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Agriculture & Rural Affairs — Carlisle and surrounds


Burnetts - Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Carlisle, Cockermouth, Penrith

What the team is known for Well-established practice with strength and depth to deal with a comprehensive range of agricultural law matters. Advises on the sale and purchase of farms, renewable energy work, business structures and planning matters. Also handles rural finance for major retail banks. Regularly advises landlords and tenants on agricultural tenancies.

Strengths Clients say: "They're an established local team with a good balance of experience and expertise."

Sources add: "They're very knowledgeable, quick to respond and able to explain things simply."

Work highlights Advised Lloyds Bank on the re-mortgaging of a large farm.

Advised Jim Peet (Agriculture) on all agricultural matters arising from its purchase by Northwest Feeds Agriculture.

Significant clients Askham Bryan College, Thomas Armstrong (Aggregates), Mitchell's Auction Company, H&H Group, Clydesdale Bank.

Notable practitioners

Richard Miller leads the firm's agribusiness and property department and works with farmers, businesses and financial institutions on a wide range of agricultural matters. He regularly advises on rural property transactions, tenancy issues, land registration and farm partnerships. Miller also has expertise in renewable energy projects. Sources describe him as "driven and commercially focused" and "very helpful, knowledgeable and approachable."

Joanne McKenzie is described by a source as "approachable and friendly." She works on a variety of rural matters, including agricultural tenancies, the sale and purchase of farms and farming partnerships. An interviewee says: "She is good on tenancy issues, wills and land issues. Her style is relaxed, yet knowledgeable."

Senior associate Diane Barnes handles rural land transactions as well as agricultural tenancy matters and mines and minerals work. Barnes is described by sources as "extremely efficient and approachable on property matters" and "efficient, knowledgeable in her particular field and helpful." She is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

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Cartmell Shepherd - Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Penrith, Brampton, Carlisle, Rosehill

What the team is known for Renowned agriculture firm in the North West dealing with all aspects of agricultural law. Advises on farm sales and purchases, agricultural tenancies, development and option agreements and compulsory purchases. Specialist expertise in renewables, sporting rights and equestrian law. Clients include landed estates, financial institutions, land agents and farmers.

Significant clients HSBC, Earl of Derby, Church Commissioners.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Carroll leads the firm's agriculture practice and is a well-known figure in the sector. He advises on rural land transactions, development sales and renewables projects. Carroll also represents clients involved in tenancy disputes.

Mark Jackson deals with a variety of agricultural property matters. He regularly assists clients with the sale and purchase of farms, estates, rural residential properties and woodland. A source says: "He is very pragmatic, sensible, and he doesn't make a meal out of things."

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Minihan McAlister - Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- Office location: Carlisle

What the team is known for Well-established niche agricultural and rural affairs law firm based in Cumbria. Advises farmers and rural landowners on a range of matters including farming business structures, land transactions, diversification and commercial ventures. Also experienced in first registrations, estoppel claims and manorial rights. Handles contentious matters, including property and partnership disputes.

Strengths Sources say: "They're technically very strong and specialists in agriculture. They do a good job for their clients and everything is done in good time."

Sources say: "They are quick to deal with queries and practical in their solutions."

Notable practitioners

Sam McAlister specialises in agriculture law and is experienced in handling the sale and purchase of agricultural property, as well as tenancy matters and disputes. McAlister is recognised for her expertise in commons law and one source notes that "she knows what she's doing – it's a relatively niche area that not many people do." She is also described as "technically very good" and is praised for her "common-sense approach."

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Band 1

Burnetts

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Miller leads the firm's agribusiness and property department and works with farmers, businesses and financial institutions on a wide range of agricultural matters. He regularly advises on rural property transactions, tenancy issues, land registration and farm partnerships. Miller also has expertise in renewable energy projects. Sources describe him as "driven and commercially focused" and "very helpful, knowledgeable and approachable."

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Band 2

Cartmell Shepherd

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Carroll leads the firm's agriculture practice and is a well-known figure in the sector. He advises on rural land transactions, development sales and renewables projects. Carroll also represents clients involved in tenancy disputes.

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Band 2

Minihan McAlister

From the Chambers UK guide

Sam McAlister specialises in agriculture law and is experienced in handling the sale and purchase of agricultural property, as well as tenancy matters and disputes. McAlister is recognised for her expertise in commons law and one source notes that "she knows what she's doing – it's a relatively niche area that not many people do." She is also described as "technically very good" and is praised for her "common-sense approach."

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Associates to watch

Burnetts

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Diane Barnes handles rural land transactions as well as agricultural tenancy matters and mines and minerals work. Barnes is described by sources as "extremely efficient and approachable on property matters" and "efficient, knowledgeable in her particular field and helpful." She is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

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Associates to watch

Cartmell Shepherd

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Jackson deals with a variety of agricultural property matters. He regularly assists clients with the sale and purchase of farms, estates, rural residential properties and woodland. A source says: "He is very pragmatic, sensible, and he doesn't make a meal out of things."

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Associates to watch

Burnetts

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Diane Barnes handles rural land transactions as well as agricultural tenancy matters and mines and minerals work. Barnes is described by sources as "extremely efficient and approachable on property matters" and "efficient, knowledgeable in her particular field and helpful." She is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

Joanne McKenzie is described by a source as "approachable and friendly." She works on a variety of rural matters, including agricultural tenancies, the sale and purchase of farms and farming partnerships. An interviewee says: "She is good on tenancy issues, wills and land issues. Her style is relaxed, yet knowledgeable." 

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