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Please find below the latest blog posts for our Rural Practice team.

It's Showtime For Agriculture and Rural Life Experts

Rory Hutchings
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For those of us with a special interest in rural matters the summer months aren’t about jetting off to foreign climes, they are about agricultural shows. Members of our Rural Practice Team will be on hand at the Royal Welsh Show this month, and at many...

Ask The Legal Expert: Public Rights of Way and Cattle

Ian Rees
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Ian Rees, an Associate Solicitor with JCP’s Personal Injury team, talks about the importance, for farmers, of making sure they minimise risk to members of the public who may enter their land. I keep my dairy cattle between fields edged by a well-used...

Want a Successful Succession? Plan Ahead

Alice Dearden Cobbett
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Many farms are run by several generations of one family and by several members of the family, so it is important to be aware of the complexities around succession, when someone retires or passes away. Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancies are common...

Equine Enthusiast Brings Her Legal Expertise to JCP's Rural Practice

Alice Dearden Cobbett
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South and West Wales law firm, JCP Solicitors, has boosted its expertise further with a new Solicitor appointment in its Rural Practice team. Alice Dearden Cobbett, a fluent Welsh speaker from Llandysul, brings with her sound legal training, alongside...

Ask The Legal Expert: Buying A Farm At Auction

Myria Griffiths
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This month Associate Solicitor Myria Griffiths advises a farmer who is keen to buy a property at auction. I have spotted a farm coming up for auction and I am keen to bid for it.  I have never bought property in this way before. What do I need to...

Ask The Legal Expert: Pre Nups and the Farm Business.

Matthew Wells
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This month Matthew Wells, an Associate Solicitor who specialises in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements, tackles the issue of Pre Nups and the Farm Business. My parents and I are in a farming partnership and I’m planning to get...

Ask The Legal Expert- Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.

Myria Griffiths
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My farm is sited in an area likely to be newly designated by the Welsh Government as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. If this goes ahead, what will it mean for me? This is, understandably, an issue that is causing a lot of concern among farmers in South and...

Ask The Legal Expert: Preventing Inheritance Claims

Richard Howells
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JCP Director and Head of Lifetime Planning Disputes, Richard Howells, shares advice on preventing inheritance claims after death. “My son has worked with me on the family farm for 20 years and I have told him in the past that he would inherit the...

Farming Employers Duties to Staff in a Fluctuating Market

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Employers’ circumstances change and, by its nature, farming work is subject to all kinds of fluctuations that farm owners need to accommodate. So it is common that farming employers need to alter their employees’ terms and hours from time to...

Ask The Legal Expert - Altering Employees Hours in a Farm Business

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I run a small farm and I need to alter some of my employees’ hours. Am I on a shaky legal footing if there is no provision in their individual contracts for me to do so? Employers’ circumstances change and, by its nature, farming work is...

Royal Welsh Show Week & Brexit.

Malcolm Thomas MBE A.R.Ag.S.
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It is the beginning of another Royal Welsh Show week where the very best of Welsh agriculture will be on display for the world to appreciate . However behind the scenes the industry is facing many questions following the Brexit vote, and we all know...

Ask The Legal Expert: Telling The Land Registry

Myria Griffiths
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This month JCP Associate Solicitor Myria Griffiths advises an owner on the importance of lodging details of their farm with the Land Registry. "I have owned my farm for many years. Do I need to tell the Land Registry?" It is advisable to...

Ask The Legal Expert: DIY Livery and IHT Relief

Beverley Bowen
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This month JCP Associate Solicitor, Beverley Bowen, advises a reader with a DIY Livery business about Business Property Relief. "I have recently set up a DIY livery business. Will my estate be entitled to any inheritance tax reliefs?" ...

The EU Referendum and the Rural Sector

Beverley Bowen
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On 23rd June Britain will go to the Polls again – this time to vote on whether or not the UK should remain as members of the European Union (EU).  Current polls are predicting that the vote will be a close one; however the importance of the...

A New Boost to JCP Solicitors Rural Expertise

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Legal experts JCP Solicitors have announced another boost to their expertise, with one of their Associate Solicitors becoming a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA). The South and West Wales firm already specialises in rural legal affairs, with...

Ask The Legal Expert: Safeguarding Agricultural Land

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In this month’s Ask The Legal Expert column we get the latest specialist advice from our Carmarthen based Rural Practice team. This month specialist Solicitor in rural affairs, Ffion Lloyd, advises a farming family on the value of written tenancy...

Ask the legal expert: Farming Partnerships & Pre-Nups

Matthew Wells
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This month Matthew Wells, an Associate Solicitor who specialises in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements tackles the issue of pre-nups and the farming business.  My parents and I are in a farming partnership and I’m planning...

Ask The Legal Expert: LPAs and the Farm Business.

Beverley Bowen
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Associate Solicitor Beverly Bowen talks about a very common legal issue– the importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney when running a farming business. I am a farmer in partnership with my parents – an arrangement which has suited us all...

JCP Chosen By NFU Cymru for 10th Year

Rory Hutchings
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The Rural Practice team at JCP Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been re-appointed as the NFU Cymru legal panel firm for South Wales – a position they will hold until 2018. The announcement comes after a rigorous six-month review...

Come Visit Us At Next Weeks Pembrokeshire County Show 2015

Ian Fudge
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Pembrokeshire County Show starts next Tuesday, and follows on Wednesday and Thursday 18 – 20 August.  As this year’s President of the Show I offer a warm welcome to all visitors. There is so much to see and do and something of interest to...

