Agriculture & Rural Affairs
No5 Chambers has a team of barristers, specially selected from all the disciplines, who have recognised expertise in agriculture.
Headed by Paul Bleasdale QC, a Deputy Chairman of the Agricultural Land Tribunal, the aim is teamwork and a down to earth approach. As those of you who practise in this area will know, agriculture is not so much an area of law as a subject matter. Agricultural practitioners must deal not only with the highly specialist area of agricultural law but also a diverse range of other issues that relate to an agricultural or rural situation. Although a broad knowledge of the of law is essential, so far as the client is concerned it does not matter whether it is a farm conveyance, tax planning, a neighbour dispute or a commercial contract action. What is important is that the legal team understand the farming industry and the practical aspects of the situation. Nothing annoys farmers more than having to explain all of the background to farming before even getting to their legal problem.
Our expertise is diverse and specialist and includes the following: all aspects of property and chancery work, Agricultural Land Tribunal arbitrations, single farm payment and related issues, rural planning and compensation issues, Lands Tribunal References, agricultural property relief and tax planning, family disputes, personal injury, employment, regulatory work, environmental issues, equine law, crime.
With Chambers situated in Birmingham and Bristol as well as London, the Group is perfectly placed to service the rural communities of England and Wales. All members of the Group are members of the Agricultural Law Association and many have close links with members of the RICS and the CLA.