NFU reappoints Wilkin Chapman to its 'vital' Legal Panel

23 August 2018

Wilkin Chapman solicitors is delighted to announce its reappointment to the NFU’s Legal Panel for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

With strong links within the agricultural sector, Wilkin Chapman has been a member of the Panel since its inception a decade ago. Just last year the firm was a proud winner of the NFU’s inaugural national Legal Panel Excellence Award – a reflection of its continued commitment and hard work with the organisation.

The Legal Panel, which was originally appointed in its current format in May 2008, is reviewed every three years. Each review considers the firms’ legal services, fee structures and commitment to the organisation and its members, as well as feedback from NFU members and staff.

Following an intensive six-month review, Wilkin Chapman joined 14 other legal firms across the UK in their re-selection to the Panel.

NFU director of finance and business services, Ken Sutherland, said: “The Legal Panel is a vital part of the services offered to NFU members and following a rigorous and robust review process I am delighted to confirm that fifteen firms have been reappointed.

“The firms have built upon and strengthened their agricultural and rural teams, and their professionalism and depth of knowledge is second-to-none.”

Chairman of the Legal Board, Trevor Foss, added: “The increase in regulation in the industry over the past few years has put the Legal Panel in high demand and we are committed to delivering a high-quality service for all.

“The reappointments will serve to strengthen the bond between the NFU, the LAS and the panel solicitors, which together delivers tangible benefits for all NFU members and LAS subscribers.”

With six offices across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, agriculture is a key sector for Wilkin Chapman – the largest law firm in the region.

Senior partner, Andrew Holt, who is based the firm’s Lincoln offices, said: “We value our relationship with the NFU as we look to support the sector across our region, with advice that is both informative and helps to overcome some of the challenges faced while focusing on the many opportunities that exist. “We are therefore delighted with our re-appointment onto the Panel and are proud to be part of the 10 year anniversary and would like to celebrate with them in reaching this milestone.”

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