Sector specialist Rory Hutchings joins HCR as Head of Agricultural Litigation

2nd May 2023

Rory Hutchings joins Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ (HCR) Agriculture and Estates team in Cardiff today as Head of Agricultural Litigation. Rory is a significant figure in the agricultural legal community, specifically for dispute resolution. The firm’s market-leading team are specialists in agriculture and rural land, and businesses across the country.

Rory’s expertise is praised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories with clients and peers commenting that “Rory Hutchings is brilliant” and he is “a perceptive and focused practitioner.”

Denise Wilkinson, Partner and Head of Agriculture and Estates, said: “Rory’s reputation across the agri sector is second-to-none – we are delighted to have him on board. Our clients will benefit from his knowledge and experience, and we are very much looking forward to working with him and enhancing our agricultural disputes offering.”

Rory said: “The breadth of knowledge across the HCR team and the way in which it supports its clients is something I’m very much looking forward to being a part of – the team’s expertise is unrivalled and I hope to add to that with my own experience.”

Rory’s specialisms include land disputes, rights of way, nuisance, common land, partnership disputes, contract disputes (in particular dairy contracts), judicial review, the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. His clients include a variety of diverse farming businesses from dairy farms to agricultural cooperatives, certification organisations, agri shows and tourist enterprises.

Rory qualified in 1994 and has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience across the agriculture legal sector. He has strong links with NFU Cymru and is a member of the Institute of Agricultural Management, a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and a member of the United Kingdom Environmental Lawyers Association and the Property Litigation Association.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 800 staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Central England, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley, providing a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients regionally and nationwide.

The firm has global reach via its network of independent law firms, LawExchange International. It also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.