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Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, Worcester, Wye Valley
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Agriculture & Rural Affairs

About The Role

At HCR our nationally recognised Agriculture and Rural Affairs Team is looking to make a senior appointment to drive the growth of the team in the west of England, and Wales.  

The Team has a wealth of experience working with landed estates, farmers, rural  businesses, and high net worth individuals. We work with our clients dealing with all aspects of farms and Estate management; property sales and purchases, tax and succession planning, and dispute resolution. We act for some of the largest landowners in the country, 4 of our clients being within the top 50 landowners in the UK. We are leading the way putting in place agreements to implement multi landowner schemes under ELMS, and to unlock Biodiversity Net Gain. We work with our clients dealing with renewable energy schemes and strategic land sales with values in excess of £100m. We act on secured lending for both borrowers and nationally recognised agricultural lenders.  

We have 54 fee earners across the firm working closely with the agricultural industry making us one of the largest agricultural teams in the country. These include the market leading Agriculture and Estates team of HCR Hewitsons which has consistently been top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

We are committed to the agricultural industry having been on the NFU Legal panel since 2009 and with close links to the CLA, sitting on County committees and having sat on the National Legal, Parliamentary and Property Rights committee. We are active members of the Agricultural Law Association, with  the Director of Education, Committee members, [3] Fellows of the Agricultural Law Association. We actively support and encourage engaging with the ALA and other industry groups. 


About You

We are looking for a person with a passion for the agricultural industry to take a key role to develop the teams in the HCR’s western offices which already have a wide reach and client-base in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and in South and West Wales . The successful applicant would have a strong management and leadership skills, or the appetite to develop these with the support of the existing management team. 

We are looking for experience in acting for farmers and landowners within a legal discipline that could include agricultural land and property, private client or dispute resolution. What is required is a genuine specialist in their field who can win work for, and be supported by, a wider multi-disciplined team.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring together and grow a strategically important part of a multi-skilled service team, working within it and with its senior management.

About Us

Benefits of working with us:
  • Scottish Widows Pension Scheme
  • Bonus scheme
  • Income Protection
  • 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
  • Happy People / Perks at Work benefits portal
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • 1/3 gym membership contribution
  • Flu vaccinations
    What does HCR believe, achieve and stand for? 
As a Times Best Law firm, among the UK Top 70, we provide the full range of services that you would expect to organisations, business leaders and individuals. However, in our mission to give everyone the opportunity to experience a different kind of legal service, we take an entrepreneurial approach. We’re flexible and responsive to the needs of our clients, delivering the best outcomes for them. We have more than 800 lawyers and support staff, including more than 150 partners, and have been awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark in recognition of our compliance and client care standards. 

With eleven offices in England and Wales our well-established presence stretches from west to east, ensuring clients can access a full-service legal offering no matter where they’re located. We’ve expanded significantly in Birmingham, Cardiff and the Thames Valley, and our merger with Hewitsons has led to the addition of two new office locations (Northampton and Milton Keynes), and even further growth in London and Cambridge. 

With solid connections in the communities we work in, and a track record of delivering legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the areas we base ourselves in, our clients continue to value our approach to providing legal advice, in the way they need, when they need it.
At HCR, we don’t just accept differences, we celebrate them. We want to attract a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and skills to create a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and which works together to achieve the best outcome for our clients. 

We also want you to achieve your absolute best during the recruitment process.  Please let us know of any changes we can make at any point that will help support your application.  If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV. 
A note for recruitment agencies – The HCR Resourcing Team is responsible for recruitment across the firm, and where possible will use direct hiring methods. We do work with a Preferred Supplier List, and where appropriate, we will release vacancies to those agencies who we deem most appropriate to support us. Only those agencies will be invited to submit candidates via our recruitment portal. Any speculative or unsolicited CVs sent to any employee or Partner of HCR will not be considered an introduction, and no fees will be applicable. Furthermore, we retain the right to pursue these candidates without query of ownership

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