Overview

We have advised farmers, tenants, agribusinesses and public bodies for more than forty years which has provided us with an in-depth understanding of the issues farmers and landowners face. Our specialists have the expertise and experience to assist clients in this sector with all of their legal needs.

Our team consists of a number of lawyers (many of whom are Welsh speaking) who have developed an understanding of the agriculture sector from advising on various contractual, corporate and rural land and property matters and also providing personal advice for individuals and families involved in farming businesses. 

Key contact

Matthew is a partner and heads up Hugh James’s Private Wealth offering. He is responsible for the development, implementation and long-term strategy of the team, which includes the agriculture team. Matthew has a UK-wide reputation in the field of contentious probate, with a particular focus on inheritance disputes arising in the agricultural sector.

View team

Farming continuity planning

As part of our specialist services to agricultural clients, we offer a range of products designed to protect the future of farming businesses.

We understand that a farming business is often a joint endeavour of several generations of the same family. This arrangement has often existed for many years and continues to the benefit of future generations.

The impact that a lack of formal or complete future planning can have on a business can be devastating, for instance where a farming partner dies or loses capacity.

Whilst informal plans for the future will almost certainly be in place between farming partners, those arrangements will not always necessarily be recognised at law or, indeed, by family members outside of the farming business. That can lead to costly and bitter disputes which can threaten the future of the farming business.

With that in mind, Hugh James offers a range of products for clients in the agricultural sector designed to ensure that appropriate plans are put in place to secure a smooth transition to future members of a farming business, whenever that is necessary. These products can be purchased separately or, as a package, depending on your needs.

Quotes

Matthew Evans has a 'genuine commitment to excellence'; he heads the firm's overarching wealth management group and is predominantly focused on handling contentious matters including proprietary estoppel cases, an area which he has developed a leading reputation as a result of handling some landmark cases - including most notably acting for the claimant in the much vaunted Davies v Davies litigation.

The Legal 500

Quotes

Hugh James provides a 'very strong and comprehensive service' to a wide range of farming clients including high-net-worth landowners and farmers, as well as numerous public sector entities. The 'hugely respected' Matthew Evans regularly handles work for agricultural clients as part of his broad-ranging wealth management practice.

The Legal 500

Quotes

The 'very tenacious' Roman Kubiak regularly handles contentious probate matters for farming clients and has 'developed an excellent reputation as someone who really understands his clients and their complex problems, and is able to deliver an effective strategy which they understand'.

The Legal 500

Business news, knowledge and insight