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Mills & Reeve LLP

BOTANIC HOUSE, 100 HILLS ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1PH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
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122891 CAMBRIDGE 4
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

Amanda Tagg

Tel:
Work 01223 222265
Email:
Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Agriculture and estates.

Position

Amanda specialises in all aspects of agricultural property law, with an emphasis on work for institutional and corporate clients that hold agricultural land as an investment, and on rural property development. She has very wide experience of most aspects of agricultural and property law, including the acquisition, management and disposal of freehold and leasehold agricultural estates; agricultural tenancies; single-farm payment; agri-environmental schemes; and diversification of agricultural land (for example, through commercial activities such as business and research parks, residential development schemes and energy projects). Her recent work includes advising: a private investment company on the acquisition of a 1,200 acre estate in Norfolk for £11m and in relation to the acceptance of a surrender by one of its agricultural tenants of a tenancy of a substantial estate in Essex and advising on the ongoing management of both estates; a charity on the grant of a strategic land option over 300 acres of farmland to a national housebuilder (with a minimum land value of £30m), the restructuring of occupational leasehold interests and management arrangements at its research park and the potential redevelopment of parts of the park; a private client in relation to the grant of an option to a supermarket chain to construct an eco-friendly supermarket and associated food academy on allotment and agricultural land in Norfolk; and a leading international university in relation to the restructuring of agricultural tenancies on its agricultural estate in Shropshire.

Career

Trained Slaughter and May, London; qualified 1998. Trainee solicitor, Slaughter and May 1996-98; solicitor 1998-2005; senior solicitor, Mills & Reeve 2005-06; associate 2006-10; partner 2010 to date.

Education

Manshead Upper School, Caddington, Luton; Queens College Cambridge (1992-95 BA Hons law 2:1); College of Law, Guildford (1995-96 LPC, distinction).

Leisure

Swimming, playing the piano.


East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Amanda Tagg - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is 'excellent in all areas' and has strong practitioners in both Cambridge and Norwich. The firm is 'in a different league' compared to its competitors, according to one client, who highlights its¬†‚Äėexceptional service‚Äô. Another describes ‚Äėa¬†highly professional multi-disciplinary firm with¬†a deep understanding of the law'.¬†Agribusiness is one of the firm's key sectors and it handles the full range of rural land matters including some of the highest value and most complex deals nationally.¬†Practice head¬†Michael Aubrey¬†acted for Albanwise in its ¬£21m purchase of a village and 2,000 acres of farmland in North Yorkshire. He leads a practice of which¬†one client remarks 'my experience is the same as with any of the London Magic Circle firms'. The firm acts for¬†traditional farming clients, landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, pension funds, prestigious landed estates and large agribusinesses such as Greenyard and Farmcare.¬†Agricultural property specialist¬†Amanda Tagg¬†in Cambridge and associates¬†Nicola Dernieand¬†Louise Butcherin Norwich are highly recommended. They ‚Äėprovide reasoned, sensible advice in a concise and understandable way to ensure the correct decisions can be made'.¬†Tim Ryan¬†is a key partner and he advised a farm company¬†on the surrender¬†and grant of five agricultural tenancies in Yorkshire.¬†'Skilled, pragmatic and empathetic' senior associate¬†Dawn Chapman¬†is ‚Äėvery supportive as well as professional and efficient; she is reassuring, cheerful and empathetic'.¬†Associate Matthew Hesketh, who regularly deals with agricultural estate and farmland sales and purchases, 'provides customer-focused service', and¬†associate Denis Costello¬†is 'well-rounded and knowledgeable in minerals and waste management property matters, providing unambiguous advice'.

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