Hugh James has advised farmers, tenants, agribusinesses and public bodies for more than forty years. This in-depth understanding of the issues farmers and landowners face means our specialists have the expertise and experience to assist clients in this sector with all of their legal needs.
The team at Hugh James 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.
Our broad expertise includes:
As part of our specialist services to agricultural clients, we are pleased to present 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 offer 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.
Our recent experience in the agriculture sector includes:
Hugh James offers a broad range of services concerning contentious and non-contentious agricultural issues. They are well suited to dealing with Welsh matters due to a large number of Welsh speakers in the team. A client states that: “They have a fabulous array of contacts.”
Chambers UK 2014
Richard Locke leads a cross-departmental team at Hugh James which acts for the Welsh Government, the Farmers’ Union of Wales, and Welsh Milk, and has strength in property, projects and private client. Wiljo Salen is also recommended.
The Legal 500 2013
New to the ranking this year, Hugh James is legal adviser to the Welsh government, and to the FUW. Richard Locke leads the practice, and Wiljo Salen is recommended for contentious issues, particularly probate related. The firm has strong tax, trusts and property teams.
The Legal 500 2012
Hugh James is a panel firm for the Welsh Government, and through this has been instructed in relation to contentious issues surrounding the Single Farm Payment Scheme. A market commentator states that the team is “very professional and has expertise in the agriculture field.”
Chambers UK 2013
“There aren’t many in Wales that operate at their level”
Chambers UK 2016
Partner, Head of Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates and Head of Wealth Management Services