We have been a practising agricultural law firm at the heart of the South West farming community for over 200 years. We have a long-established relationship with farmers, landowners and landed estates having acted as the chosen agricultural law firm for many generations of local farming families.
Our heritage gives us deep insight into the often complex issues that concern farmers and landowners. As many members of our legal team live locally, we have a shared interest in helping the agricultural and rural community thrive in Devon and Somerset.
We tailor our legal advice to the pressures of farming life and ensure minimal distraction from the day-to-day working of your farm. Our team of Agricultural and Rural Affairs solicitors give advice that is practical, realistic and appropriate.
To our farming clients we offer the following services:
We play an active role in rural affairs as members of the Agricultural Law Association and the Country Land and Business Association. This involvement keeps us close to the heart of rural life and gives a depth of understanding of the problems you face.
We know that rural issues are not unique to the farming community. We also advise those living in the countryside on matters resulting from the intricacies of rural life including:
To find out more about our agricultural and rural law services and the way we work, please contact us.
PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY – COVID 19
There has been a significant level of discussion on social media and other media
On 25 February 2020, NFU President Minette Batters in the opening speech to the NFU's annual conference in Birmingham, challenged...Read More
The government published the Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations (SI 2020/41) on 22 January 2020. The Regulations allow the Countryside Stewardship...Read More
On 17 January 2020, the government provided an update on its Ash Archive initiative. The initiative, which was aimed at...Read More
On 20 January 2020, the government has funded £1.2 million to village halls in England for these communities to make...Read More
Septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England should be upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.
The Environment Agency...Read More
Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations within High Risk and Edge areas...Read More
Beviss & Beckingsale are delighted to support the Shute Festival which was established in 2016 to bring inspirational speakers to this beautiful...Read More
A sheep farmer in Devon has been granted a restraining order at Poole Magistrates' Court against a woman who describes...Read More
The recent cases on Proprietary Estoppel have once again brought this unusual topic into the news. In these recent cases,...Read More
Natural England have acted to prosecute a farmer for damage to a SSSI
The farmer had created a track, undertaken significant...Read More
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published information about two Countryside Stewardship grants.
The facilitation fund grant...Read More
Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Teresa Villiers, attended Countryfile Live on...Read More
If the right of way in question is adpoted highway, then the highway authority will be responsible for its maintenance and...Read More
A huge well done to Tom Palmer from Colyford who was the winner of our competition at the recent Axe...Read More
On 19th June 2019, the government has confirmed that farmers and land managers in Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship...Read More
On 20 May 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on stopping, disposing and...Read More
On 25 April 2019, Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling 16 species of wild birds, following a...Read More
On 21 March 2019, Ofgem published Feed-in Tariffs: Essential guide to closure of the scheme. This guidance explains Ofgem's administration...Read More
Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed it remains fully focused...Read More
Government TB strategy review
The government’s 25 year bovine tuberculosis (TB) strategy, led by Sir Charles Godfray, has been published on...Read More
Poultry (including game birds): registration rules
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance for poultry including...Read More
Asian hornet: UK sightings in 2018
The government has confirmed that there have been 13 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet...Read More
Posted by Mark Ollier on October 17th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, FAMILY, MOVING HOUSE, POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.
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As a regular subscriber to Which magazine, I was immensely gratified to see the booklet enclosed which their...Read More
The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has joined with the National Farmers Union (NFU)in challenging Defra into greater proactivity to address...Read More
The government is to publish a series of notes advising people and businesses how to protect themselves from the potential...Read More
On 11 July 2018, Tomlinson's Dairies Limited was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,267.20 to the Health...Read More
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced plans for a review and potential expansion of the...Read More
The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey, of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across England and Wales, is now...Read More
The government has launched a call for evidence for a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter...Read More
The government is committed to eradicating bovine TB and sees badger culling as central to that policy, as highlighted in...Read More
Basic Payment Scheme deadline looms
The application deadline for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 is midnight on 15 May 2018....Read More
As you may be aware, Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species in the UK, which although superficially attractive, causes major...Read More
If you are considering allowing horses onto your land it is important to seek legal and tax advice. You should...Read More