Thrings reappointed to NFU Legal Panel

By Anita Jaynes on July 14, 2015

Leading commercial law firm Thrings has been reappointed to the National Farmers Union (NFU) Legal Panel for seven counties in south east England.

The Drakes Meadow-based firm will continue on the panel for a further three years, providing specialist legal advice to NFU members in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Firms on the panel offer NFU members legal services in many farming and non-farming areas, including succession planning, diversification, tax, planning, probate, family and conveyancing. Members are also eligible to receive discounted fees in certain circumstances and other costs packages.

Thrings – which has the largest specialist agricultural team of any law firm in the UK – has been a member of the NFU Legal Panel since the panel’s inception in 2008.

The reappointment follows an intensive six-month review in which the NFU considered legal services, fee structures and commitment to the organisation and its members, along with feedback from NFU members and staff.

Peter Cusick, Head of Agriculture at Thrings, said: “Thrings is very pleased to have been reappointed to the NFU Legal Panel. The firm has a long association with the NFU and our team of agriculture specialists is looking forward to continuing to provide the highest level of client care and quality of advice to NFU members, while building on the excellent relationship we have with the NFU at all levels, during the next three years.”

William White, NFU South East Regional Director, said: “We are delighted that Thrings has been reappointed and will remain on the NFU Legal Panel for the south east for the next three years. Our farmer and grower members will be able to call on the firm’s outstanding expertise in agricultural law and its excellent value provided from the 12.5% discount which is exclusive to NFU members.

“Thrings has been retained for both its strength and depth in agricultural and horticultural matters, together with other non-agricultural related specialist areas that affect our members. We look forward to working closely with the firm in the future.”

Christopher Cooper, NFU South East representative on the Legal Board, added: “The NFU’s Legal Panel Service continues to remain an important part of the overall NFU legal services offered to its members. Each firm is not only committed to offering a high quality service, but also with a high degree of professionalism.”

Thrings, whose team of agriculture lawyers work across Bristol, London, Bath, Swindon and Reading, has been providing specialist legal advice to farmers, landowners and those involved in the business of agriculture for more than a century.

Pictured above: Peter Cusick, Head of Agriculture at Thrings