Jon Clifford is a seasoned litigator, acting mostly for farmers, land owners, and rural businesses. His understanding of his clients’ unique needs, together with a practical approach to disputes, often manages resolution without recourse to the courts.

Jon is an advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), especially mediation, but is ready to fight ruthlessly on his clients’ behalf if needs be.

Calm and sensible

Legal 500, 2017


  • Acted for a farmer in a professional negligence claim against his agronomist and an international agrochemical company.
  • Advised a farming business regarding a failed anaerobic digester plant, which included unravelling a novel, and potentially unworkable, finance package
  • Opposing an AHA succession application for a large estate in Wales; as well as acting for a tenant farmer in his application to succeed to his father’s tenancy on another Welsh estate
  • Acting for the claimant in a multi-million pound proprietary estoppel claim, where the issues included dissolution of a farming partnership, assessment of ownership and the type of occupancy of land
  • Opposing the grant of a farm Business Tenancy on grounds of undue influence and unconscionable behaviour
  • Numerous claims for possession of land and buildings
  • Analysing and advising land owners in relation to easements and covenants


  • Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
  • Property Litigation Association

Career history

Jon began his legal career at Theodore Goddard in the City of London, focusing on commercial property litigation. Moving to the Midlands in 2001, Jon has worked for Cobbetts and Clarke Willmott,  He has concentrated predominantly on rural disputes for the past 14 years.


Jon enjoys watching football, the more grass-roots the better. He can also be persuaded to accompany his family to equestrian events, but usually has to be bribed with a bacon butty.