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HCR Law Events

5 August 2021

HCR Hewitsons merger builds on success of agriculture team

Agricultural legal specialists on both sides of the firm’s recent merger are delighted that each other’s complementary strengths will result in wider, stronger, and deeper levels of legal expertise being available for their clients and the sector as a whole

Denise Wilkinson, head of the agriculture and rural affairs team, said: “Although we have more sector specialists post-merger, we share a common focus – providing tailored advice to each client, informed by a real understanding of their individual circumstances and the agricultural industry.

“I am delighted that, for former Hewitsons clients, the merger adds more depth and experience particularly in agricultural dispute resolution and advice on regulatory, health and safety and environmental matters.”

Esther Stirling, head of agricultural dispute resolution, also welcomed Hewitsons’ strong track record of supporting those involved in the rural economy

She said: “I particularly like the fact that, as a team, we can offer advice to anyone in the sector, and on everything that they might encounter day to day plus all the essential strategic planning that farmers and rural landowners require.”

Gareth Williams, head of agricultural property, said: “Our clients include everyone from farmers, landed estates and institutions, landed charities and those who own rural property for leisure or investment purposes. We can offer advice based on years of specialist knowledge relating to both the law and the rural businesses environment. As well as wrestling with the post CAP agricultural policies, hot topics for our clients include carbon capture, biodiversity net gain and renewables for landowners.”

The team is spread across all 11 of the merged firm’s offices with centres of excellence in Cambridge, Cardiff, Hereford, Northampton and the Wye Valley.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 780 staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton, 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 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.

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Denise Wilkinson, Partner, Head of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

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