Agriculture & Renewables.

Whether you are a landowner, a tenant, or just need advice on rural legal issues, we have years of first-hand experience of agricultural law.

The legal challenges in the agriculture and renewables industries are unique.

You can rely on us to understand.

FBC Manby Bowdler is recognised annually as having the leading specialist law team servicing the agricultural sector in the West Midlands, Shropshire and beyond - with most of our advisors actually heralding from farming families themselves.

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Whether you are a landowner, a tenant, or just need advice on rural legal issues, we have years of first-hand experience of agricultural law and have a specialist legal team available.

Our agricultural team not only possess a wealth of relevant experience in regards to rural legal matters, they continue to keep themselves up-to-date with the evolving legislation and changes to agricultural & farming laws.

We advise on issues including work on freehold land sales and purchases, Landlord and Tenant (and in particular agricultural holdings and farm business tenancies), town and country planning, inheritance tax planning, litigation with regard to trespass, rights of way and adverse possession and company & partnership work.

 
 

Our expert agricultural & rural advice covers:

Land sales and acquisitions including farm and estate sales & purchases

Succession planning

Inheritance Tax Planning

Finance including advice on legal charges and independent legal advice for lenders

Agricultural tenancies including advice in relation to Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, farm business tenancies and agricultural work tenancies

Partnerships including partnership agreements and restructuring

Joint Ventures including grazing agreements, share farming and contract farming

Diversification including business tenancies, renewables and mines & minerals

The Common Agricultural Policy including advice in relation to Single Farm Payments (SFP) and environmental stewardship

Equine matters including livery agreements and equestrian leases & licensing

Sporting Rights including registration and shooting & fishing licences

Farm and estate management including access, water, residential tenancies and service occupancies

Sarah Baugh

Working With Our Sector Team

Always working in partnership with you, we are thorough, focused and committed to exceeding client expectations. Over the years, our rural legal team has helped dozens of farmers, farm employees, and other members of the public, with relevant agricultural disputes & legal issues that require the services of a highly experienced agricultural law solicitor.

- Sarah Baugh

If you have an enquiry in relation to an Agricultural issue or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Legal 500 2021: The Agricultural & Rural Services Team were recognised as a Top Tier team in the West Midlands.

‘Thorough knowledge with practical application and an approachable attitude. Tom Devey and Sarah Bough are the “go-to” landed estate lawyers in the region‘.

To find out more about our rankings, please click here.

Legal 500 Top Tier 2021

Chambers UK 2021: The Agricultural & Rural Services Team were ranked in Band 1 in the Agriculture category within the West Midlands.

"I have always found the teams to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to talk to. They look for practical solutions that enable the client to make informed decisions."

To find out more about our rankings, please click here.

ALA Fellowship: The ALA promote understanding and development in Agricultural Law and related areas and awards the Fellowship, it's highest qualification, to those who have passed an advanced exam.

Awarded to Sarah BaughTom Devey and Anna Russell. To find out more, please click here.

ALA

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Meet Your Lawyers


Anna Russell

Senior Solicitor

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Brian Aikman

Partner

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Graham Fuller

Partner

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Jane Hughes

Consultant

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Julia Fitzsimmons

Partner

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Mark Turner

Solicitor

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Megan Price

Solicitor

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Melanie Ilic

Paralegal

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Mohammed Ahsan

Partner

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Philip Cowell

Partner

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Samantha Roberts

Solicitor

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Sarah Baugh

Partner

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Sarah Millington

Partner

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Stuart Rea

Partner

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Suzanne Tucker

Associate

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Tom Devey

Partner

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Tracy Worthington

Partner

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What Our Clients Say
 

Completely satisfied with the efficiency and understanding with which you dealt with my needs at a very difficult time for both my son and myself.

Megan Price

Jane

 

We found you very helpful and friendly and if in the future, we will come back to you again.

Anna Russell

Anon

 

Dealing with Megan was lovely. We were kept well informed throughout. FBC Manby Bowdler were also very well respected by our valuation expert.

Megan Price

Mr & Mrs H

 

I was very happy with the service received from Tom Devey and the team at FBCMB, you were great throughout all.

Even though I do not use solicitors very often, I would use the firm again in the future.

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