Shropshire law firm appointed to NFU legal panel
14th July 2015
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One of the region’s leading agricultural law firms has been reappointed to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) legal panel - confirming its commitment to the agricultural sector.

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, which covers Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire, participated in a thorough six-month review by the NFU and was praised for its strength of expertise in agricultural matters.

The announcement means the firm has retained its place on the NFU legal panel for the third time, which places it amongst the leading agricultural law firms across the UK.

Lanyon Bowdler has one of the largest agricultural teams in the region, made up of 13 partners and 26 other solicitors across eight legal departments.

Brian Evans, head of the agricultural team, said the firm was committed to showcasing the strength of the farming sector in Shropshire and being on the NFU legal panel was a big part of that.

“We are delighted be named on the NFU legal panel for a third term,” he said.

“The six-month review was extremely thorough and looked at our legal services, fee structures and commitment to the NFU, alongside feedback from union members and staff, so we are very pleased to have been appointed.

“We know we are only as good as our clients say we are and it is critical to us to receive independent endorsement that we deliver what we promise.

“There’s no such thing as an all-round agricultural specialist, and our teams work in in a variety of disciplines to ensure best practice and genuinely specialist advice is given to clients from the sector.”

The firm, which has offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow and Hereford, and plans to expand its presence in Staffordshire, will take up the role for another three year period until July 2018.

Mr Evans led the review, supported by agricultural relationship manager Susan Shanahan, and said the sector was still performing well.

He added: “Agricultural is a hugely important industry in Shropshire, with 85 per cent of land dedicated to farming - that’s 861,000 acres - and by working closely with NFU members we will ensure that farmers have access to the best possible legal support to help them run successful businesses.”

Rob Newbery, regional director for NFU, said the firm offered a sound and professional service to farmer and grower members.

He said: “They have strength and depth of expertise in both farming and non-agricultural issues and it’s excellent that they are on hand to offer such a service.

“NFU members also get a serious discount if they use a panel firm.

“Any farmer or grower can pick up the phone and call their local Lanyon Bowdler office with the reassurance that their case will be in safe hands.”

The legal panel saves NFU members money on legal costs by offering a discount of 12.5 per cent on hourly rates, together with fixed fee and other costs packages for various services.

It also offers a comprehensive legal service in non-farming areas such as succession planning, diversification, tax, planning, probate, family and conveyancing.

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