Changes to the laws on Agricultural Holdings

May 27th 2021

Changes to the laws on Agricultural Holdings come into force on 21 June 2021, allowing tenants to demand changes to their tenancy or consent from their landlord, where the landlord will not agree. Jonathan Carroll Director and Head of Agriculture provides an update. The snappily titled “Agricultural Holdings (Requests for Landlord’s Consent or Variation of Terms and the Suitability Test) (England) Regulations 2021” allow a tenant of an agricultural holding governed…

New recruits join legal firm

March 23rd 2021

A LEADING legal firm has recruited two new staff members to its growing team. Holly Berwick and Sarah Heal have joined Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors as part of its continued expansion. Holly is a solicitor with the Agriculture team, based at the firm’s office in Cockermouth. Sarah is a private client executive with its Wills, Probate and Inheritance team based at the Rosehill office in Carlisle. Holly Berwick, has returned to…

The third edition of our Agricultural Newsletter is now live

November 16th 2020

“Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. It’s been an odd year! Despite it all, our property and agricultural teams are busier than ever and we welcome our newly-qualified Emma Blamire to the team of solicitors. Tim Cartmell gave me some advice at that stage of my career – “keep learning until you die,” which was both characteristic and spot on. The icing to the cake is that both…

Emma joins the farming team

November 9th 2020

For newly qualified solicitor Emma Blamire, living and working in Cumbria is the best of all worlds. Having grown up on a farm just outside Carlisle, she loves the outdoor life and is now combining that with her chosen career in law. Emma, 24, qualified as a solicitor in September and is now part of Cartmell Shepherd’s Agriculture and Estates team, one of the leading agricultural law departments in the…

Firm’s commitment to agricultural sector rewarded with highest accolade

October 28th 2020

A LEADING legal firm has been recognised for its commitment to the local farming community. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland, has been ranked among the best in the country for its expertise and knowledge of the agricultural sector. Its Agriculture and Estates department was placed in the top tier of legal firms nationally for the first time by the Chambers UK Guide, which ranks lawyers and…

Leading legal firm trio receive prestigious accolade

October 2nd 2020

A TRIO of expert lawyers from a leading law firm which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland have been highlighted for praise in UK professional rankings. Three members of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ Agriculture and Estates team have received the accolade from the Legal 500 which analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world. Cartmell Shepherd’s director and head of agriculture Jonathan Carroll and director Mark Jackson have both been highlighted…

Farmers can’t afford to bury their heads in the sand over making a Will

August 6th 2020

FARMERS have so much to deal with that tackling paperwork is never likely to be top of their agenda. But the coronavirus outbreak has been a wake-up call that there’s some tasks they simply can’t afford to bury at the bottom of their “to do” pile. Many farmers have been prompted to take action and ask for expert legal advice to ensure they are protecting their interests and their families.…

“Here I come, ready or not” – tenant loses fight to block landlord’s access for surveys

July 13th 2020

Farm landlords seeking planning permission for development will be raising a small glass to the Court of Appeal after the decision in Rees v Windsor-Clive, Earl of Plymouth according to Jonathan Carroll Head of Agriculture and Property. Agricultural Holdings Act tenants have frequently tried to block landlords from getting planning permission or from being able to implement any they obtain.  Case B of Schedule 3 to the 1986 Act allows…

Partnership Agreements – why bother?

May 22nd 2020

Jonathan Carroll Director & Head of Property talks about the importance of Partnership Agreements. So your accountant and your bank keep telling you that you ought to get a written partnership agreement.  Just money for lawyers, right?  Well, some, but the potential costs to you are huge if you don’t.  The law governing unwritten partnerships is from 1890, and pretty harsh: Any partner can terminate the business, practically overnight, and…

The Impact of COVID19 on Property Transactions

April 15th 2020

Jonathan Carroll, Director and Head of Property & Agriculture helpfully explains the potential effects of #COVID19 on property transactions. For those buying or selling property, or who are already committed to a move, the COVID19 pandemic has brought some challenges.  Fortunately, with good legal advice and a bit of common sense from the parties most of those challenges can be managed. “It’s important to stress that you need to follow…

Jonathan Carroll, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors
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