A Leicestershire law firm is celebrating after scooping a prestigious national award for its service to the farming community.
Josiah Hincks Solicitors, who have offices in Leicester, Coalville, Syston, Blaby and Market Harborough, have been unveiled as the NFU’s Tim Sell Legal Panel Excellence Award 2020 winners.
Josiah Hincks are one of just three law firms picked by the leading farming organisation to provide crucial legal advice to its East Midlands members, as part of the NFU’s wide range of services available to members.
Andrew Eagle and his team fought off strong competition from across the country to emerge as the national winners.
Senior partner at Josiah Hincks, Andrew Eagle, said: “We are delighted to have been given this award. We always strive to deliver excellent service to our clients and when it is recognised in this way, it’s extremely rewarding.
“It’s a team effort and I am very proud of what we have achieved for NFU members over the year.”
NFU Legal Assistance Scheme manager, Regina Owusu, said: “Josiah Hincks stood out this year due to their outstanding work and their engagement with the East Midlands region and our members.
“Being a small to medium-size firm, we believe they punch above their weight. They have always been personable, quick to respond to queries and hugely supportive of the NFU and our members since they joined the panel.
“They are always willing to help, including being called upon during weekends and outside office hours, and the feedback from NFU members who have dealt with them has been glowing.”
Josiah Hincks have dealt with a number of complex cases in the past year and have led the way with a sensitive approach.
Amongst the firm’s exceptional work was supporting a group of dairy farmers in recovering money owed to them and enabling some to terminate their contracts without resorting to litigation; particularly important during these unprecedented times. The amount recovered for many small, medium and large producers is nearly £2m.
NFU East Midlands regional director Gordon Corner said: “We are absolutely delighted - and not the least bit surprised – that Josiah Hincks have won this prestigious national award.
“As one of three NFU East Midlands panel firm solicitors who deal with complex legal cases for our members, they provide a vital service.
“Josiah Hincks have represented farmers in the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland area with huge skill, determination and success and we are thrilled this has been recognised at a national level.”