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Matthew Neville

Yorkshire based law firm sees agricultural team expansion to meet demand

Full service law firm Shakespeare Martineau, based in Sheffield, has expanded its agricultural law team in order to meet demand for specialist legal services.

2020 saw the appointment of several key members of staff for the firm, including legal director Jennie Wheildon, solicitor Kimberley Brookes and partner Amy Cowdell, who share a combined 30 years of experience in agricultural law.

Head of agriculture Peter Snodgrass said: “The legal requirements of the agricultural sector can be complex and we recognise the importance of having access to an expert team of lawyers who understand and have experience of the multitude of challenges that can affect a farming business.”

Farmers and land managers deal with ever growing and more diverse businesses. These issues require specialist legal support and advice they can rely on.“

The agricultural team will operate in conjunction with other Shakespeare Martineau departments, including inheritance tax and wills, development land legal, farm disputes, and partners who specialise in renewable energy installations, such as solar farms.

Peter added: “This enables us to support a farming business with all its legal requirements, whether commercial development opportunities, diversification or energy and renewables.

“Agricultural law is a niche but highly sought-after and prestigious area of law, and we are continuing to expand the team with the aim of building a centre of excellence in the country.”

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