FBC Manby Bowdler Partner Secures Second Agricultural Law Fellowship in Staffordshire- 14/02/2012
A partner at law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has become only the second solicitor working in Staffordshire to be granted the top award by a leading rural legal business organisation.
Paul Horton has become a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA), the highest specialist qualification which the organisation can grant.
He follows in the footsteps of his colleague and partner at FBC Manby Bowdler, Steven Corfield, who was appointed a fellow of the ALA in 2009.
Mr Horton was awarded fellowship after passing an exam following a course of study based at The Scarman Centre at the University of Warwick, confirming his specialist knowledge of rural property and business matters, covering the law of Trusts, Inheritance and Capital Gains Taxation planning, Landlord and Tenant’s Succession, litigation relating to landlord and tenant and trustee matters, Town and Country Planning, and the Common Agricultural Policy.
A specialist in litigation, Mr Horton is a member of FBC Manby Bowdler’s Agricultural and Rural Services Team, a group of nine lawyers, led by Steven Corfield, which works for a large number of farming clients and landed estates, including the Crown Estate.
As part of the Agricultural and Rural Services Team, Mr Horton advises on litigation matters on agricultural holdings, farm tenancies and trusts and he has been recognised by The Legal 500, known as ‘The Lawyer’s Bible’, as "a leader in his field” for his work on agricultural and rural matters.
“I am delighted to have been able to follow in Steven’s footsteps and become not just the second lawyer working in Staffordshire, but the second from FBC Manby Bowdler to receive this highly sought after qualification. This is yet another endorsement of the standard of work which not just I, but the whole of the Agricultural and Rural Services Team carry out for our clients across Shropshire and beyond,” said Mr Horton.