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Farming partnerships: getting it right

Keeping it in the family A traditional farming partnership is more than a business; in many cases, it is also a family affair. There are benefits to “keeping it in the family” but there is also plenty of scope for misunderstandings and disagreements to arise. These often come to a...

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Is drone technology taking off for farmers?

The advantages and pitfalls of drones We all know that agri-tech is the future of farming and drone technology seems to be leading the charge. Farmers are starting to appreciate the benefits of using drones in a number of ways and to great benefit. As with any new technology, however,...

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Farming tragedy

A recent tragic case has once again highlighted the importance of maintaining good health and safety practices on farms. This week, Neil Carpenter, a farmer from North Devon, was jailed for 4.5 years after being convicted of manslaughter and breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (“the...

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A Celebration! 10 years of the NFU’s Legal Panel

Celebrating 10 years of the NFU Legal Panel Esther Woolford, agricultural partner at Clarke Willmott, joined Louise Stratton, the NFU’s County Advisor and James Cossins, the NFU’s County Chairman on their stand at the Dorset County Show on Saturday 1 September. Clarke Willmott supplied a delicious anniversary cake to celebrate...

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Strawberry fields forever?

Migrant labour: an uncertain future? UPDATE: Since this article was first published in our Summer 2018 edition of Field Talk, a new migrant farm worker visa scheme has been announced. The strawberry plays a crucial role in the quintessential British summer. In 2017, 23 tonnes of strawberries, amounting to over...

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Maximum sentence for animal welfare offences to increase significantly

DEFRA announces increase in maximum sentence for animal welfare offences DEFRA has announced that the maximum sentencing powers available to Courts when sentencing those convicted of animal welfare offences are going to increase significantly. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as it currently stands animal welfare cases can only be...

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Brexit and agriculture: a conversation with Neil Parish

The future of the UK agricultural sector Laura Mackain-Bremner and Victoria Howlett from our Agriculture team recently talked with Neil Parish, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee, about the future of the UK agricultural sector. Has the workload/focus of the committee changed dramatically since the Referendum? Yes....

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Rare victory for the taxpayer in holiday accommodation tax case

First Tier Tribunal rules on “unique venue” It is said that the determination of whether or not a particular business is wholly or mainly an investment business, and thus whether or not it qualifies for business property relief from inheritance tax (IHT), generates more litigation than any other area of...

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Farm Safety Week

This week is Farm Safety Week (16 July-20 July) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has just released its annual ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18’ report. The statistics Whilst agriculture represents over 1% of the UK workforce, it has one of the worst...

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New report suggests changes to farming regulation

Farm inspection and regulation review: interim report In January 2018 the government published A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment and also Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit. Following the publication of these reports, the Secretary of...

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