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Michelmores LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

5 ranked lawyersBand 1South WestUK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Well-reputed agricultural team operating out of the firm's offices in Bristol and Exeter. Notable for strength in depth on both the contentious and transactional sides of agriculture work. Has strong client relationships with private landowners, local authorities and landed estates. Also provides corporate expertise for large farming companies, including advice on restructurings, share buy-backs and hive-downs.

Strengths

One source says that "all its lawyers are responsive, efficient, and have good knowledge of the law. They take a lead in agricultural tenancy law and rural estate management work. They are one of my go-to firms."

Work highlights

Advised Selkley Vale Milk Group on matters relating to its milk supply contracts as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Notable practitioners

Ben Sharples handles agricultural and rural property litigation and commercial disputes.
"Ben Sharples is extremely impressive: authoritative, with a very firm handle on the cases he deals with and a very good and clear perspective of what he wants to achieve in getting the best result. He's also very personable."

Christian Massey has extensive experience handling landed estate and rural property matters.
"He is very efficient and is a good communicator - he is very clear, very articulate and very experienced and has in-depth knowledge of the legal framework. He is one of the best in the country for agriculture matters."

Philip Wolfgang regularly acts for individual and institutional clients on a range of agricultural property matters.

Tom Hyde is a qualified rural chartered surveyor, and focuses on agricultural property transactions and other rural land matters.
"He is very practical. He is approachable and refreshing to work with. He tries to find a way forward."

Vivienne Williams focuses her practice on agricultural property disputes, regularly dealing with landlord and tenant issues and possession claims.

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Overview

Michelmores have the largest team of Agricultural solicitors in the country, offering practical and commercial advice to landowners, farming businesses, landed estates, institutions and others with interests in land and the wider rural economy.

Informed and proactive, we understand the demands and requirements placed on those operating in the rural sector. Our clients receive advice from lawyers who have a thorough understanding of countryside issues, and provide seamless advice on all aspects of business, with one main point of contact. 

Members

Williams, Vivienne (Head of Department)

Baines, Andrew

Baines, Caroline

Bray, Helen

Corbin, Adam

Drew, Hannah

Edwards, Josie

Everett Nunns, Katharine

Hansford, Sarah

Howell, Katie

Hyde, Tom

Kaur, Rajvinder

Massey, Christian

Nanua, Seema

O'Connor, Rachel

Razay, Charlotte

Rhodes, Sarah

Rostron, Jake

Sharples, Ben

Williams, Erica

Industries

Banks

Charities / Not for Profit

Construction & Materials

Energy

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry

Mining & Metals

Real Estate

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Michelmores LLP

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Location

Broad Quay House

Broad Quay

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 4DJ

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Bristol and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Ben Sharples
Band 1
Vivienne Williams
Band 1
Cheltenham and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Christian Massey
Band 1
Exeter and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Philip Wolfgang
Band 1