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Drive to remove red tape from the agriculture sector

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has today called for views on how the Government can make regulation less burdensome for businesses and others in agriculture, animal health and welfare, plant health and forestry. This is the latest group of regulations to be reviewed under the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, which was launched in April 2011 to […]

Important cross compliance updates now available online

A text only version of the guide will also be made available for those with slower or dial-up connections or those using mobile phones to access the internet. Farmers will also receive a booklet on the rule changes by post. This is the last time all farmers will be sent a paper copy of cross […]

Farmhouses provide no warm welcome for HMRC

The Upper Tax Tribunal delivered its long-awaited decision on 21 May deciding that agricultural property relief (APR) from inheritance tax on farmhouses is allowable where the farmhouse and farmland is not in common ownership but is in common occupation. Thames Valley and South Coast accountants James Cowper says this is an important decision in favour […]

Don’t blame the beans!

Don’t blame the beans!

Katherine Wright, Patent Attorney at AdamsonJones in Nottingham reports on the recently passed judgement by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Bowman vs Monsanto Co. et al, in which it concurred with the decision of The Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit that patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer […]

Rural law expert gives thoughts on farm safety

Principal Lecturer in Law and Taxation: Carrie de Silva comments; “Yet again, a death has been reported where a man in his 60s was walking through cattle in a field with public access. He and his older brother, who was also badly injured, were walking with a dog in Turleigh, Wiltshire on May 13 when […]

Serious offenders could face bigger penalties under new environmental sentencing proposals

The draft sentencing guidelines, which could mean larger fines for serious offenders, aim to provide clear guidance on sentencing these offences so that there is a consistent approach in courts across England and Wales. They also aim to ensure that the level of fines given to offenders matches the seriousness of the offences they have […]

Lawyer warns wind & hydro delvelopers on legal pitfalls

A rural lawyer has urged the UK’s renewable developers to ‘tick every box’ when it comes to the legal documents surrounding their schemes and partnerships with landowners. The timely warning comes from renewable legal specialist Elayna Smith as figures reveal the number of wind farms and hydro schemes across the UK are at their highest […]

Supermarket Watchdog success

St Ives MP Andrew George has joined fellow campaigners in welcoming the creation of a supermarket watchdog, saying it will “protect hardworking British businesses from unfair trading practices”. The watchdog was given the go ahead at today’s third reading of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill in the Commons, passing with support from all sides. Mr […]

HS2 line to cause devestation to Cheshire dairy farms

“The announcement of the proposed HS2 Link earlier this week is likely to cause considerable angst for some of Cheshire’s leading dairy farms” quotes Tony Rimmer of Rostons Land Agents in based in Cheshire. The proposed route takes a sway through the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Whilst many pressure groups are concerned over the […]

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