Contracts are a fundamental part of any successful farming, agriculture or rural business. Disputes about those contracts can therefore have significant and worrying implications for both your business and your livelihood. It is important that the lawyers acting for you understand farming, be it arable, livestock, dairy, poultry, renewable energy and other forms of diversification.

At Thrings, we combine in-depth agriculture knowledge (we act as panel solicitors for the National Farmers Union in more counties than any other law firm) with comprehensive litigation advice. If you have a contract dispute it is likely that we have dealt with a similar issue before.

We have in-depth agricultural industry knowledge and a track record of litigation success. 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’.

We are also the sole appointed legal advisors to the ‘Business Clinic’ in the industry leading publication ‘Farmers Weekly’.

Key Contacts

Russell Reeves

Partner 0117 930 9598

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


Because we act for both farmers and businesses supplying the agriculture industry, 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, 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. Where appropriate, we work with your insurers or look at external litigation funding and the use of insurance to assist in funding your case.

  • Defended a multi-party claim worth over £1m concerning the supply of potatoes infected with glyphosate.
  • Pursued a claim worth over £1m for a breach of contract relating to the defective installation of a milking robot.
  • Won multiple claims for breaches of AIC and GAFTA terms and conditions in relation to grain contracts.
  • Represented multiple NFU members on a claim for damages of over £100,000 arising from the supply of defective sexed bull semen. The case involved allegations of breach of contract, negligence, breach of warranty, misrepresentation and exclusion issues under the Unfair Contract Terms Act.
  • Acted for a Milk Producer in a milk arbitration dispute concerning contractual penalties worth £90,000.
  • Successful claim against a well-known agricultural machinery manufacturer on allegations of supplying tractors which were not fit for the purpose or of satisfactory quality.
  • Successful claim against an Agronomist for losses of over £100,000 arising from a breach of contract in respect of advice provided to a farming client regarding silage making.
  • Represented a poultry producer in a claim against a seed supplier for defective seed resulting in losses worth tens of thousands of pounds.
  • Resolved a claim for damages of over £100,000 in respect of the defective installation of a water bottling plant on a client’s farm.
  • 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:

  • Arable contracts
  • Competition law advice
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Contract hire and leasing agreements
  • Dairy and milk contracts
  • Distribution agreements
  • E-commerce, online terms and conditions
  • Equestrian contracts
  • Grain contracts
  • Horticulture contracts
  • Livestock contracts
  • Machinery contracts
  • Partnership agreements
  • Poultry contracts
  • Property contracts
  • Regulatory advice
  • Share farming agreements
  • Supply contracts
  • Terms and conditions
  • Veterinary contracts

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.