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Agricultural law

“They’re focused and sharp, technically sound and committed to serving the local community.” – Chambers UK 2017

Our agri legal services

Based largely in Somerset, our top ranking agricultural lawyers provide a full complement of contentious and non-contentious legal services to the farming and rural landowning communities in the South West and across the UK.

We act for individual farmers, rural landowners and agri-food businesses, including primary, secondary and retail food producers of all sizes and we advise on all areas of agri-law including:

The team can also provide legal advice to help you navigate through any changes triggered by Brexit.

Many of our agricultural lawyers have farming backgrounds and we pride ourselves on our exceptional down-to-earth, practical understanding of the agri-sector, which is kept current with regular and committed attendance at regional and national industry conferences. A number of our lawyers are recognised speakers at conferences and we host regular specialist seminars and networking events for the benefit of our agricultural clients.

Our presence in the agriculture sector

We have strong relationships with other rural and farming focused organisations, many of which we actively support through corporate membership and sponsorship or through providing advice to their landowning members.

We are the NFU panel firm for the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucester and Wiltshire. We also work with other bodies including the Countryside Alliance, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Country Land & Business Association, the Tenant Farmers Association, the Historic Houses Association, the Master of Foxhounds Association, the Soil Association, and the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust.

What the legal directories say about us

“Positive in his approach to things. He looks ahead to the complications and finds a solution.” Chambers UK on Rod Lloyd-Jones

“He is very thorough, and does a good job for his clients.” Chambers UK on Tim Hayden

“The ‘superb’ Mark Buckerfield leads the firm’s Private Property and Agriculture team. Praising his ‘first-class manner,’ a source adds: ‘Without question, I’ve never dealt with a better solicitor on a conveyancing transaction’.” Chambers UK

“He’s a nice guy and puts clients’ interests first.” Chambers UK on Stuart Thorne

“A good communicator.” Legal 500 on Esther Woolford

Contact an agricultural lawyer

If you would like to find out more about how our agriculture team can support you and your business, you can contact our lawyers directly using the details given on their profile pages, or you can call the agriculture Sector Manager, Victoria Howlett on 0345 209 1719.

Clarke Willmott has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. Our agriculture team has a strong presence in the South West and advises clients across England and Wales.