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Field Talk – Spring 2012

Welcome to the Spring edition of our Agricultural Law Briefing.

With the ever increasing price of commodities worldwide, the long term future appears set fair for agricultural businesses, if costs are kept under control.

Against that backdrop there is always the unexpected and this year’s early announcement of drought across most of the country is far from welcome news. Already affecting cropping choices, over time it may even change public opinion towards drought resistant GM crops. This casts the recent announcement of GM wheat trials in Hertfordshire in a rather different light.

From the EU, the fiasco over hen cages has demonstrated the varying attitudes of member states towards legislation. We now face the worrying prospect of a repeat over sow stalls, with the UK no doubt once again playing it all by the book.

Spring 2012 has brought with it an overhaul of the planning system, a budget with some unattractive SDLT measures, two significant inheritance tax cases and a worrying employment case. In this edition of Fieldtalk we highlight these and other topics, which we hope will be of interest. As ever, please do contact us for a no-obligation discussion if you need further advice.

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