Agricultural Law

Agricultural Solicitors

Our Agricultural Solicitors offer legal expertise in the agriculture industry, coupled with a lifelong passion for farming gained through the personal experience of growing up on farms in the local area.

Few Agricultural Solicitors in the Telford, Shropshire and Hereford area are able to offer the same level of industry knowledge and local insight found at Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors.

We act for individual farmers, rural landowners and agri-food businesses and take great pride in providing expert legal advice on all areas of agri-law.

Contact the team on 0800 652 3371 or complete our online enquiry form and someone will be in touch.


A Recommended Agricultural Law Firm

We are proud to be one of the NFU’s recommended agricultural law firms, providing specialist legal advice for farmers and the agricultural industry. Our agricultural solicitors 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. 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 legal fees relating to their business (subject to terms), contact us on 0800 652 3371 or complete our online enquiry form to find out more.

Agricultural Legal Services

We offer a full range of legal service for the agriculture industry including all aspects of agriculture and food law, health and safety, environmental and regulatory issues, employment law, family law, tax planning and property sale or acquisition.

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 (both 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 lawyers 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.

We act for individual farmers, rural landowners and agri-food businesses and take great pride in providing expert legal advice on all areas of agri-law. We have experience in dealing with numerous agricultural services, not to mention helping you navigate through any changes triggered by Brexit.

Agricultural Disputes

Agricultural disputes can arise for a large number of reasons. These disputes tend to vary from machinery or instrumentation that fails to meet the required standards, personal matters concerning the likes of divorce or will disputes, issues arising as a result of professional recommendations that you may have taken, which later transpires to come short of the expected standard, or contract disputes regarding the sale or purchase of an area of land, property or perhaps, one that governs employment.

Agricultural Partnerships

Agricultural Solicitors also specialise in the drafting of farm partnerships and business structures so as to ensure the business is being addressed within the most effective manner, by recording the intention of all the parties. Our team will be on hand to advise you and to make sure the arrangement is also tax economical for the business.

Commercial Law in Agriculture

Within our agricultural solicitor’s team, we have knowledgeable commercial law solicitors who have an honest understanding of the commercial and business problems that have an effect on agricultural businesses, farms and rural commerce. Whether you trade as a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company, we take time to understand your business and also the specific problems that face both businesses and families within the farming community.

Agriculture Employment Solicitors

Employment law can be an issue in any sector and the agriculture sector is no different. Our team handles a large range of problems from both an employer and from an employee perspective. We are able to advise on agricultural employment law, farm workers’ contracts, compromise agreements and additional matters where the farming business is being relocated and there's a requirement to liaise with farm employees to put in place arrangements for the long term.


Environmental Farming Laws and Regulatory Matters 

Our extensive experience also incorporates the handling and management of environmental and regulatory matters. The expertise spans across the single farm payment scheme, RPA and compliance, the rural development programme, intervention and private storage aid schemes. 

Our extensive experience also incorporates the handling and management of environmental and regulatory matters. The expertise spans across the single farm payment scheme, RPA and compliance, the rural development programme, intervention and private storage aid schemes.

Buying & Selling Agricultural Land

Experienced in the buying, selling and secured lending of agricultural land, our team are on hand to advise on the aforementioned and also any ancillary matters that come with an agricultural transaction. We are able to advise you on issues which you may need to consider before the negotiation, so that you may discuss these with your land agent in order to achieve the most advantageous deal for you.

Family Law for Farmers

Many family law issues need to be considered once farming is involved. In particular, when it involves any divorce of a person within a farming partnership. Productive farming partnerships and, indeed, family business owners may question how to keep it all “in the family”. Handling such cases involves a myriad of finely balanced judgements, and negotiating a prosperous outcome needs a clear-headed and commercial approach from your legal team. This can often be an area where experience counts, and that we have.

Personal Legal Services

A farming business can typically involve more than one family member – and so, several farms involve the entire family. We are here to advise businesses within the rural and agricultural sector in reference to all aspects of running their business operations, above all on legal and regulatory issues encompassing farm management, agricultural business and diversification. We also provide advice to landed estates and owners of agricultural businesses with regards to wealth management, succession planning and any other agricultural concerns.

The Agricultural Solicitors and Farming Law 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. In addition, we have a team of agri dispute resolution solicitors able to provide sound advice, together with a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

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 including the interaction of subsidy regimes and grant funding with property transactions.

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 such as covenants and easements affecting land, as well as commons and village greens.

Environmental law is a very complex area and it’s essential to contact experienced agricultural law solicitors sooner rather than later if an issue needs addressing.

The agriculture lawyers here at Lanyon Bowdler have vast experience of dealing with prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency, as well as issues with public and European law.

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 2018 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 agricultural disputes, property litigation and professional negligence claims for farmers."

Quoting strengths:

"They've handled everything in an expert fashion and there has never been a problem." says a client.

The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 recognises the team as a Top Tier firm in the West Midlands and states that clients find the service at Lanyon Bowdler to be 'excellent - 10/10'.

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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, we have a meeting room in Conwy which means we can conveniently meet our clients in North Wales.

Our agricultural 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.

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