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Beckley boosts Lodders’ strong agricultural offering
Posted on 30 May 2012 in Press News
A leading agricultural lawyer has joined Lodders Solicitors in Stratford-upon-Avon as a partner.
Robin Beckley was with Cheltenham-based Rickerbys from 1984 until March last year.
His arrival bolsters the already extremely strong agricultural department headed by senior partner David Lodder.
Mr Beckley said he had made the move because he wanted to work at a firm “with a greater focus on agricultural clients”.
Mr Lodder said: “I have known Robin for many years – he is a first class lawyer, very experienced, and I am sure will prove a great asset.
“Agriculture is one of our particular strengths and Robin will add further to our reputation in the sector.”
Mr Beckley’s client base is centred on rural landowners, ranging from large landed estates to individual farmers.
He advises on land management issues including agricultural subsidies and tenancy matters. Specialities include dealing with disposals of land for development and transactions for offshore clients.
Indeed, such are his property credentials that he is regarded as a development land sale specialist.
His wider property interests have included handling site acquisitions and substantial portfolio sales for Whitbread’s estate from 1987 to 2001 and on-going sale and leasing deals for high net worth individuals.
His abilities have been recognised in the legal directories for several years, with Chambers & Partners referring to his “first rate business acumen” and how clients appreciate his “pragmatic and diligent” approach.
Aged 55, he was born in Cheltenham, attended Cheltenham Grammar School before doing a law degree at Oxford University.
He was with London law firms Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith before moving to Rickerbys.
Mr Beckley is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Outside the office he enjoys deer stalking, game and clay pigeon shooting and watching Gloucester Rugby “when he has the time”.