We have in-depth agricultural industry knowledge and a track record of litigation success. Claims against professionals can be sensitive and can have considerable impact on your business, or if you are a rural professional, your reputation.

We have successfully brought many claims against agricultural professionals and also defended many claims on their behalf. Our specialist Agriculture Litigation Team is independently recognised to provide a ‘Top Tier’ level of service and is ranked in ‘Band 1’ by the leading legal directories, ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers Guide’.

Key Contacts

Russell Reeves

Partner 0117 930 9598

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


Many law firms act for insurers and only represent professionals but because we act for both farmers and professionals, we are in a unique position to advise you on both sides of the argument and develop a strategy around that.

Fully immersed in the industry and panel solicitors for the National Farmers Union in more counties than any other law firm, we have extensive sector knowledge and can advise you on a wide array of professional negligence issues and claims.

We have an excellent track record in successfully representing clients in the highest Courts in the country and in Europe. This means we can confidently guide you through every stage of any proceedings. We also have vast experience in alternative dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

Offering down-to-earth advice, regular communication and a transparent fee structure, you are assured of consistent support and clarity throughout your case.

Whatever the direction of your dispute, we draw on expertise from across our firm and external network of counsel and expert specialists to provide you with comprehensive support. Where appropriate, we work with your insurers or look at external litigation funding and the use of insurance to assist in funding your case.

  • Multi-million-pound claim for a farming company against a Top 20 law firm and Queens Counsel for their negligent legal advice in making an unnecessary concession during the course of previous High Court litigation.
  • Successful claim against a farming client’s former solicitors for negligent tax advice concerning the restructuring of a farming enterprise.
  • Acting against a rural surveyor for negligent valuation of a client’s farm for the purposes of an option agreement.
  • Successful claim on behalf of an arable farming company based in Oxfordshire against a crop spraying business for damages to crops worth around £200,000 caused by spray drift. Settled at mediation.
  • Successful claim against an agronomist for losses of over £100,000 arising from negligent professional advice.
  • Defended a claim against a rural surveyor who was alleged to have been negligent in the way he completed grant funding applications in respect of agricultural development leading to a failure to obtain grant funding.
  • Claim against a vet for negligence advice in treating a horse for colic resulting in the horse’s death and a consequential successful claim for damages.
  • Defended a well-known racing stable against a claim for negligence in allowing a horse to escape onto a road.
  • Successful claim against Network Rail for failing to properly fence the railway, allowing a herd of cattle to escape onto the track.
  • Successful claim against a Top 50 law firm for failing to advise about a private right of way running across our client’s land when they acted on a large farm purchase.
    - Acted for a Buckinghamshire dairy farmer in a claim against a well-known national Milk Producer relating to the negligent sampling and collection of milk which gave rise to false bactoscan readings and a lower milk price for our farming client. Achieved a settlement of around £20,000.

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Breach of duty claims
  • Claims against accountants
  • Claims against agronomists
  • Claims against banks
  • Claims against agri-manufacturers
  • Claims against solicitors
  • Claims against surveyors
  • Claims against vets
  • Milking robot claims
  • Professional negligence
  • Regulatory law claims
  • Vicarious liability

Industry Accreditations

We have strong ties to the following:


Acting as National Farmers Union panel solicitors for more counties than any other law firm in the country, we have strong ties to the following:

  • Agricultural Law Association 
  • British Institute of Agricultural Consultants
  • Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Tenant Farmers Association

We are also proud to be the sole designated legal contributor to the Farmers Weekly Business Clinic.

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NFU Members

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As an NFU Panel Firm we offer NFU Members a 12.5% discount on our fees for qualifying cases and if you subscribe to the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme further funding from the NFU may be available.