Posted On / 02.11.2015

Battens in the Market to Help Farmers

Battens in the market to help farmersA Somerset and Dorset law firm has launched free farm visits and market consultations to assist the farming community.

Battens Solicitors is offering this new service to any farmers and landowners who require legal advice and business support.

Under the new initiative, specialists from Battens Agriculture Team will visit clients on their property for free initial consultations or meet them at the twice-weekly Frome Livestock Market.

Consultant and Head of Agriculture James Owen said: “With our long established links to the agricultural community, we understand how busy farmers are.

“Offering free farm visits means we can go to them to save them the time, expense and trouble of coming to town. Seeing a farmer on his property always helps us gain an insight into them and their business.

“Alternatively, we can also meet at the market if it is more convenient for a farmer.”

James, who is from a local farming family and a member of the Agricultural Law Association, added: “As a long standing supporter of the rural community, this new initiative demonstrates our commitment to continue to provide the highest quality advice for existing and prospective new clients.”

James, Consultant Solicitor John Llewelyn and Paralegal Michelle Lane launched the services at Frome Livestock Market at Standerwick.

They are able to advise on such issues as land prices, diversification, succession planning, Family Farm Partnership Agreements, tax, tenancies, sales, developments and disputes.

James was recommended in this year’s Legal 500 guide for his expertise in advising landlords and tenants in connection with agricultural tenancies.

Michelle, who is from a local farming family, is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She specialises in agricultural law, advising farmers and landowners on sales and purchases of land, leases, mortgages and easements.

Battens sponsored major countryside events this summer, including the Mid-Somerset Show, the Royal Bath and West Show, the Melplash Show at West Bay and the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show.

Frome is one of the largest cattle markets in the country with nearly 130,000 head of stock presented in 2014.

Contact the Agricultural Department on 01935 846000 for more details.