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PUBLISHED: 15:23 07 November 2018

Lodders' new Rural Sector team

Lodders' new Rural Sector team


We find out whose career is going places in the Cotswolds...

Rural Sector team, Lodders

South West law firm Lodders has launched a new Rural Sector team of legal specialists dedicated to the agricultural and countryside sector.

The firm, which has worked with farmers, landowners and rural businesses throughout its 230-year history, has brought together the team to reflect the modern and changing legal needs of businesses, families and individuals working and living in the rural community and countryside.

Lodders’ managing partner Paul Mourton said: Lodders’ portfolio of specialist legal services and sector teams work with every aspect of the rural community, from providing advice on farm sales and acquisitions, the development of land through strategic land options and promotion agreements, litigation, planning and highways, family and divorce, to support with succession planning, probate and wills, inheritance tax planning, care for the elderly, and renewable energy schemes.

“More and more, when our rural sector clients are engaging with Lodders, they are looking to our legal specialists to support them with every aspect of their business and personal lives.”

Head of Lodders’ Agriculture team, James Spreckley, said: “Lodders genuinely understands the nuances of agriculture and farming families and rural sector businesses, and from its knowledge and experience, very many of the considerations and challenges they face daily.

“The launch of the rural sector team is as a result of this recognition that the demand for legal services from within the rural and agricultural communities requires a multi-disciplinary, joined-up approach from specialists within different departments and areas of expertise to provide the best and most complete legal service.”

With Lodders’ top ranking agricultural sector practice at its heart, the rural sector team has more than 20 lawyers, including 10 of Lodders’ partners and its ‘rural ambassadors’ David Lodder and Rod Bird, who between them, have been involved in working with the firm’s agricultural and rural clients for over 65 years.

“Utilising our knowledge of the sector and ongoing focus and engagement with the rural and countryside communities, in the team we bring together our experts in each of the specialist legal services to assist Lodders’ rural sector clients, based on our focus, knowledge and engagement with the countryside, agricultural enterprises and rural communities,” explains one of the new team’s succession planning specialists, John Rouse.

Emma Hickson, BPE Solicitors

BPE Solicitors, a Top 200 law firm with headquarters in Cheltenham, has appointed Emma Hickson as a Senior Associate as part of its Commercial team.

Joining BPE from Charles Russell Speechlys and having worked in commercial law for more than a decade, Emma brings a wealth of experience to the team. Emma trained and qualified at Eversheds LLP in London before spending eight years working for IT services company DXC Technology (formerly Computer Sciences Corporation) as an outsourcing lawyer. Emma also has first-hand experience of the growing fintech sector having been Chief Legal Officer for mobile payments company, Luup.

Emma advises on commercial contracts with a particular interest in technology and IT, often negotiating complex framework and subcontracting arrangements and advising on high value outsourcing bids in both the public and private sectors.

John Workman, Senior Partner at BPE, said: “Emma’s diverse experience, including negotiating and supporting the outsourced private-sector delivery of two of the largest UK government IT infrastructure contracts, is hugely valuable.”

Emma Hickson (c) Clint Randall / www.pixelprphotography.co.ukEmma Hickson (c) Clint Randall / www.pixelprphotography.co.uk

Mike Canby, Hennie Hargreaves, James Dunn, Chloe Thynne and Eliana Pavel, Butler Sherborn

Mike Canby has joined Butler Sherborn to head up the rural and professional department’s farm and estate management work. He has extensive estate management experience in Dorset and Yorkshire, and has recently moved to the Cotswolds with his wife Ella.

The department has also appointed Hennie Hargreaves, a RICS chartered surveyor and registered valuer.

Hennie will work with Mike, Jonathan Malings and Richard Greasby in providing estate management support and professional valuations, along with grant and subsidy advice for farmers.

Richard Greasby, partner and head of the rural and professional department says: “We are delighted to have Mike and Hennie join us.

“They will provide greater breadth and depth within our team while helping us expand and maintain the support to our existing, loyal and valuable clients.”

The Cirencester residential agency team also has some new faces. James Dunn is a senior negotiator who has worked in the property market for 16 years. Chloe Thynne has also joined as a senior negotiator with 14 years property experience. She has a diploma in architectural interior design.

The third new member is Eliana Pavel who is PA to partner, Sam Butler.

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