Agriculture and estates in Wales

JCP Solicitors

With significant sectoral knowledge and also able to draw upon the expertise of practitioners from other complementary practice areas including property, probate and litigation, JCP Solicitors' rural practice advises clients across the full spectrum of agriculture-related work including succession advice, wills, sales and purchases, as well as contentious trust and probate matters, and contract and property disputes. Team head Rory Hutchings handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work for the National Farmers' Union and has a particular expertise in the dairy sector. From a rural background herself, Welsh speaking associate Alice Dearden Cobbett is a specialist in complex land disputes, tenancies and equine matters.

Practice head(s):

Rory Hutchings

Other key lawyers:

Richard Howells; Alice Dearden Cobbet; Beverley Bowen

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team who are always willing to go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Always extremely professional but with a human touch and recognition of how important a case is to the individual involved.’

‘Rory Hutchings is extremely approachable and will always go the extra mile with advice and follow up support.’

‘Rory Hutchings has strong communication skills and excellent local knowledge.’

Alice Dearden Cobett is hugely impressive

Key clients

National Farmers’ Union

Hugh James

With numerous lawyers able to conduct business through the medium of Welsh and also benefiting from significant expertise across core areas of concern impacting the agricultural community (including as it relates to property issues and estates planning), Hugh James is well-placed to provide a 'very effective service' to high-net-worth landowners, as well as public sector entities. As head of the firm's overarching wealth management offering, Matthew Evans regularly handles agriculture-related matters, specifically relating to succession planning and contentious probate, including as it relates to farming proprietary estoppel cases.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Evans

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Evans; Sarah Cash; Roman Kubiak

Work highlights

  • The firm is representing Natural Resources Wales in the defence of a claim made to ownership of mineral rights beneath the surface of several large forestry areas in Wales.
  • The firm is continuing to act in defence of an application to register a Town and Village Green at Miskin, South Wales.
  • Finalising the administration of a Life Interest Trust on the death of a life tenant; the Trust holds a farm house, multiple titles of farmland, grazing land and commercial woodland all valued at £1.8m.
  • The firm is advising members of a North Walian agricultural farming business in relation to claims for a beneficial interest in the underlying assets by reason of a proprietary estoppel and claims to set aside the deceased business owner’s will.

RDP Law

RDP Law has 'a wide knowledge of the industry and its associated problems', enabling it to provide a 'solutions-oriented service' to many loyal clients, including numerous large farming families spread throughout Wales. Herself from a farming background, Welsh speaker Sioned Thomas provides 'very thorough yet succinct advice' across a range of farming issues, particularly in relation to estate administration and succession planning. The firm's real estate and litigation teams also regularly advise on agriculture matters.

Practice head(s):

Sioned Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Robert Davies; James Davies

Testimonials

‘As a client I always feel like I am being given top priority.’

‘The team works well with each other and keeps everyone in the loop.’

‘Everyone maintains a friendly relationship with customers yet still maintains the business edge.’

‘Sioned Thomas is very efficient in following up work and reminding a client of actions that may have gone off the radar.’

‘Robert Davies is analytical and solutions-oriented.’

Red Kite Law LLP

A stalwart of the west Wales farming/business community, Carmarthen-based firm Red Kite Law LLP benefits from strong and loyal ties with local landowners and farm owners. Led by property expert Lucy Hollis , the team is best-known for its ability to provide effective advice to businesses requiring specialist agricultural law advice relating to the sale and purchase of land and buildings as well as agricultural tenancies such as farm business tenancies.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Hollis