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Coping during the Coronavirus aftermath - key points for farm businesses

Julie Robinson
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Julie Robinson, Head of Agriculture flags up some of the legal issues that are likely to matter as we live through the coronavirus aftermath.   The coronavirus pandemic has impacted on almost every area of our lives. The legal frameworks within which...

Coronavirus and your seasonal workers - new self-isolation rules

Phil Cookson
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In this Q&A (published 05 June 2020) we look at the new self-isolation rules for seasonal workers travelling to farms in England. For farms with seasonal workers due to arrive from abroad on or after 8 June 2020, there is an extremely useful...

Coronavirus and agri-supply contracts - guidance for farmers and growers

Julie Robinson
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In this article we give some pointers to producers whose scheduled deliveries have been cancelled or curtailed by their customers due to the coronavirus crisis. For the most part, producers’ relationships with their suppliers and customers are long...

Post-Brexit farm support: can the start of the agricultural transition period be postponed?

Julie Robinson
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Ultimately any decision to delay the introduction of the post-Brexit agricultural transition period is a political one. In this blog we explore the legislative processes – what would need to happen before the start date of the new regime can be...

Coronavirus and your commercial tenants- guidance for farmers

Julie Robinson
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In this article we consider some of the options for farmers with small-scale commercial tenants whose businesses are affected by the developing coronavirus crisis. Many farmers have diversified into small-scale commercial lettings on their farms. In some...

Coronavirus and your workers - guidance for farm businesses

Julie Robinson
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In this article we consider some of the issues facing farmers and grower employers in the light of the developing coronavirus crisis. Farms are not professional services firms where remote working may be an alternative to being physically present on site....

Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme - legal considerations for farmers

Julie Robinson
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This blog highlights some legal considerations for landowners and tenant farmers to bear in mind when applying to the Government’s new Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme (WCaG), supported by an associated woodland creation project. The long-term...

Supreme Court judgment: what now for the Agriculture Bill?

Julie Robinson
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The constitutional ramifications of today’s Supreme Court judgment will be debated and commented on for years to come. Of immediate interest to farmers and everyone involved in agricultural policy-making is what the Court’s judgment means for...

Top tips for obtaining planning permission for farm-based developments

Charlotte Lockwood
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Charlotte Lockwood, Associate in the Planning team at Roythornes solicitors, takes a realistic look at what farmers can do to stand the best chance of obtaining planning permission for farm-based developments, particularly those in sensitive areas such as...

UPDATE: Wild birds and licences

Julie Robinson
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This article focuses on action you need to take to stay within the law if you are controlling wild birds to prevent serious damage to livestock, feedstuffs, crops, fruit etc., previously covered by General Licence 04. The legal position The basic...

Do farmers still do joint ventures?

Julie Robinson
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Julie Robinson, head of our agriculture team, answers a question from a client. The short answer to our client’s question is yes. Farm businesses are engaging in a whole raft of collaborative ventures as they focus on increasing their...

Revocation of General Licences to kill wild birds : implications for shooting agreements

Julie Robinson
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Julie Robinson, head of Roythornes Agriculture team, considers the implications for landowners and shooting syndicates of Natural England’s revocation of general licences 04/05/06. As of 25 April 2019 anyone shooting the species of wild birds...

Leaving the EU with no deal - will I still get my 2019 BPS payment?

Julie Robinson
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In this short article, our Head of Agriculture , Julie Robinson, takes a look at what happens to UK farmers’ right to direct payments under the CAP if we leave the EU without a deal on 12 April. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 12...

What happens to the Agriculture Bill if there is no Brexit?

Julie Robinson
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Following the decisive defeat of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal in parliament this week, Julie Robinson considers the implications for the Agriculture Bill if the UK does not leave the EU. The whole rationale behind the Agriculture Bill was to...

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams and Waistell Japanese knotweed - who is liable and for how much?

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The Court of Appeal has recently handed down a decision regarding the encroachment of Japanese knotweed onto Mr Williams’ and Mr Waistell’s bungalows from a Network Rail track.  Japanese knotweed costs the UK annually between £160m...

De-linked payments, the agricultural transition and planning for uncertainty

Julie Robinson
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In the absence of further clarity from Defra, land purchases and other transactions involving the restructuring of farm businesses will inevitably be dogged by uncertainty about the basis for de-linked payments. Our Head of Agriculture, Julie Robinson,...

Promises, promises...and the family farm

Julie Robinson
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Promising your farm to one of your children is fine as long as you find a way to deliver. In this blog, we take a look at some recent “proprietary estoppel” cases where the courts have upheld claims to the family farm. There are few areas of...

Grain contracts and force majeure

Julie Robinson
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In difficult years we are asked about the options available to farmers who cannot fulfil the deliveries they have agreed in forward grain contracts. Below we take a look at the provisions of the Agricultural Industries Confederation Ltd (AIC) 1/16 home grown...

Potato supply contracts, drought and force majeure

Julie Robinson
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The prolonged period of exceptionally hot, dry weather following a wet spring means that some potato growers will struggle to fulfil forward supply contracts. Force majeure clauses may offer some relief but will need to be checked carefully and...

Walk this way - a landowner's guide

Sarah Whitehurst
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Although you might consider walkers being allowed to cross your land to be a minor irritation, visitors to your area are a source of income and are not to be sniffed at.  Generally, the type of person who walks for enjoyment is also the type who would...

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