Furley Page has strengthened its specialist team which provides an unrivalled range of legal services for farmers and rural land owners across Kent and the South East. Ethan Desai has joined the Agriculture and Rural Business Team as a Senior Associate.
Ethan has joined a team which has acted for farmers and rural land owners for generations and understands their special requirements. The team, which is an integral part of the agricultural scene in Kent, is expert in helping clients to meet the challenges of running their businesses in an ever-changing economic climate.
Ethan’s arrival bolsters an already formidable team line-up which includes long-serving Partner Christopher Wacher, Partner and Head of Real Estate Jeremy Licence, Partner David Hall, who is Head of Property Disputes, which includes agricultural disputes and Associate Nicola Hopper, who is a private client and agriculture law specialist and a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
Welcoming Ethan to the team, Jeremy Licence says: “He is a first class lawyer with considerable experience of this complex area of the law. Ethan has an excellent background representing rural and agricultural clients and is already making a welcome contribution to the work of our team.”
Talking of his decision to move his young family to Kent from the Midlands, Ethan says: “The strength and breadth of agricultural law and rural business expertise at Furley Page is renowned and is what attracted me.
“I mainly advise on land-related matters, but increasingly rural land owners need advice on other aspects of the law. I am pleased to be joining a firm which has wider agricultural expertise,” says Ethan, who previously held a similar specialist agricultural role at a law firm in the Midlands.
Furley Page’s expertise in this area is recommended by The Legal 500 while the team is also regarded as a recognised practitioner by Chambers UK, which are both independent guides to the legal profession.
Ethan graduated from the University of Reading and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He has particular experience in advising on agricultural property matters and diversification projects. He has acted for landowners in relation to renewable energy projects, residential and commercial development schemes and provides general estate management and tenancy advice.
He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Country Land and Business Association.
Ethan, aged 37, is married with a son and, appropriately for a rural affairs lawyer, enjoys a range of outdoor activities including cycling and mountain and hill walking.
For further advice on legal services for farmers and rural land owners contact Ethan on 01227 763939.
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Agriculture and Rural Business Team
The team’s services include the sale, purchase and letting of farmland and the property rights and interests incidental to the ownership of land. Other services include agricultural tenancies, contract and share farming, joint venture development projects, environmental and planning controls in the rural context, support for equine businesses, wills for farming and landowning families, tax and succession planning, dispute resolution and sporting rights over rural property.
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