Thrings LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

South West
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What the team is known for Respected agricultural practice with a strong presence in the South West. Advises farming businesses, members of rural organisations and landed estates on a range of agricultural law matters. Members of the team also act for financial institutions on secured lending transactions.

Strengths A market source says: "It's a very strong all-round firm, with particular expertise in rural and farming-related issues."

An interviewee comments: "It's an excellent team with an encyclopaedic knowledge."

Work highlights Advised successfully on appeal regarding an £11 million agricultural partnership dispute.

Notable practitioners

Duncan Sigournay is head of the firm's agriculture team and advises on agricultural property matters, with a particular specialism in agricultural tenancies. A source says: "He knows exactly what's going on. He's a very capable person."

Neil Barbour leads the firm's agricultural property team and advises on the purchase and sale of agricultural property as well as leasing matters. A source says: "He is the best in the country without a shadow of a doubt - he is the best farm conveyancer; it is a specific art he has."

Robert James is an associate advising on a range of agricultural disputes, and has particular experience in proprietary estoppel cases. A source says: "He's excellent; extremely efficient, very proactive, and very personable." Another enthuses: "He has an extreme level of detail; what he delivers to the client feels like a one-on-one Rolls-Royce service."

Russell Reeves leads the firm's agricultural litigation team and advises on all agricultural litigation matters. A source says: "He has a clear understanding of the issues presented and has a strong knowledge of his specialism."