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Ashtons Legal

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

4 ranked lawyersBand 1Ipswich and surroundsUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Handles agricultural and rural matters across each of its four offices in East Anglia, with partners who are well connected with local farming communities. Provides a wide range of services to private clients and institutional entities, including advice on rural property transactions. Also adept at advising on agricultural tenancies, farm partnerships, succession planning, development agreements, rural financing and renewable energy projects.

Strengths

A source reports that "the team harbour long-term relationships with clients and have a deep understanding of the issues facing their businesses," adding: "They are well established in the local business community, and also the wider community."

Work highlights

Managed the terms for the termination of a farm business tenancy of around 600 acres of land in Cambridge while agreeing a new 25-year farm business tenancy for the client.

Notable practitioners

Jeanette Dennis is an agricultural specialist who acts for farms and estates on issues such as succession planning, farm business restructuring, rights of way and land development. A source notes that "she clearly thinks about her clients' affairs in a broad commercial context."

Jonathan Long is sought for his expertise as one of the foremost agricultural experts in the region. He advises on agricultural property transactions, development land matters, options agreements, succession planning and diversification issues for farming businesses. An interviewee says he is"well known throughout East Anglia and has a fantastic network, especially within the farming community, which he understands extremely well."

Rebecca Gatens is adept at advising farming clients on agricultural sales and acquisitions, farm tenancy matters, overage provisions and promotion agreements. A source says: "Rebecca is very thorough; she gets into the detail and handles that very well."

Simon Cunningham is well versed in property law and advises a wide range of agricultural businesses, farmers and rural landowning clients. An interviewee says he is "a very good, efficient and competent conveyancer with good knowledge of the market."

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Cambridge and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Jeanette Dennis
Band 1
Ipswich and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Jonathan Long
Band 1
Rebecca Gatens
Star Associates
Norwich and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Simon Cunningham
Band 2