Negligence and nuisance claims can be sensitive and can have considerable impact upon your business, and reputation. It is important that the lawyers acting for you understand farming, be it arable, livestock, dairy, poultry, renewable energy or other forms of diversification.

At Thrings, we combine in-depth agriculture knowledge with comprehensive litigation advice. We are panel solicitors for the National Farmers Union in more counties than any other law firm. Therefore if you are pursuing or defending a negligence issue in the agriculture sector then it is likely that we have dealt with a similar case before.

Our specialist Agriculture Litigation Team is independently ranked in the ‘Top Tier’ and in ‘Band 1’ 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


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.

  • Winning a multi-million-pound claim for a farming company against a Top 20 law firm and Queens Counsel for negligent legal advice provided by them 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 an alleged failure to obtain grant funding.
  • Claim against a vet for negligent advice in treating a horse for colic resulting in the horse’s death and a consequential successful claim for damages.
  • Defended a well-known 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 Top 50 law firm for failing to advise about a private right of way as part of 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.
  • Representing farmers nationwide in the large-scale and well-publicised High Court litigation arising from the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2007. This resulted in a high court claim against the Institute for Animal Health, Merial International Limited and The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for allegedly negligently releasing the Foot and Mouth Disease virus from a laboratory in Pirbright, Surrey.

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Agronomist advice
  • Contributory negligenceu
  • Driving negligence causing damages
  • Escape of substances onto neighbouring land
  • Flooding
  • Foot and Mouth and other infectious diseases
  • Machinery
  • Negligent financial advice
  • Negligent services
  • Professional negligence
  • Tree root and branch nuisance
  • Veterinary negligence
  • 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.