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Welcome to InBrief

At the time of writing this we are preparing to attend The Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, which is always an opportunity to chat to farming and rural clients and contacts.  We look forward to welcoming you to our marquee which we are once again sharing with Kreston Reeves. In this edition of our newsletter, we turn the legal spotlight on some of the rural issues which I expect may come up in conversation over the coming weeks.

Last month the government announced changes which make it easier for landowners to move footpaths, so Paul Burbidge looks at some of the legal issues and responsibilities of land ownership with rights of way
on page 6.

Our commercial team look at the issues around farming partnerships on page 10 and why formal written agreements are sensible when running a modern farming business.

In other areas we look at some of the issues around employing staff as well as ending employment relationships and there are details of a free seminar
we are running on this subject on 10th October.

We also look at some of the issues around owning a collection and how you deal with that in your Will.
Our Family team shine the spotlight on the importance of mediation and the role it can play to help a separating couple move on amicably.

Finally, we are once again celebrating Maidstone’s High Street Heroes and we have had a number of businesses nominated so far.  You can nominate a retail, hospitality, or other type of business up to the end of September via our website and we look forward to the opportunity to say thank you to those who provide a vital and friendly service on our high street.

As always if you would like any information on any of the issues raised or other legal matters, please don’t hesitate to contact our teams.

Warm regards

John Roberts

Managing Partner