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Agricultural Solicitors & Agricultural Law

If you need expert legal advice or representation regarding a family, legal, contractual or disputed matter surrounding farming, farm ownership or the agricultural sector at large, then you need to talk to the Agricultural Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler. Our specialist Agricultural Solicitors will provide a skilled authority, compassion, and extensive legal expertise when you need it most.

As specialist Agricultural Law Solicitors, we passionately believe in supporting the farming sector and we carry a deep understanding of farming as both a business and a family environment & asset.

We have many years’ experience to draw upon, so whether you work in farming as a landowner or farm tenant, or perhaps you are from a farming family, or have commercial interests in the wider agricultural sector, our Agricultural Solicitors have in-depth experience across all aspects of Rural estate management, Agricultural land, and business & Farming Law.

Our solicitors have been selected for their agricultural & farming skill-set by the National Farmers Union. As NFU Agricultural Solicitors panel members, our agri-team provides an unsurpassed standard in Agricultural Law advice to the commercial farming industry and to farming families. Our expertise is coupled with a lifelong passion for farming through strong family ties across Shropshire, Herefordshire & Wales.

Few Agricultural Solicitors in Wales, Shropshire, and Hereford are able to offer the same level of industry knowledge and local insight found at Lanyon Bowdler. Although our Agricultural Law Solicitors are based across at our offices in Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Wales, the size and strength of our Agricultural Law department allow us to service clients across the UK.

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.

NFU Recommended 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. 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 by phone today or complete our online enquiry form to find out more.

Agricultural Legal Services

We offer a full range of legal services 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 Agricultural Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler 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 he is passionate and knowledgeable about the industry. Many of the specialist Agricultural 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.

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

Our 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 Lawyers will be on hand to advise you and to make sure the arrangement is also tax economical for the business.

Commercial Law in Agriculture

our Agricultural Solicitors comprise a diverse skill-set including expert 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 Law & 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.

Buying and Selling Agricultural Land

Experienced in the buying, selling and secured lending of agricultural land, our Agricultural Lawyers 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.

Our Agricultural Lawyers and their service pledge

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 law Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler have been highlighted as one of the best Agricultural Law teams in the region, with the 2019 edition of Chambers UK ranking our department at Band 1.

The directory states that Lanyon Bowdler  "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:

A client reports that Lanyon Bowdler "performed very well, giving solid and comprehensive advice from the outset."

The 2020 edition of The Legal 500 recognises us as a Top Tier firm in the West Midlands and states: "Lanyon Bowdler handles a broad range of issues for numerous large agricultural and horticultural clients, as well as various landed estates and significant country landowners. Particular specialisms include advising on single payment appeals and property litigation as well as planning issues and private client matters. Brian Evans leads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Edward Nutting from Hibberts LLP."

Contact Lanyon Bowdler's Agricultural Solicitors

Please give our Agricultural Law Solicitors a call for a friendly, confidential, conversation about how we can help support you whatever situation you face. Our team love getting out of the office so we are more than happy to come to meet you at your farm or place of work. Contact the team by phone today or complete the enquiry form on the righthand side of the page and someone will be in touch.

We regularly act for Farm owners and Agricultural businesses across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. As a leading national law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard, Hereford and Conwy in North Wales.

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Continuity and Expertise

Lanyon Bowdler’s Ludlow office can trace its roots back


Our Team

Giles Scott

Partner - Head of Private Client

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Stephen Scully

Associate Solicitor Advocate

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Brian Evans

Managing Partner

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Claire Vale

Associate Solicitor

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Loretta Aston

Partner - Head of Residential Property

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Anna Burgess

Associate Solicitor

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Praveen Chaudhari

Partner - Head of Commercial Property Team

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Lisa Grimmett

Associate Solicitor

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Sue Hodgson

Partner - Head of Family Law

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Bridget Hughes

Chartered Legal Executive

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Gráinne Walters

Partner - Head of Corporate & Commercial Team

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John Merry

Partner - Head of Employment Team

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Adrian Roberts

Partner - Head of Criminal Law Team

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Cindy Wright

Head of Estate Developments

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Tristan Lewis

Associate Solicitor

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Andrew Pegg

Partner - Head of Dispute Resolution

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Tania McGee

Associate Solicitor

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William Morse

Partner - Head of Education

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Sarah Whittall

Associate Solicitor

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Lynsey Cater

Associate Solicitor


Client Testimonials

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Everyone was kind and understanding, she was brilliant - explained every part of the procedure. Totally recommend Lanyon Bowdler's services.

- Mrs A Harris, Ludlow

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Superb in dealing with my case and care. I was extremely happy with the service and staff.

- Mr C Verlon, Telford

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The staff made me feel valued and always took the time to listen to my concerns

- Ms Castell, Shrewsbury

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All staff were polite, efficient and professional. Advice was clear and informative. I like the fact that everyone explained legalities with clarity.

- Mrs L Draycott, Oswestry

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Very polite members of staff, took the time to explain everything to us.

- Mr R Wilford & Mrs J Wilford, Bromyard

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