NFU picks panel for Legal Assistance Scheme

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has launched a new Legal Assistance Scheme panel to advise its members on contentious issues relating to their agricultural businesses.

Sixteen firms have been appointed to the group – two in each of the trade organisation’s eight regions across England and Wales – for a three-year term.

The panel does not advise the NFU, which receives policy advice from its three-lawyer in-house team, according to Legal Assistance Scheme manager Regina Owusu, but provides advice for NFU members who opt to pay an additional fee.

The tender process was launched in January 2008 and the NFU received more than 200 expressions of interest, from which 41 firms were shortlisted.

The new panel comprises Bircham ;Dyson ;Bell, Bowcock Cuerden, Clarke Willmott, ;Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, Foot Anstey, ;Hewitsons, Jacksons Solicitors, John Collins & Partners, JRL Law, Lanyon Bowdler, Napthens, Needham & James, Stanley Tee, Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons, Wilkin Chapman Epton Blades and Wright Hassall.