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Rural conference to guide farmers through the legal minefield
A FREE Rural Conference to give farmers and rural businesses a helping hand with the law will be held on 26th April at the Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club.
Legal experts from Coodes Solicitors will be joined by three external speakers from the Agricultural Law Association, Cornwall Council and Renaissance Environmental Consultancy. The conference is being organised in association with the South West Regional Skills Programme at Duchy College Rural Business School and will bring together nationally recognised experts to talk to farmers about how legal development will affect them.
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.
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 Policy and recent concerns over the Schmallenberg virus.
Martin Wright is a Senior Development Officer with Cornwall Council and 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."
Andrew Counsell, head of Duchy College added: "The Rural Business School has been delivering practical and timely training to farmers for over ten year. We pride ourselves on working with the industry to address the important issues affecting rural businesses. I would encourage anyone from the farming community to make the most of this excellent opportunity to hear from experts."
Date: 26 April 2012
Time: 9.30 - 1.00 including buffet lunch
Venue: Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club
Address: Lostwithiel Road, Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AQ
To book a FREE place please email email@example.com or telephone 01726 874700 before April 13.
This training event is supported by the Duchy College Rural Business School through the SW Skills Programme, a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) initiative.