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Further growth for Lodders’ Rural Sector team

Rural Sector team growth

Following sustained demand for its specialist rural sector legal advice, Lodders has made two new hires to its team of legal specialists dedicated to agricultural and countryside sector clients.

Returning to Lodders is agricultural property specialist Sarah Richardson, who rejoins the firm as a solicitor after a period in the Rural Business and Landed Estates team at Cheltenham firm Charles Russell Speechlys.

A specialist in land and rural property, land transfers, agricultural tenancies and licences, rights and covenants affecting land and commercial tenancies, Sarah is a member of the CLA and ALA.

“As I know from my previous time working for the firm, Lodders has a great reputation and a good working environment,” says Sarah, “and I am looking forward to again being involved in a variety of high-level, interesting work, as part of a firm that is focused on delivering specialist rural sector legal advice combined with exceptional client service.”

Also joining as a solicitor, Priscilla Macleod specialises in residential and commercial property law, including landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions and disposals, and property development work. She was previously at Thomas Legal, Gloucester.

The latest appointments grow Lodders’ Rural Sector team to 22 lawyers, which includes ten partners and the firm’s ‘rural ambassadors’ David Lodder and Rod Bird.

Significant growth

James Spreckley, head of the Rural Sector team, says: “Lodders really does understand the demands and dynamics of those in the rural sector, especially that uniquely long-view farming families and businesses have to take, as well as recognising the challenges they face each day.

“Twelve-months on from the launch of our rural sector focused group and we have recorded significant growth in both instructions and our dedicated team.”

Lodders has worked with farmers, landowners and rural businesses throughout its 230-year history. Through its Rural Sector team, it brings together legal experts that reflect the modern and changing legal needs of businesses, families and individuals working and living in the rural community and countryside.

James adds: “The Rural Sector team enables us to offer a full range of legal services that are focused on the needs of those in all parts of the rural economy; the demand for this type of joined up assistance has exceeded expectations. Sarah and Priscilla’s appointments add complementary skills and knowledge to the team.

“With the legal world getting ever more complicated, there is significant appetite for our client friendly legal advice from both businesses and individuals living and working in the rural community.

“Lodders’ portfolio of specialist legal services and sector teams work with every aspect of the rural community,” he adds, “such as providing advice on farm property matters including the development of land through strategic land options, and succession planning, but can also help with issues such as contentious probate and matrimonial matters.”

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