Law firm strengthens team with new hires

Lodders’ Agricultural and Landed Estates team: John Fisher, Nicola Beach, James Spreckley, Kimberley Brookes, James Anderson, and Katie Davies

Law firm Lodders has strengthened its agricultural and land estates team with three key appointments at its Cheltenham office.

Senior solicitor James Anderson, with 17 years of experience specialising in rural and agricultural matters, joins from a private legal practice in Wales.

His expertise spans various aspects of rural legal work, including renewables and common land, with a particular focus on partnership matters.

Kimberley Brookes joins Lodders’ Agricultural and Landed Estates team.

Brookes specialises in transactional agricultural property matters. Her expertise includes handling land sales and purchases, preparing farm business tenancies, and managing first registration and adverse possession applications.

Katie Davies has also joined the team as a trainee solicitor after finishing her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP University, following her law studies at the University of Warwick.

Partner James Spreckley said: “The new appointments to the team reflect the sustained increase in demand we are seeing for support from those in the rural sector – be that with transactional matters or diversification or succession planning. Recently, we have also noted a
marked uptake in clients looking to get involved with strategic development and renewables schemes and considering biodiversity net gain projects.

“The three new team members bring some great additional strengths in terms of legal skill but also relationships within the rural network. They will all be a real asset to both Lodders and to our clients, as we continue to support the rural sector through what is a significant period of change.”

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