Legal Assistance Scheme (LAS)

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Membership categories: Farmer and Grower (£35 + VAT)
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The Legal Assistance Scheme (LAS) is a unique service available as an optional extra to Farmer and Grower members currently at just £35 + VAT a year.

It's extremely popular, and around 90% of our members subscribe to it. It provides financial support, professional guidance and a contribution towards professional costs for members facing legal disputes relating to their business as farmers or growers (in accordance with the rules).

This is not legal expenses insurance, but does offer its subscribers exclusive benefits.

Benefits of the Legal Assistance Scheme:

  • Free preliminary advice provided by an NFU CallFirst adviser

  • Free initial discussion of your case when using an NFU Panel Firm and subsequently discounted areas

  • A free initial written report from an NFU Panel Firm to assist with an application for funding from the NFU

  • Financial support towards professional fees* up to £6,000. Additional funding may be available from the National Legal Board in exceptional cases

  • Contribution towards mediation or any other form of Alternative Dispute Resolution costs in inter-member disputes

  • Up to £600 for budgetary advice for tenants' rent reviews

  • £500 towards professional fees for BPS Independent Panel Reviews

  • Confidentiality assured

*Financial support will be between 25-75% of the member's own professional costs up to a maximum of £6,000. The Legal Board can offer more support at its discretion and depending on the implications, merits and facts of the case. Awards are discretionary and each case is decided on its facts and legal merits. Costs incurred prior to NFU notification do not qualify.

Full terms and conditions (effective from 1 November 2014), including eligibility criteria, are available below or from NFU CallFirst on 0370 845 8458.

Terms and conditions

LAS eligibility criteria

LAS appeal process

LAS governing rules

See also: NFU's Legal Assistance Scheme celebrates 30th anniversary (Nov 2017)

Find out about the history of LAS here

LAS scheme - hear what our members have to say about using the Scheme: 

“I am very grateful for the financial help from the NFU to enable me to get a reduction in rent”

“Very excellent service from the NFU CallFirst, the panel firm solicitor and the LAS. Thank you all very much”

“The Scheme has made it possible for us to pursue a very important issue which because of cost, may not have been taken. It is only hoped that there is a successful outcome after all the time, cost and effort”

“I would just like to say that even though I will not go for a rent reduction this time, I feel much more confident in approaching landlords. I have much more knowledge on my rights as a tenant and also in which direction I can take my business in the future. I think this is a good initiative that the NFU is running”

“The Legal Assistance Scheme gives you enough financial security and, therefore, the confidence to mount the necessary challenge when a spurious claim is made against you. Long may it continue”

“NFU and the Legal Assistance Scheme came through to even up the playing field at a time of great need”

“With the NFU behind our problems, we have move weight behind us and have better results”

“There are not many places to turn to for guidance, support and help for farmers. We found the LAS team have an understanding of a close family farm experiencing a legal crisis”

“I was very pleased to get support in this matter after being told that I did not stand a chance in getting the RPA to pay but, to get the merchant to go halfway was a success and the NFU Legal Assistance was to a degree the icing on the cake. Thank you all very much”

"Excellent service throughout this long and protractive case – We are most grateful for the help we have had – without NFU help we would not have been able to see it through 5½ years and in the end we won the case."

"At a very difficult time with a long standing debt, and getting no-where, without JPS we would still be chasing this debt. We had the whole debt repaid. At all times I was kept informed of any developments."

"I am very grateful for the assistance provided, it has been very helpful. When farmers and growers are faced with very heavy legal costs it is important that the NFU is able to help, and this grower gratefully recognises that."

Last edited on: 20:12:2018

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