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I joined Lodders in 1973. I am the third generation of Lodders to work in the firm. I originally joined the firm in the Henley office, and I moved to Stratford in 1990. I am now the firm’s senior partner as well as being head of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs department. I haven’t always worked in the legal sector. I had a number of different roles before joining Lodders including being a lumberjack in Canada and a farm labourer in Henley in Arden.
I specialise in advising farmers and landowners on complex succession planning, including the handing over of the estate/farming business to the next generation in the most tax effective way, advising on the property aspect of transactional work including leases (FBTs and AHAs), option agreements, promotion agreements, overage agreements as well as acting as expert in respect of contentious issues relating to agricultural land issues.
I work with mainly farms and landowners, but I also act for businesses and not for profit organisations and charities.
I am an active trustee on a number of family trusts and charities. I am chair of the firm’s charity committee and trustee of the Guild Hall Trust.
I am a member of the National Farmers Union and the Agricultural Law Association.
I have a number of different roles outside of Lodders including sitting on the Board of Director of the Country Land and Business Association having previously chaired the Business and Rural Economy and the Legal & Parliamentary committees.
I am Steward of the Manor of Henley in Arden, former Chairman of the Warwickshire branch of the Game & Wildlife Trust and I have been an Under Sheriff of Warwickshire since 2004. I was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire in 2012.
David was ranked as a Senior Statements in the 2019 Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession. David is “highly respected, highly regarded and highly liked,” and is recognised among those in the market for his experience and stature as an agricultural practitioner.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
Resolving difficult situations, acquiring new work and new clients.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
La joie de vie and feeding the numerous horses and dogs at the farm
Any interesting personal achievements?
In 2012 I cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End and raised £10,000 for Mencap and the Heart of England Community Foundation.
I actively farm a 150 acre farm as well as running my own farming business. My wife Kirstie runs a livery yard which consists of hunter/race horses and polocross ponies. Every year we hold polocross tournaments at the farm which is attended by approximately 250 players over a 2-day weekend.