Denise Wilkinson > HCR Hewitsons > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

HCR Hewitsons
50-60 Station Road

Work Department

Agriculture, food and rural business.


Partner dealing with agricultural and rural businesses and advising land-owning charities. Dealing with rural owners on acquisitions and disposals, all aspects of tenancy work and restructuring in relation to tax planning and trusts. Advising rural property owners on renewable enerrgy projects and options/leases for energy generation by solar, wind, AD and water. Dealing with acquisition of property and documentation in relation to management and development of sites by land-owning charities including joint ventures.


Articled Nockolds, Bishops Stortford; qualified 1984; assistant solicitor Nockolds; assistant solicitor Hewitsons; partner since 1989.


Agricultural Law Association; Charity Law Association.


Netherhall School, Maryport, Cumbria; Manchester Polytechnic (1981 BA Law); Chester College of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

HCR Hewitsons has a large education and charities practice across its office network, with Cambridge playing a key role. Partner Denise Wilkinson assists with with conservation and land matters, and among her clients are a national wildlife charity and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The firm is known for ‘good attention, and good technical advice‘, as well as its ‘personal approach to advising on a technical topic‘. Private client partner Susanne Hinde assisted Downing College, Cambridge, with the preparation of constitutions for student unions dealing with the allocation of funding to student clubs and societies.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Hall of Fame)

Denise Wilkinson – HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge ‘works to a high professional standard, is well informed, and covers all necessary disciplines and covers them well‘. In 2021, the firm handled sales and purchases of agricultural land with a total value in excess of £250m. It also acted for landowners in strategic land agreements valued at more than £700m. Head of agriculture and rural affairs Denise Wilkinson and private client partner Elizabeth Davies, who frequently leads the agriculture team’s work on estates matters, are ‘both thorough, tenacious and responsive‘. Wilkinson, who is ‘pragmatic and very focused‘, has a broad practice advising smaller farmers, landed estates or major institutions. Newly promoted partner James Frankland handles property matters, as does legal director Emily Pumfrey, who joined from Greenwoods Legal.