NFU confirms appointment of its Legal Panel firms

07 October 2022

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The NFU has confirmed the outcome of its 2022 review of Legal Panel firms with fifteen firms reappointed to the panel.

The review assessed the firms’ legal services, engagement with the organisation and its members as well as feedback from NFU members and staff.

The firms appointed to the Legal Panel offer a comprehensive legal service encompassing all areas of law relevant to farming and growing, including:

  • succession planning
  • diversification
  • renewable energy
  • dispute resolution
  • planning
  • probate
  • family
  • conveyancing

Expertise highly valued

NFU director of policy Andrew Clark said: “The Legal Panel is an important feature of the NFU’s legal services offering to our members and I am delighted to confirm the reappointments.

“The NFU’s panel firms are committed to supporting NFU members and have clearly strengthened their agricultural and rural teams over the past few years. Their broad expertise is highly valued by our in-house legal team and NFU members.”

Delivering benefits for NFU members

Chair of the NFU legal board Nick Hamer added: “The aftermath of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic created a number of challenges for farming and growing businesses. We are entering a period of transition for the industry and this undoubtedly puts the Legal Panel in high demand, providing expert advice to NFU members on a wide range of legal matters.

“The reappointments will serve to strengthen the bond between the NFU and the Legal Panel, delivering benefits for all NFU members and LAS subscribers.”

The NFU Legal Panel firms:

East Anglia:

Tees solicitors

HCR Hewitsons

East Midlands:

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Bowcock Cuerden LLP

Josiah Hincks

North East:

Jacksons Law Firm

Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP

North West:

Napthens Solicitors

Bowcock Cuerden LLP

South East:

Thrings LLP

Warners Solicitors

South West:

Clarke Willmott LLP

Foot Anstey LLP

West Midlands:

Lanyon Bowdler

Shakespeare Martineau

South Wales:

JCP Solicitors Ltd

The NFU is finalising panel representation for its North Wales territory. In the meantime, the service will continue to be delivered as previously.

For information about the Legal Panel Firms and how to join the Legal Assistance Scheme, call NFU CallFirst on 0370 845 8458.

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