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It was thinking caps on at Roythornes last Thursday when the Top 200 law firm launched its very first in-house agri-academy.
Some 35 delegates will attend a series of structured training sessions and visits aimed at further strengthening Roythornes’ position as a leader in the agriculture and estates sector.
Over a period of 24 months, the delegates will participate in a programme of lunch-time training sessions by some of Roythornes senior lawyers as well as by experts from outside. They will also have practical exercises to complete between sessions aimed at bringing out key points of law and developing practical approaches to clients’ issues.
Speaking at the launch of the agri-academy, course organiser Julie Robinson, said:
“This is all about our farmer and landowner clients. They have been at the heart of what we do for over 75 years and – with farming set to become an ever-more important part of the economic and political landscape – that is not going to change. Our agri-academy is an opportunity for lawyers of all levels and from all disciplines within the firm to stay on top of the developments in agricultural law that impact on our clients’ businesses."
The agri-academy is a big investment and Julie pulls no punches about the commitment needed. But she stresses that if the firm is to grow and prosper it is absolutely critical that knowledge is shared within the firm.
“We already have one of the largest agricultural teams in the country. Whether someone spends their time setting up marketing co-ops, advising on tax planning or drawing up the legal agreements for renewable energy projects, they need to know about agricultural law to be able to provide the very best advice. The agri-academy will help us achieve that and we’re very excited about it.”