NFU Cymru Confirms Reappointment of its Legal Panel Firms

JCP Solicitors
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NFU Cymru has confirmed the reappointment of its legal panel firms after an intensive six-month review that considered legal services, fee structures and commitment to the organisation and its members, alongside feedback from members and NFU Cymru staff. ...

JCP Stalwart Recognised for Services to Welsh Agriculture

Malcolm Thomas MBE A.R.Ag.S.
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A life-long champion of farming and agriculture in Wales, who works for JCP Solicitors, has been recognised by the Royal Agricultural Societies. Malcolm Thomas MBE, from Llangynog, Carmarthen, has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies...

Visit Us At The Royal Welsh Show

JCP Solicitors
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From Monday 20 July to Thursday 24 July you can find members of our Rural Practice team at the Royal Welsh Show. If you are heading down to the show, come to our stand, located by the main ring, opposite the NFU building; it has got some very bold JCP...

Farmer And TV Presenter Welcomed At Carmarthen Gathering

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Farmer and television presenter Adam Henson demonstrated how farmers need to be as comfortable with a business plan as they are with a baler when he was welcomed as guest of honour at a recent gathering at University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) in...

Ask The Legal Expert - How Do I Divide My Farm Up Fairly?

Beverley Bowen
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In this week’s Ask The Legal Expert blog, we get the latest specialist advice from our Rural Practice Team. Associate Solicitor Beverley Bowen, based in our Carmarthen office, addresses a very common legal question asked by our farming clients: My...

JCP Solicitors Rural Practice Team Move To Carmarthen

JCP Solicitors
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Leading Welsh law firm JCP Solicitors has relocated its specialist Rural Practice team under one roof in Carmarthen, as its practice continues to grow. The team, has come together in a dedicated office at The Old Vicarage on Picton Terrace in Carmarthen,...

Ask The Legal Expert- Inheritance And The Family Farm

Richard Howells
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Our Ask The Legal Expert blog gets the latest specialist advice from the specialist Rural Practice team at JCP Solicitors. This month, Partner Richard Howells talks about a very common legal issue– inheritance disputes arising over family farms. ...

It's Winter Fair Time Again...

Malcolm Thomas MBE A.R.Ag.S.
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Volatile and fluctuating market prices, supermarket price pressure, inclement weather, and continuing talk about future CAP support - it must be Royal Welsh Winter Fair time again! The industry has a new Minister and Rebecca Evans has really thrown herself...

Come And Visit Us At The Royal Welsh Show 2014

Rory Hutchings
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We are once again proud to be sponsors of the Royal Welsh show. We are also delighted to have a new stand at the Show for 2014. If you are attending the Show please pop in and visit us for a cold drink or a cup of tea. We can be found opposite the NFU...

The Importance Of Legal Advice During Probate

Beverley Bowen
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The administration of an estate must be carried out correctly; otherwise the personal representatives are open to attack by disgruntled beneficiaries as well as HMRC.  The administration process will start for most farming clients by submitting a...

Rearing Your Meat At Home

JCP Solicitors
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In times gone by the killing of the farmers own stock for his family was one of the great things of living directly off the land. The memories of a farmer drinking his own herds milk or killing an animal in an outhouse for his family is something which may...

The Farmhouse- Will It Qualify For Agricultural Property Relief?

Beverley Bowen
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In order to claim the relief it is important that the farmer lives in the farmhouse.  More importantly the farmer must run/manage the farm from the farmhouse.  It is possible therefore that if the farmer has retired and the land is let on grazing...

Farmland & Planning For The Future

Beverley Bowen
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Mum, Dad and son are all partners in a farm where the farmland is owned 50% by Mum and 50% by Dad.  Mum and Dad make Wills under which they pass their respective partnership shares to their son on first death but the remainder of the estate is to pass...

Aberystwyth A Changing Coastline?

JCP Solicitors
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We are all familiar with Aberystwyth's historic Victorian sea front and were shocked to see the devastation visited upon it by the storms last week. Whilst the effect upon the town has been immediate what has been forgotten is the effect upon the...

Thank A Farmer This Christmas

Malcolm Thomas MBE A.R.Ag.S.
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As we approach Christmas, it is a good time to reflect on the role that farming plays in the festive season. I am sure that we are all looking forward to the turkey, potatoes, parsnips, peas, carrots and all the trimmings. But think on all of these products...

Tachographs And Trailers In Your Agricultural Business

Ian Fudge
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If you tow trailers as part of your business then you may be breaking the law unless your vehicle has a fitted tachograph in use and you obey the driver’s hours regulations.   Due to changes in legislation “goods vehicles” were...

Transporting Your Horse - When Might You Need An Operators' Licence?

Ian Fudge
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It would be clear I would hope to anyone who transports horses commercially as part of their business, that an operators’ licence would be required and the vehicle would come within the tachograph regulations.   As always there are grey areas...

Transporting Of Horses - Do You Need Seatbelts In The Living Of A Horsebox?

Ian Fudge
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From the 18th September 2006 regulations came into force decreeing that children under 4ft 5ins (135 centimetres) must use correct child restraint at all times in cars and goods vehicles.  A child restraint is a baby seat/child seat booster cushion...

Fly Grazing Of Horses And Ponies

Ian Fudge
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Fly grazing is the term that has been adopted to describe actions by irresponsible owners who allow animals to graze on land where they do not have the consent of the landowner. Reasons for the increase in the scale of the problem over recent years are...

Can The Green Deal Help You?

Emma Gilroy
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The Green Deal is a Government initiative aiming to reduce energy consumption by encouraging property owners to install energy saving measures. It will relate, in the main, to older properties. The Green Deal can apply to both residential and commercial...