Harrowells recruits agricultural solicitor

Agricultural solicitor Jenni Bartram has joined North and East Yorkshire law firm Harrowells.

Bartram (pictured), a long-standing member of the Agricultural Law Association and former president of the Yorkshire Law Society, joins York-based Harrowells, which has a strong presence in agriculture throughout Yorkshire, as a consultant solicitor.

Since she qualified as a solicitor in 1981, Bartram has developed extensive experience in many areas of law involving farm businesses and landowners, including partnerships, wills, taxation and succession planning, as well as diversification schemes, including holiday and leisure developments, and business tenancies, property, planning and renewable energy schemes.

She will work in these areas from the law firm’s York and rural offices.

Bartram, who has worked with the National Farmers’ Union as a panel member, also sat on a legal committee of Agricultural Law Association and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) members on the introduction of the IAACS predecessor of the Basic Payment Scheme.

She also advises racehorse trainers and is a trustee of several landed estates where she is involved in their strategy planning and issues arising from both tenanted land and that farmed by the estates.

Commenting on her appointment at Harrowells, Bartram said: “I am delighted to join Harrowells as the firm is developing a dedicated and very able team with depth and ability to look after the agricultural sector. I look forward to supporting them.”

“There will be vast changes for British farming during the next five years. As we leave the EU, we currently have no idea whom our future trading partners will be and what rules and regulations will apply.”

“Support under the existing Basic Payment Scheme will also end which is going to cause a large drop in income and profit for many agricultural businesses which should now be forward planning very carefully in light of these changes.”