Your agricultural or rural business relies on its people to succeed and although finding the right talent can take time, it can create exciting opportunities for your business. That is why it is so important to manage employment issues correctly. If an employee feels ill-treated or you miss any regulatory obligations, it can have a detrimental effect on your business, your reputation and your finances.

Our specialist agricultural employment team have extensive experience within the agricultural sector and understand the commercial realities of running a successful, profit-making rural business. By taking the time to understand your needs, our team provides sector specific legal insight to help you manage employees and make the best decisions to safeguard your business, protecting you and your future.


Natalie Ward

Partner 0117 930 9523


Perhaps you would like legal guidance when hiring your first employee, or you could be hiring seasonal workers from oversees and need supervision through immigration issues. Your business may be facing unfair dismissal or discrimination charges, or you may need employment advice through a merger or acquisition process.

When it comes to employment law, your farming business and employee objectives must come first. We always take time to learn about your business, so we can fully understand how the problem has arisen and develop a response that is right for you. Through our considered approach we will try to find a solution that delivers minimum disruption to your business and we will recommend practical strategies to help you manage your team. With our expert legal support on hand, you can concentrate on your business.

  • Advising a client in the agriculture and food sector on the closure of a business division; including advising on the restructure and redundancies in two phases: (1) closing the division, (2) restructuring central functions including relocation.
  • Advising an agricultural client on complex claims relating to a family dispute. This included employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing, claims for non-molestation injunctions (discharged with costs ordered against the other party) and associated possession proceedings.

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Business restructures and outsourcing
  • Claims and disputes
  • Diversity and discrimination
  • Employment advice for individuals
  • Immigration
  • Seasonal working

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.