Coodes Rural Conference – Book Now

Tue 3rd Apr 2012

Coodes’ rural conference to guide farmers through the legal minefield.

Cornish solicitors Coodes are to host a Rural Conference to give farmers and rural businesses a helping hand with the law. Coodes’ legal experts will be joined by three external speakers from the Agricultural Law Association, Senior Development Officer with Cornwall Council and Renaissance Environmental Consultancy.

Farmers are among the most regulated businesses in the UK whilst working in an industry that is seeing unprecedented change.

Now that getting environmental issues wrong can be a criminal offence, farmers are under greater pressure than ever.

And they also have specific succession issues that mean they can need special help when they face challenges like divorce and bereavement.

Coodes’ Rural Conference will bring together nationally recognised experts on farming and rural business issues, common land and livestock legislation, environmental law and environmental change.

The conference, at Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club on April 26, will be a chance to hear how developments in these areas affect Cornish farmers.

Coodes own experts in family, business and criminal law, solicitors who understand Cornwall and its rural communities, will also be on hand to give insight and advice.

Speaker Geoff Whittaker spent more than 20 years as a solicitor before he was appointed Consultant & Adviser to the Agricultural Law Association in 2002. He is also editor of the monthly journal Farm Law.

He will be talking about reforms to the Common Agricultural Payment and recent concerns over the Schmallenberg virus.

Martin Wright is a Senior Development Officer with Cornwall Council Martin Wright is an expert in registration of common land and rights of common.

He is a director of the Association of Commons Registration Authorities in England and Wales, is the Commons and Greens advisor to the Local Government Association, and sits on the National Common Land Stakeholder Group set up to advise Defra on the implementation of commons legislation.

Angus Middleton is technical director at the environmental consultancy Renaissance. He has worked in the environmental sector for nearly 20 years and pioneered environmental auditing for agricultural land.

They are joined by Coodes criminal law specialist Mike Gregson, who will talk about environmental prosecutions, and Elise Alma, head of the family department at Coodes.

Elise specializes in all areas of family law and has a particular interest in farming. Succession planning is today a hot topic and Elise will explain that changes to family law could make it easier for farming couples to ensure their children’s inheritance of the farm is safeguarded if they divorce.

Suzanne Skerry from Coodes said: “There’s never been more for farmers and rural business owners to deal with in terms of legislation and the law.

“Coodes works with farmers every day and we know the pressures they are under. Our Rural Conference is designed to help them understand and address the issues they have to tackle.”

To reserve a place on the seminar please email: by 13th April.

The seminar is free of charge. Start time 09:30, 26th April Lanydrock Golf and Hotel, Lanhydrock.

Tue 3rd Apr 2012

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