Burges Salmon LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

South West
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What the team is known for Large Bristol team with a long history of acting for landed estates. Handles property, tax and succession, company law and disputes matters for a broad range of clients. Noted for its work with institutional landowners and farming and food production businesses. Also regularly acts for high-profile financial institutions on secured lending transactions.

Strengths A source says: "They are extremely good and very professional."

Work highlights Advised The Crown Estate on an action taken against a tenant for breach of environmental regulations.

Notable practitioners

Alastair Morrison provides advice on agricultural property transactions, including the purchase, sale and management of estates. A source enthuses: "He is an excellent land trader and a great lawyer to have on your side of the transaction."

Emma Folkes advises on a range of agricultural property transactions. A source says: "She is knowledgeable, she has extensive experience and has a specialist knowledge of rural property."

Kevin Kennedy advises on a range of disputes including property disputes, contentious trusts and partnership disputes. A source says: "He's always professional, he is confident, outward-facing and he doesn't back down."

Sian Edmunds acts for agribusiness clients on a comprehensive range of issues. A source says: "She has got a very good ability to make her client understand what the risks and benefits of a course of action are. She's the perfect client-facing lawyer."

Tom Hewitt leads the firm's estates and land team, and the food and farming team. He advises on succession planning, trusts and tax matters. A source says: "He has excellent rural knowledge and a real depth of understanding with multi-generational estate businesses."