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Auction centre gets new legal team
A NEW legal team dealing with countryside and farming issues has been opened at Kendal’s J36 Auction Centre.
The Rural Law Practice is headed by Nigel Davis, a solicitor with almost 40 years’ experience in agricultural law and rural issues.
Serena Gowling, a farmer’s daughter and former solicitor, now a barrister with 18 years’ experience in agricultural law and property disputes joins him.
And Rachel Capstick, also a farmer’s daughter and local girl, joins as a legal assistant and the practice manager.
Mr Davis, well-known as co-author of The Agricultural Precedents Handbook, said: “One of our major advantages is that we have so much practical experience. Rachel and I have real hands-on experience with the livestock sector. I own flocks of Rough Fell and Derbyshire Gritstone sheep and have been a judge of both breeds for many years as well as having a keen interest in working sheep dogs.
“Rachel, grew up in and still lives in the Howgills where she and her sister have their own sheep.
“Serena was an agro-nomist for an international company for ten years before becoming a solicitor and a barrister. She brings significant knowledge of arable and equine issues to the practice.
“Having Serena in the team also means that we can approach our client’s problems with a barrister’s outlook from the beginning and avoid the duplication of costs and delays that can cause real problems. Her background means she can talk to our clients on a practical level.
“She has years of experience in the High Court and County Court as well as dealing with professional negligence, contested probate, commons and access issues, equine matters and rural planning.”
Mr Davis described J36 Rural Auction Centre as ‘a perfect base’ for the practice.
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