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Fiona Phillips, Associate, Agriculture and Estates

Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Direct Dial: 01432 361 040
Mobile: 07715 060 366

A bit about me

One of the reasons that I enjoy working with farmers to advise on their land and property needs is because it goes right back to my roots – I grew up on a farm and really want to see people succeed in rural businesses. I’m part of the rural community myself and I want to see it flourish – I love being able to give the legal support it needs to an industry of which I’m already part.

Working with farming businesses brings endless variety – from multi-generational family farms to limited companies, sole traders or estates running multiple operations, clients’ needs are paramount, and I like working as part of a team to ensure that every angle of an issue is covered.

Most of the cases I take on for my clients are non-contentious transactions of a farming or rural nature. This means that there can often be complications in the conveyancing process which is not always straightforward in a more rural setting or when dealing with very large areas of land especially where lending has to be arranged at the same time.

I aim to assist my clients as efficiently as possible with any difficulties we encounter along the way. It is enormously rewarding to take clients through that process successfully, whether buying, selling or refinancing land and rural properties.

Want to know more?

Involve your lawyer from the start and see them as part of your team of advisers. This will reduce delays and ensure that you have the whole picture.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it will open up a dialogue so that we can all understand clearly where more help is needed.

Be honest about your objectives and your final goal – it will help us to help you more, and save time and money as well.

What would you do?

A lawyer’s role is to provide options for consideration rather than concrete answers to problems. I will always make sure clients receive honest and informed opinions but they should ultimately use that advice to decide their next step.

How much will this cost me?

Costs are difficult to estimate, but I will always do my best to provide an approximate figure as a guide, which can be discussed as the matter progresses.

What’s the best way to communicate with you?

I’m happy with whatever method you choose – face-to-face meetings, phone or email; it’s up to each client.

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