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Legal Assistance Scheme

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Membership categories: Farmer and Grower (£33)
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The Legal Assistance Scheme (LAS) is a unique service available as an optional extra to Farmer and Grower members at just £33.00 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 £5,000. Additional funding may be available from the National Legal Board in exceptional cases

  • Contribution towards mediationor any other form of Alternative Dispute Resolutioncosts in inter-member disputes

  • Up to £500 for budgetary advice for tenants' rent reviews

  • £500 towards professional fees for SPS Independent Panel Reviews

  • Confidentiality assured

*Financial support will be between 25-75% of the member's own professional costs up to a maximum of £5,000. Awards are discretionary and each case is decided on its facts and legal merits. Costs incurred prior to NFU notifcation do not qualify.

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

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