Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rural Law Expert Added to Team

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rural Law Expert Added to Team

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Byline: COREENA FORD Business writer coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk @Scoopford

COMMERCIAL law firm Muckle LLP has appointed David Towns to head up its new agriculture, estates and rural property team.

Mr Town's appointment and the establishment of a new team dedicated to agriculture, landed estates and rural property means the law firm now has specialist expertise across the full spectrum of commercial property law.

He will lead a team of specialist lawyers, which also includes partners Will McKay and Libbie Henderson, associate Richard Nixon and solicitor Beth Thompson.

Having qualified as a corporate finance lawyer, Mr Towns switched to agriculture and rural property work, and has since built up 14 years of significant expertise in the niche area, acting for national charities and organisations and for rural estates, landowners and farmers across the North East and Cumbria, as well as further afield.

He specialises in all aspects of agricultural law and is an acknowledged expert in the field of manorial rights and mines and minerals. He has previously given evidence to the Justice Select Committee's Inquiry into manorial rights and often provides commentary to national radio and newspapers on this topic.

Mr Towns said: "I am delighted to be leading this brand new, dedicated team at Muckle LLP and to be helping our agriculture, landed estates and rural property clients to develop, grow and adapt their businesses. …

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