Our specialist team of agricultural lawyers is based at our South Molton office. They deal with both rural affairs on Exmoor and the wider farming community in North Devon. The team is overseen by Brett Lawrence a Partner and specialist property lawyer. The team also includes Helen Hine, herself a farmer’s daughter.
In many legal firms agricultural work falls between two stalls: the technical complexities of farmland will invariably be dealt with by the property team while matters such as the creation of partnership agreements and other finance work are likely to be dealt with by the commercial team. Slee Blackwell Solicitors are different. Our Rural and Agricultural team will take care of all your affairs. Matters will be dealt with by a dedicated lawyer throughout so that continuity of service can be guaranteed.
So, by choosing Slee Blackwell you are assured that your legal affairs won’t be managed by a range of different people, in different departments, in different offices, but by one person who will make it their job to understand your individual needs and establish a close working relationship with you.
Being based in the heart of Devon, our South Molton office deals almost exclusively with agricultural and rural law. This involves us dealing with a broad spectrum of work including matters as diverse as hunting rights in the Southwest outside of the Duchy of Cornwall, the reservation of fishing rights and the transfer of working farms as a going concern.
We work closely with the agricultural teams at the major banks and financial institutions. We have also established close links with other farming and agricultural professionals, including accountants, land agents and farm business advisors. We know that our job fits into a bigger picture with a requirement to work in tandem with others to give you the best commercial advantage possible. We are not precious about what we do, but we do take pride in what we do.
Our local knowledge, acquired over generations, and familiarity with local planning requirements gives us an edge. This can be a huge benefit for clients seeking assistance with matters such as planning agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act. We are also very familiar with the requirements of North Devon District Council, Torridge District Council and Exmoor National Park, amongst others.
Here are just a few examples of the type of work our agricultural and rural lawyers deal with:
This is not an exhaustive list, rather just an indication of the type work we deal with on a daily basis. If you have any questions regarding a matter that is not on the list then please speak to us.
Partner – Property
Brett trained with Slee Blackwell and has worked in four of the firms five offices. He also sits on the Devon and Exeter Law Society education and training sub-committee.
Consultant – Rural Property
John is based in South Molton and specialises in rural property matters. He joined Slee Blackwell in 1974, and became a partner in 1976.