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Our farm – what’s the plan?

How does a family farming business deal with opportunities and challenges? That was the question posed to specialist agricultural professionals on Wednesday, 24th February.

More than 70 people, including over 50 farmers and landowners, attended the presentation, held at The George Albert Hotel in Dorchester.

Blanchards Bailey Principals, Paul Dunlop and Merlin Lewis both spoke at the event, alongside Pat Tomlinson and Sam Kirkham from Albert Goodman, Edward Dyke from Symonds and Sampson, and Jonathon Day from Agricultural Mortgage Corporation.

Paul Dunlop is a member of the Agricultural Law Association, the Country Land and Business Association and recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading individual in Agricultural Litigation.

His talk addressed key aspects of Agricultural and Business law, ranging from tenancies, landlord and tenant disputes, to inheritance act claims, trust disputes and arbitration.

Merlin Lewis, who is also recognised by the Legal 500, specialises in Tax and Estate Planning for individuals and families involved in the Agricultural sector.

His talk discussed the importance of the preparation of Wills, Trusts and other legal documents to ensure that businesses and property pass down through the generations in the most effective and tax efficient manner.

Paul Dunlop commented after his presentation: “It was a great opportunity to meet with the farming community, discuss their needs and concerns and continue to build existing relationships.

“The overall feedback was very positive and we’re already looking forward to the next event which is being held near Blandford on 28th April when we will be discussing a different case study on arable farming.”

The topics covered will include capital gains tax, borrowing money, permitted development planning rights, IHT and succession planning. The panel of specialist agricultural advisors will include Paul Dunlop.

Located in the heart of Dorset, Blanchards Bailey’s specialist solicitors have been advising the county’s farming families for over 90 years.

If you’d like to know more about the seminars we run then please contact us at: agriculture@blanchardsbailey.co.uk

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