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    • Jennie Wheildon - Wright Hassall LLP

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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP  is known for its ‘dedication to client satisfaction’, with expertise in succession planning, family law and dispute resolution. Sarah Baugh co-heads the practice and focuses on property and business-based agricultural matters. Fellow practice head Steven Corfield also specialises in agricultural law, with a notable skillset in restructurings, succession planning and contentious matters. Tom Devey is ‘extremely prompt with any requests’ and possesses ‘a wealth of knowledge on a broad range of land and agricultural law’.  Other key figures include Suzanne Tucker, who is known for her ‘knowledge of planning law’; town planning specialist Niall Blackie; probate claims expert Craif Ridge; and Brian Aikman, who works on agricultural litigation.

Lanyon Bowdler is ‘the go-to firm in Herefordshire and surrounding areas for agricultural and private client work’, with ‘an excellent client base’ and ‘strong and deserved reputation’. Managing partner Brian Evans leads the team and is highly experienced in agricultural disputes. Other notable names include Andrew Evans, who specialises in property matters; Andrew Pegg, who is an expert in contentious and debt recovery issues; and town and country planning expert David Brammer, who possesses ‘precise reasoning’ and ‘detailed understanding’.

Lodders Solicitors LLP has ‘a justifiably strong reputation in agriculture and estates’ and handles complex landlord and tenant matters.  Practice head James Spreckley  ‘combines detailed analysis’ with ‘an impressive grasp of how best to deliver key strategic objectives’. He has expertise in land acquisition and disposals, landlord and tenancy issues, and diversification matters. Jane Senior is an expert in property and land disputes, who is a 'combative operator' and 'fights for her clients'. Other key figures include: property development specialist Mark Miller; tax and succession advice expert Ian Flavell; and Nick Rowe , who specialises in employment and transactional matters. The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, The RD Turner Trust (Arley Estate) and Top Spec Feeds are key clients.

Wright Hassall LLP is ‘extremely quick’, ‘pro-active’ and ‘utterly diligent’ with ‘an unrivalled knowledge around matters associated with development and reinvestment’. Paul Rice  heads the team and is an expert in regulatory matters, particularly on the preparation for Brexit. Alex Robinson heads the farm and estates group and handles non-contentious property matters,  while Dawn Reynolds focuses the contentious side.Senior associate Jennie Wheildon  also specialises in property and has ‘an iron core’, ‘a very pleasant manner’ and ‘will go above and beyond for her clients and will get the deal done’.  Other notable names include senior associate Tom Romecin , who focuses on landlord and tenant disputes; senior associate Fiona Martin , who is experienced in land agreements; and Mercedes King-Jones , who specialises in farming-related divorces.

Hatchers Solicitors LLP is ‘traditional’, ‘well established ‘and ‘reliable’, with ‘a broad spectrum of specialisms’. Agricultural specialist Val Edwards leads the practice and has ‘a “can do” attitude’, is ‘a good communicator’ and ‘goes the extra mile to get the right result’. She recently advised a landed estate on the sale and distribution of land following the life tenant’s death. Property expert David Philips regularly works on land acquisitions, disposals and leases. Georgia Wakeley focuses on wills and probate matters and has a ‘depth of knowledge’. Matthew Bowering also works on property matters and is ‘pro-active’, ‘a good communicator’ and ‘a safe pair of hands’. Helen Cowley  is an expert in the purchase and sale of woodlands. Esther Richards was recently promoted to senior associate and focuses on contentious work. Assistant solicitor Jennifer Woods is also an expert in disputes.

MFG Solictors LLP  ‘represents great value for money when judged against the quality and depth of the advice given’ with significant strengths in transactions, tax, disputes, regulations, and diversification matters. Practice head Iain Morrison has expertise in transactional , advisory and contentious matters, and is ‘approachable’ and ‘looks to find sensible solutions to complex issues'. Property transactions specialist Nick Playford is ‘an extremely personable and able adviser’, with ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and ‘can see the practical solutions that best fit the client's situation’. Tom Bell is ‘highly professional yet very approachable’ and recently advised Whitbourne Estate on the lease sporting rights to a third party on the client’s land. Agricultural tenancy specialist Helen Gough advised on the grant of an AHA Tenancy for a farmhouse and 47.55 acres of land. Alexandra Phillips  is experienced in farm business and tenancy matters, and  ‘works tirelessly to come up with solutions’, and ‘always responds quickly and with relevant knowledge’. Agricultural solicitor Hannah Taylor is regularly involved in property-related matters. She advised the Trustees of KRH James on the £1.5m sale of Broadfield Court.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has ‘good common sense’ and ‘a pragmatic approach’ with expertise in transactions, regulations, disputes, tenancies and telecoms. Practice head Peter Snodgrass is ‘a first class communicator’ and ‘always ensures all the "t"s are crossed and the "i"s are dotted’. He is an expert in property, tenancy and partnership agreements, and recently advised National Grid on farm business tenancies and equine leases.

Ansons is led by Simon James, who is ‘both knowledgeable and pragmatic in his advice’ and ‘always willing to respond as quickly as possible to queries or requests’. He focuses heavily on diversification and tax planning matters. He is assisted by commercial property specialist Richard Saum and private client expert Marie Tisdale. Also recommended are David Anderton and Neil Faunch , who both work on planning and environmental law

Knights plc  is led by Kate Smith   who has notable expertise in tax and succession planning and land settlements. Brona Simmonds is also a key figure and handles mainly transactional matters.

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