Agricultural Law

Agricultural Solicitors

We are proud to be one of the NFU’s recommended agricultural law firms providing specialist legal advice for farmers and the agricultural industry.

Lanyon Bowdler's Agricultural lawyers are members of the NFU Legal Panel, which means officials from the NFU carried out a thorough examination of our services and expertise before inviting us onto their national framework of solicitors.

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Whether a member of the NFU or not, you can be assured of a friendly, approachable service to help you avoid the many legal pitfalls in farming and food production.

NFU members are able to take advantage of a 12.5% discount on their legal fees (subject to terms).

How can we help?

Working in agriculture and food production is an increasingly tough business, with an ever-growing amount of legislation and regulations to deal with.

Partner Brian Evans leads the team, and comes from a farming background himself (his grandfathers were smallholders and his father was a farm worker for almost all his working life) so is passionate and knowledgeable about the industry.

Many of the specialist farming solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler also have close links with the farming community, so understand the pressures and complexity of the issues you have to deal with.

Our Agriculture Solicitors and Team

We offer a bespoke and tailored service, and pride ourselves on our specialist knowledge and expertise. Our services cover all aspects of farming and agricultural law, such as the sale and purchase of rural property and land, including equestrian properties and estates, whether by auction, private treaty or tender.

We can offer advice on secured lending on agricultural property, agricultural tenancies and residential tenancy law, including agricultural occupancy conditions and certificates of lawfulness, as well as business property law if you are considering renting out office or commercial property.

Our team of expert agricultural lawyers have vast experience of dealing with the Environmental Stewardship scheme, Single Farm Payment Scheme, and other woodland and environmental grant projects.

We can deal with all land development and planning issues, such as clawback arrangements, pre-emptions and Section 106 agreements.

Access to land is an important aspect of rural management, and we can advise on rights of way and other potential planning restrictions like covenants and easements affecting land, as well as commons and village greens.

If you employ staff, we can help you with any employment law issues, and we can offer regulatory advice and criminal defence work when necessary.

Then there is the commercial aspect of farming - contracts with the food industry, telecommunication sites, utility company wayleaves and renewable energy schemes, such as solar farms, wind turbines and anaerobic digesters.

We appreciate that sometimes change is needed, and we have experience in the restructuring of farm businesses, including partnerships, limited companies, joint ventures, contracting arrangements and share farming.

Finally, don’t forget to plan for the next generation by having your Wills, trusts and administration of estates in hand. We can also offer succession planning and inheritance tax advice, and can deal with Lasting Powers of Attorney arrangements.

Legal 500 and Chambers UK Recommendations

The agricultural team has been highlighted as one of the best in the region, with the 2017 edition of Chambers UK ranking the team at Band 1.  

The directory states the team is known for "Counsels agricultural and landowning clients on legal matters, including property transactions, renewable energy deals and development advice. Also assists with property litigation and professional negligence claims for farmers."

Quoting strengths as (quotes mainly from clients)

"Their strongest points are speed and effectiveness of advice."

"A well-known firm with an impressive list of clients."

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 recognises the team as a Tier Two firm in the West Midlands and states: "At Lanyon Bowdler, the team’s ‘strength is its understanding of farming issues."

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CONTACT LANYON BOWDLER SOLICITORS

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford. Our solicitors cover the whole of Shropshire and Herefordshire, along with parts of Wales and Staffordshire.

Our lawyers love getting out of the office so are more than happy to come to meet you at your farm or place of work. Contact the team on 0800 652 3371 or complete the enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

The Word!Related Testimonials

  • "A genuine concern was shown regarding our situation"

    Mr & Mrs Sanders - Hereford
  • "Good customer service, quick and efficient staff"

    Mr Jones - Oswestry