Category Archives: agriculture

Festival of Remembrance 2018

On the 11thNovember 2018, we were honoured to attend the Cheltenham Festival of Remembrance at the Cheltenham Town Hall. At 7pm the Mayor of Cheltenham lit the Beacon as those who attended joined together to sing hymns and remember those who lost their lives in wars, with particular poignancy this year remembering the 100thanniversary of…
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The Agricultural Bill 2018

The Agricultural Bill was published on the 12th September 2018 and it is expected to become law in spring 2019. It is a key part of the Government’s plan for future farming and land management policy. The bill provides a framework for new agricultural policies and transition measures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. New…
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Pollution Penalty for Staffordshire Farmer

A farmer in Staffordshire was fined recently following pollution of Gayton Brook, Staffordshire where 3,000 fish perished. In a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, the Staffordshire farmer pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching Environmental Regulations following two pollution incidents and failing to provide adequate effluent storage. The first incident occurred in September 2015…
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Equestrian Update “Sold as Seen” Offers Little Protection

Here we remind horse owners of the dangers of “sold as seen” horse purchases following a spate of recent cases.  The phrase is one that seems to be very widely misunderstood in the equine community as offering a cast iron protection for a seller. Sellers often use “sold as seen” in an attempt to record…
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Relief for Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers across the UK are being offered a helping hand by the government which will include a range of measures such as compulsory milk contracts and a £10 million collaboration fund. Consultation in the coming months will centre on a fund that will work by bringing together and funding those interested in cooperation.  The…
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Contractual Liability of Telecoms Operators

In PG Lewins Limited v. (1) Hutchinson 3G UK Limited and (2) EE Limited2018 (PG Lewins ltd) the Courts made a significant decision regarding the statutory rights of Telecoms Operators. The verdict means that if telecoms Operators fail to comply with their contractual obligations they are no longer able to use their statutory powers to…
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ANIMALS ACT 1971 – STRICT LIABILITY FOR FARMERS

If an animal injures someone or causes damage to property, the owner of the animal may be liable under the Animals Act 1971 (the Act).  The Act imposes strict liability on the owner of an animal that escapes and causes damage to land, buildings or people.  Interpretation of the Act can be unpredictable.  For example:…
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Farming Families and Proprietary Estoppel

Farming and farms often run in families: from generation to generation members of the same family may want to work the same land. But if the hand-over from one generation to the next is not openly and properly planned, preferably with legal advisors and all family members fully engaged, bitter disputes over inheritance expectations may…
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