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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
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They deal very well with some complex transactions and they really know their stuff."

"They are efficient and have great knowledge of the agricultural sector."

Work highlights Advised Lloyds Bank on obtaining security over the purchase of a large farm.

Acted for a major renewable energy company on the development of a solar farm on agricultural land.

Notable practitioners

Richard Miller is head of the firm's agribusiness department and is involved in the full spectrum of agricultural matters. He advises farmers, businesses and large landed estates and is described by a source as "very driven and good strategically." He is particularly known for renewables work and advising major lenders.

Associate Diane Barnes is dual-qualified in England and Scotland. One source says Barnes's "technical knowledge is very good and she provides a lot of good technical support to the team." She focuses on rural land transactions, agricultural tenancies and issues connected to the mines and minerals industry.

Significant clients Askham Bryan College, Clydesdale Bank, Hopes Auction Company, Stobart Air, Wensley Mackay.

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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

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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They did everything they said they would; they attended to matters very diligently and gave very clear and well thought-out advice."

"We were very impressed by their attention to detail as well as their personable approach."

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Carroll has considerable experience in this area of law and heads the agricultural practice. He is noted for his expertise in rural land transactions, contentious tenancy matters, renewable projects and development sales.

Significant clients HSBC, Earl of Derby, Church Commissioners.

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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

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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is absolutely superb; they are very approachable and have a very client-oriented ethos."

"They're very easy to get hold of and they are very responsive. It's a very professional set-up, the firm is run well."

Notable practitioners

Sam McAlister is a specialist agricultural practitioner. She advises on a wide range of agricultural property matters including purchases, sales disputes and tenancies. She has specialist expertise in commons law. One source says: "She has a lot of common sense and can handle difficult and sensitive legal issues very well. Technically she is also very good and personable."

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Band 1

Burnetts

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Miller is head of the firm's agribusiness department and is involved in the full spectrum of agricultural matters. He advises farmers, businesses and large landed estates and is described by a source as "very driven and good strategically." He is particularly known for renewables work and advising major lenders. 

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Band 2

Cartmell Shepherd

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Carroll has considerable experience in this area of law and heads the agricultural practice. He is noted for his expertise in rural land transactions, contentious tenancy matters, renewable projects and development sales.

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Band 2

Minihan McAlister

From the Chambers UK guide

Sam McAlister is a specialist agricultural practitioner. She advises on a wide range of agricultural property matters including purchases, sales disputes and tenancies. She has specialist expertise in commons law. One source says: "She has a lot of common sense and can handle difficult and sensitive legal issues very well. Technically she is also very good and personable."

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Associates to watch

Burnetts

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Diane Barnes is dual-qualified in England and Scotland. One source says Barnes's "technical knowledge is very good and she provides a lot of good technical support to the team." She focuses on rural land transactions, agricultural tenancies and issues connected to the mines and minerals industry.

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