Joel is a farmer’s son from Suffolk. For many years he worked on the family farm. Having been through succession planning at home Joel understands first-hand the issues that arise between family members.

Joel advises estates and farmers in relation to strategic business planning including business continuity and succession issues, and share and contract farming issues. He helps them avoid litigation by understanding their needs and assisting them to communicate more effectively with one another. Joel also acts for landowners in relation to renewables - having acted on numerous solar, wind and AD matters as well as energy storage.

Joel acts for banks when taking security over rural land, driving through the process in order to secure draw down of funds for the bank and borrower in the shortest feasible time.

He is the only specialist rural recoveries solicitor in England and Wales, advising LPA receivers when they are appointed over farms and estates. Joel uses his knowledge of the rural sector to more effectively advise receivers when dealing with often complex issues arising when security is enforced.

Experience

  • Acting for a high street bank in relation to security matters where a farming business was being restructured by accountants. The new structure was complicated including a number of family members two partnerships with corporate partners as well as two limited companies trading in their own right and also a buying ring. The business were also tenants of the farmland and the long-term FBTs were found to be defective meaning that the bank effectively had no security.
  • Acting for a brother when exiting from the family partnership. The farm was a dairy and arable farm with significant development potential. There was little appetite for a full-blown dispute but a need for the brothers to separate out their business interests from each other. The process was complicated by positive TB reactors causing delays with the dispersal of the dairy herd and also of the need to structure matters to allow maximum tax efficiency due to the development potential of part of the land. Strained family relations made negotiations very difficult.
  • Acting for a property receiver in relation to the recovery of a farm in the Midlands. In all advising in relation to occupational issues, planning problems, potential illegal immigration and gangmaster regulation issues, raids by the local police and a borrower that had potential mental health issues.
  • Acting for the landowner in relation to the deployment of the first vanadium flow batteries in the UK.

Career

Joel worked at Burges Salmon from 2005 until 2011. He then moved to Foot Anstey before joining Wright Hassall in 2018. 

Memberships

Agricultural Law Association

Interests

Joel enjoys cycling and swimming and took part in the 2018 Dartmoor Classic cycling event cycling 110km across Dartmoor.