Law firm Thrings, which has an office in Swindon, has been recognised for its “comprehensive advice” and “consistent excellent service” to the agriculture sector with a prestigious award from the National Farmers Union (NFU).
The firm is this year’s winner of the ‘Tim Sell Excellence Award,’ which acknowledges the outstanding work of law firms in supporting the NFU and its members across the country.
The judges stated that Thrings provides “comprehensive advice for members” on a diverse range of areas from dairy insolvencies and financial agreement disputes to land-related issues, including flooding and planning. The firm’s “empathy and understanding” for the farming community was also highlighted as was the fact it is “always available, even at short notice, to assist with emergency issues.”
Amongst the firm’s work was support for a member who nearly lost their home and farming business as a result of entering into unfavourable financial agreements.
Thrings was able to intercept a repossession order resulting in a better outcome for the member, with support from the LAS.
Praise was also given to the firm’s client files for NFU members which were audited by the NFU and given the highest possible rating of “excellent”. The firm’s marketing team – which is responsible for promoting access to specialist advice from all NFU’s panel firms for new and existing NFU members – was also praised by the NFU as being “fantastic.”
This was further supported with recognition for Thrings’ “innovative and active online presence”, highlighting the focus on delivering agriculture-focused content such as webinars, articles and podcasts, as well as a willingness to share best practice work with other law firms on the NFU panel.
NFU Legal Assistance Scheme and Legal Panel manager, Regina Owusu, said, “Thrings stood out this year due to their outstanding work, commitment and engagement with the NFU’s South and East regions and our members. They consistently provide excellent professional advice to both the NFU as well as to individual members in dire straits, showing empathy and their understanding of the farming community.
“They have always had a longstanding connection with the NFU and have proven to be accessible, personable, and quick to respond to queries usually at short notice and sometimes outside office hours. Feedback from our members who have instructed Thrings has been glowing.”
Russell Reeves, Thrings’ Head of Agriculture Litigation and the firm’s lead Partner with the NFU, said, “We are delighted to see our ongoing work with the farming community being recognised and are honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Tim Sell Excellence Award.
“As a proud NFU panel member, we work hard to get to know our clients and their businesses, building lasting relationships and utilising our specialist knowledge to help them in both achieving their long-term objectives as well as overcoming their immediate concerns.”
Pictured above: Thrings being presented with the award from the NFU. (Left to right) Hannah Harrison (NFU Head of Legal), Richie Rees (Senior Associate in the Thrings Agriculture team), Duncan Sigournay (Thrings Head of Agriculture), Nick Hamer (NFU Legal Board Chair) and Regina Owusu (NFU Legal Assistance Scheme and Legal Panel manager)