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Simon Cunningham

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Ashtons Legal

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Agriculture & Estates




Outdoor Clerk – Hornby Ackroyd & Levy Brixton 1996
Trainee – Cunningham John – 1997 to 1999
1999 to date – Cunningham John, Kester Cunningham John , Ashton KCJ, Ashtons Legal.

Simon acts for farmers, landowners, and agricultural businesses. Simon has worked in East Anglia for over 20 years and has a solid knowledge of all aspects of property law. Due to his expertise in acting for a wide variety of rural businesses and a diverse client base, he is able to identify issues and solutions quickly. Simon’s practical and creative approach allows him to provide advice from a commercial perspective as well as understanding the underlying agricultural businesses and the issues which may affect their property and business.




Law Society
Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association
Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association  (also Steward at Norfolk Show)


University of Newcastle Upon Tyne – 1991 to 1994- 2(i) BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics
College of Law, London 1994 to 1996
Fellowship of Agricultural Law Association

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Cunningham - Ashtons Legal

Within: Agriculture and estates

‘A strong regional firm with a depth of experience and knowledge‘, Ashtons Legal is ‘very good in every aspect and I would wholeheartedly recommend them for their expertise and professionalism‘, says one client. Another describes ‘a well-located and well-resourced private client-orientated firm with very strong competence in all areas of the law affecting farmers and landowners'. Practice head Jonathan Long in Bury St Edmunds (who has 'unrivalled local knowledge and a clam, unflappable demeanour') and Cambridge-based partner Jeanette Dennis are ‘very able practitioners with an abundance of experience to go with their obvious technical knowledge; both amply demonstrate how to apply that knowledge and experience in a private family context where care and attention is needed to add to professional capability'. They acted for Suffolk Farming Family Partnership in the £25m sale of land for development. Dennis and associate Rebecca Gatens, who together assisted Suffolk Agricultural Consultants with 17 agricultural tenancy matters in 2017 ranging from grazing licences to farm business tenancies, ‘have a strong grasp of the market and the issues affecting agriculture'. Simon Cunningham has advised farmers, landowners and agricultural businesses across East Anglia for more than 20 years. He recently acted for agricultural lenders including Clydesdale Bank, Lloyds Bank and HSBC on finance transactions.

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