Testimonials

The firm specialises in agriculture and has a sound knowledge of rural issues.

This firm understands the agricultural sector.

The team has excellent knowledge with specialities in the practice to deal with farming/countryside issues. It also benefits from Welsh speaking staff, which is really important in this industry as many are almost Welsh-only speakers.

The firm deals with a range of agricultural issues and has the knowledge to cover all farm types. It also specialises in policy work, and particularly the devolved legislation in Wales.

Nerys Llewelyn Jones’ understanding of rural issues is exceptional but her knowledge of other issues is also great.

Nerys understands farming and its complexity.

Nerys is a very skilled lawyer and also a farmer and this enables her to deliver a first-class service to clients.

Lydia James who looks after private client work, is a good communicator in plain English or Welsh.

Manon Williams has a great understanding of the agricultural sector.

Work highlights

  • Advise farmers and landowners about succession of their business to include a review of their inheritance tax position.
  • Advised a client regarding the creation of a joint venture in the agricultural context and prepared share farming agreement on her behalf.
  • Advised clients in relation to faulty farm equipment which was causing significant losses for their farm business.

Hugh James

Hugh James provides an effective service to rural/farming clients by dint of its ability to leverage strong capabilities in complementary practice areas including disputes and private client. Wealth management expert Matthew Evans is the de facto head of the team and regularly handles agriculture-related matters, specifically relating to succession planning and contentious probate. On the litigation front, property disputes head Robert Phillips has expertise advising on all aspects of agricultural tenancy law and has also developed a niche advising on litigation regarding mineral rights.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Evans

Key clients

Natural Resources Wales

Welsh Government

Isle of Anglesey Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for the children of the deceased, who are the intestacy beneficiaries of their father’s large and complex agricultural estate.
  • Defending Natural Resources Wales against claims made to the ownership of mineral rights beneath the surface of several large forestry areas in Wales.    
  • Representing Welsh Government and Talbot Green Developments Ltd in the defence of a Town and Village Green Application on the basis that the factual requirements are not met and on the basis of statutory incompatibility.

RDP Law

Led by the 'thorough and approachableSioned Thomas RDP Law has strong ties with many farming families throughout south-east Wales, including agricultural stronghold Monmouthshire. Herself also head of the firm's private client team, a significant focus of Thomas' work in the sector relates to succession planning advice to large local farming families, as well as advising on the acquisition and disposal of agricultural property. The firm's wider property and disputes teams also regularly advise on agriculture-related matters (including agricultural tenancy law and development issues), while the arrival in August 2019 of Matthew Wells from JCP Solicitors enhances its ability to provide family law advice to agricultural clients.

Practice head(s):

Sioned Thomas

Testimonials

The agricultural team is very professional and always responds in a timely and efficient manner.

The approachable and responsive team covers all aspects/problems of farming life.

Sioned Thomas has always been very easy to approach and shown us a great deal of patience.

Sioned Thomas is very efficient, fast working, thorough and very approachable.

Robert Davies is very highly regarded in Monmouthshire and the surrounding areas as the only solicitor worth going to for agricultural matters. His work ethic is second-to-none, and he is extremely approachable and super efficient.

Red Kite Law LLP

Based in Carmarthen, Red Kite Law LLP's team head Lucy Hollis  has particular expertise advising west Wales-based agricultural/rural clients in property matters, including the sale and purchase of land and buildings as well as agricultural tenancies.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Hollis