North East law firms reappointed to NFU Legal Panel

First published: 10 November 2022

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Two legal firms with well-documented agricultural expertise have been reappointed as the North East representatives on the NFU Legal Panel.

Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors and Jacksons Law Firm were reappointed for a further three years following an assessment of their legal services, engagement with the NFU and its members, as well as feedback received.

Detailed understanding

Thanks to their long-standing relationship with NFU members, both companies have a detailed understanding of the issues facing farmers across the region and can provide advice on everything from succession and estate planning, business structures and diversification to renewable energy, employment and dispute resolution, planning and property matters including rights of way, probate, family law and conveyancing.

NFU regional director, Adam Bedford said: “Access to our specialist legal panel is an important benefit for our members and I am delighted that both firms have been reappointed. Both have strong agricultural and rural teams and their expertise is highly valued by our in-house legal team and our local members. We look forward to working closely with them during a time of exceptional change across the industry.”

Proud to be reappointed

Commenting, Amy Clarkson, Head of Agriculture and Landed Estates at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors said: “We are really pleased and proud to be reappointed again. We have been on the legal panel since May 2008 and enjoy continuing to work with and support the local farming community.

“Coming from an agricultural background, I hope that my first-hand experience of the farming industry gives me a real understanding and knowledge of specialist issues that will help NFU members with the smooth operation of their farming business.”

Endorsement means a great deal to us

Simon Catterall, Partner and Head of Regulatory at Jacksons Law said: “We are delighted with this appointment. Jacksons has long been regarded for its advice to the farming and agricultural community and to be formally endorsed by NFU means a great deal to us.

“Founded in 1876, and with offices in Tyne and Wear and Teesside, Jacksons is one of the largest and longest-established law firms in the region employing over 50 lawyers covering a wide range of agricultural services to both business owners and individuals.”

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