Regulatory Matters

We don’t just keep up with agricultural regulation. We make it our mission to stay one step ahead, ensuring we’re well informed and always looking to the next big change or development. That means we can understand and prepare for regulatory change before it affects the industry and – crucially – our clients, who operate within the most heavily regulated sectors of farming, food, environment and waste.

We speak your language

It’s not just PR spin – we really know farming. Our solicitors understand the pressures, terminology and demands on the agricultural community and have a detailed knowledge of the technical issues in this field. Many of the team are from a farming or production background, and we always visit the farms we work with, getting to know the business and speaking with farmers on their terms.

This grass-roots affinity with the industry, coupled with our unrivalled legal expertise, means we’re suited to solve a number of problems relating to agricultural regulation:

  • Pollution of watercourses
  • Definition of waste
  • Movement and registration of livestock
  • TB regulations
  • Animal welfare
  • Fraud
  • General criminal and motoring offences
  • Tribunals

Mary Wathen, Partner, Head of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Team

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Direct Dial: 01989 561 421
Mobile: 07759 444 199

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High-profile experience

We have a wealth of experience of dealing with high-profile cases, in which fast thinking and technical knowledge are critical to balance the legal issues with the client’s best interests and the battle for public opinion.

Acting for one client in relation to the horsemeat scandal, we rallied to be on-site in Mid Wales within hours to deal with both the regulator and the media. Similarly, we’ve handled major pollution incidents, calling in expert contacts from related fields such as hydrology and engineering to work with us on a focused outcome of damage limitation and minimised impact upon our client.

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