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Legal Helpdesk

Our Legal Helpdesk gives members access to free legal advice with a specialist rural business solicitor. Open to Farmers Guardian VIP+ and Arable Pro members in England and Wales, the service provides 30 minutes of free legal advice with every query.

The Legal Helpdesk is a phone-based service, but both Napthens and Wright Hassall solicitors can be visited, in person, in Preston or Birmingham.

The Napthens and Wright Hassall teams of rural specialists provide a range of advice covering agricultural law and other legal issues affecting farmers, their families and employees, plus landowners and rural businesses.

Whether your enterprise is big or small, this service is open to you

From the smallest query, to complex legal issues, don't hesitate to get in touch and see how Napthens and Wright Hassall can help you
How do I access the Legal Helpdesk?


How do I access the Legal Helpdesk?


If you're based in the north of the country telephone Napthens directly on

0845 070 2873

 

If you're based in the south of the country telephone Wright Hassall directly on

01926 883 089



Please ensure you have your membership number and address details to hand. You won't be able to claim your 30 minutes of free legal advice without a valid, active VIP Membership number.

Who are Napthens?

Who are Napthens?

Napthens' team of rural specialists provide a range of advice covering agricultural law and other legal issues affecting farmers, their families and employees, landowners and rural businesses of all kinds.

 

As well as a dedicated Rural department, the team includes several solicitors from a range of services with expertise in the agricultural sector. In particular, this includes employment, corporate and construction specialists, and a team of litigation experts who deal with all aspects of property and tenancy litigation in relation to agricultural matters.

Who are Wright Hassall?

Who are Wright Hassall?

Wright Hassall has been advising farmers, land owners and rural businesses for over 170 years. Based in Warwickshire, our expert team advises clients across the UK on all aspects of rural and agricultural law with particular specialisms in the buying and selling of farms and estates, strategic land development, succession planning, diversification and dispute resolution (both commercial and family). Top ranked in the legal directories, we are noted for our “genuine expertise in agricultural work”.

 

The Rural Business teams cover all areas of rural and agricultural law including:

The Rural Business teams cover all areas of rural and agricultural law including:

  • Sale and purchase of land and entitlements
  • HS2 advice in respect of compensation claims
  • Strategic planning
  • Succession planning
  • Re-finances of farms and estates
  • Bank mandates
  • Commercial contracts for farming business
  • Renewable energy schemes
  • Restructuring and refinancing
  • Woodland and Forestry acquisition and disposal work
  • Tax and estate planning
  • Partnership formation and dissolution
  • Tenancies and licences (in particular Farm Business Tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and shorter term grazing licences)
  • Diversification
  • Planning, development, engineering and construction
  • Tenancy and farming disputes
  • Rights of way and boundary disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • Pollution, health and safety prosecutions
  • Contractual disputes with feed suppliers, fertiliser suppliers etc
  • Agricultural veterinary negligence
  • Farm partnerships, structures and farm business tenancies
  • Employment of farm workers
  • Rights and responsibilities as a land owner
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Family disputes and divorce
  • Civil litigation
  • Defending statutory prosecutions by Local Authority, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive as well as other statutory bodies

Who can use the Legal Helpdesk?


The Legal Helpdesk is available to VIP+ members, excluding those in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Farmers Guardian Classic and Digital Members can upgrade by calling 0330 333 0056 alternatively subscribe now to our VIP+ subscription package below and receive this amazing benefit plus many more.


VIP+

£2.75 per week
Billed quarterly at: £35.75



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