Mills & Reeve LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

East Anglia
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What the team is known for Strong agricultural property team that handles some of the most substantial transactions across the region and nationally. Clients include farmers, landed estate owners, major farming businesses and landowning colleges. Well placed to advice agribusinesses on all aspects of complex agricultural transactions.

Strengths A source says: "They are able to call on a wide variety of specialisms, which is extremely helpful when dealing with what are often large and complex property transactions."

Work highlights Advised Strutt & Parker in relation to its sale to Robigus.

Notable practitioners


Amanda Tagg
is sought for her agricultural law experience in land diversification matters, as well as option agreements and energy and development projects. Commentators praise her ability to "get the job done practically and sensibly."


Dawn Chapman
advises clients on significant farm and landed estate transactions, as well as agricultural tenancies.


Matthew Hesketh
handles the full range of rural property matters for institutional landowners and private individuals, with particular expertise advising family farming businesses.


Michael Aubrey
is adept at advising clients on the full spectrum of agricultural law and property issues. Sources say he is "one of the best in the business," noting that he possesses "technical expertise and a great work ethic, with a very personable approach."


Nicola Dernie
is a highly experienced solicitor who handles all aspects of complex rural matters for landed estate and other landowning clients. She receives plaudits from interviewees who say she is "an extremely knowledgeable and diligent lawyer" who is "very thorough at what she does."


Timothy Ryan
is well regarded for his advice to private landowners and corporate entities on rural property and development land matters. A source appreciates that "he is always at the other end of the phone, knows his stuff and is very thorough."