As a supplier or user of workers within agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering, and associated processing and packaging activities, compliance with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority’s (GLAA) licensing regulations is compulsory.

This is a specialised area of the law. Our Agricultural Litigation Team have acted for farmers and the suppliers of farm labour, in some of the largest and highest profile Gangmasters cases in the country and are therefore well placed to advise you on Gangmasters law.

We are panel solicitors for the National Farmers Union in more counties than any other form of solicitors in the UK and we have a record of success in Gangmasters cases, which very few law firms in the country can offer.

You can be confident being represented by our Agriculture Litigation team, ranked in ‘Band 1’ and the ‘Top Tier’ by the leading legal directories.

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


Russell Reeves

Partner 0117 930 9598

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


We understand how important your GLAA licence is to your business. Whether you are applying for your first GLAA licence and need advice on compliance, you need to appeal a licensing decision or are subject to an investigation by the GLAA, our team will support you from beginning to end.

From attending dawn raids to supervising interviews under caution and defending GLAA prosecutions, our agricultural litigation expertise and experience working on high-profile cases will ensure you receive the best legal support.

We also advise on civil claims brought by workers, drawing on alternative dispute resolution measures to achieve the right outcome. Taking time to understand your case, our robust team will provide you with comprehensive support to meet your needs, whatever the circumstances.

Our Agriculture Team has been involved in a number of high-profile matters. Highlights include:

  • Representing a defendant company and its managing director at multiple Police interviews and then defending one of the country’s largest ever Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority investigations concerning 40 dairy farmers across 16 counties in England and Wales, with many cases involving foreign workers, the UK Border Agency and Proceeds of Crime Act.
  • Representing a company and its directors on an investigation by the then Gangmasters Licensing Authority, which received significant attention in the national press including the Times, Guardian and Daily Mail. The case involved criminal proceedings, civil proceedings, allegations of exploitation of workers, the Human Rights Act and international law.
  • Advising a Scottish based company on allegations that it had supplied unlicensed labour to the UK agriculture industry, resulting in no further action being taken against our client company.
  • Appealing the GLAA licensing decision for a specialist agricultural recruitment company in the employment tribunal.

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Advising on civil claims brought by workers
  • Advising on obtaining and retaining a GLAA licence
  • Appealing against licensing revocations
  • Attending dawn raids
  • Defending GLAA prosecutions and investigations
  • Interviews under caution

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.