Legal firm’s agriculture team are among the best in the country

A LAW firm is celebrating after its agriculture team won national recognition for its services.

Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ Agriculture and Estates department has been named as one of the best in the country by a top UK legal guide.

It is the third consecutive year that the team has been ranked in the top tier of legal firms in The Chambers UK Legal Guide.

The Agriculture and Estates team, which is led by Jonathan Carroll, provides advice and expertise to clients across Cumbria, Northumberland and nationally.

Jonathan said: “We are delighted that the team has been recognised by the Chambers UK Legal Guide for the quality of its work.

“It reflects our commitment to ensuring our clients get the best possible legal advice in all matters of agricultural law.”

The Chambers UK Legal Guide ranks lawyers and law firms throughout the UK, with its 2023 edition published on Thursday (October 20). Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of independent legal market intelligence for over 30 years, with more than 70 researchers ranking the best law firms and solicitors working in the UK legal market.

The guide highlighted three members of Cartmell Shepherd’s agricultural team for individual recognition, with Mark Jackson, Katherine Pretswell-Walker and Jonathan all featuring in the rankings.

Cartmell Shepherd’s Agriculture and Estates team, which also includes associate solicitor Bethan Griffiths, and solicitors Holly Berwick and Emma Blamire, advises on all aspects of agricultural law including farm sales and purchases, succession planning, agricultural tenancies, development and option agreements, and compulsory purchases.

The department’s success follows its inclusion last month in The Legal 500, a UK professional law ranking which analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world.

The latest edition of the guide praised the team’s specialist, in-depth knowledge and experience, naming Jonathan and Mark as ‘leading individuals’, and Katherine as a ‘rising star’. The department also retained its Tier 1 rating in The Legal 500 rankings.

Cartmell Shepherd has six offices at Rosehill Carlisle, Carlisle city centre, Brampton, Penrith, Cockermouth and Haltwhistle, with the firm’s full range of legal services available from all of its offices, delivered by a team of more than 40 solicitors.

The legal firm recently launched a new training programme offering law graduates a more flexible route to qualifying as a solicitor.

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