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I joined Hibberts LLP in September 2015 to head their Agriculture and Rural Practice Department having previously worked at a niche Agricultural Practice in North Wales. The Department here at Hibberts LLP is not only named by ‘The Legal 500’ as one of the most respected of its kind, it has been recognised as a “Top Tier” Department.
Having been raised on a Hill Farm in South Snowdonia I have always had a particular interest in Agricultural Law and Commercial Law and issues relating to the Countryside and Rural Businesses. I have been fortunate enough to have been given an opportunity to combine my personal interests with work.
I can provide specialist advice on the following:-
• Tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 including rent reviews, repairing obligations etc;
• Representation at the Agricultural Land Tribunal in Wales and the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Agricultural
• Land and Drainage in England;
• Succession and Succession Planning under the AHA 1986;
• Drafting and Dissolving Partnership Agreements and Partnership Disputes;
• The Sale and Purchase of Farms and Estates including Sales by Auction;
• Business structures for your Farming or Diversification Business;
• Estate and Succession Planning;
• Creation and Termination of Trusts to protect your assets.
• Land Law issues relating to Common Land, Sporting Rights, Manorial Rights, Complex means of holding and organising land, Easements, Profits à Prendre, Water – Abstraction and Drainage, Fishing, Positive and Restrictive Covenants;
• Basic Payment Scheme, Rural Development and Agri-environment Agreements;
• Sale and Purchase of Commercial Property and Businesses;
• Various Types of Leases;
• Sale of Minerals;
• Option Agreement and Overage;
• Creation of Companies;
I am supported by a great team that can assist me with the above and also provide advice specialist advice on the following:
• Wills, Tax and Trusts;
• Dispute Resolution;
• Employment Issues; and
• Family Matters.
I split my time between North Wales and Nantwich. I am a member of the Agricultural Law Association and a regional co-ordinator for North Wales. I am also a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association following successful completion of the ALA’s examination in London in December 2015. I have since become a member of Council for the ALA.
I am secretary of my local Agricultural Show, a Member of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show Advisory Committee, a Member of the Eryri Young Farmers Club Management Committee and a past Farming Connect Rural Leadership Scholar.John Gibbons
Attended Staffordshire University Law School Law for both the Law Degree and the Legal Practice Course.
John qualified as a Solicitor in August 2001 and joined Hibberts LLP in May 2015 and is based at the Whitchurch office.
John specialises in Agricultural Law and Residential and Commercial Property and is a team member of the Quality Conveyancing Scheme. John is a member of the Agricultural Law Association.
Some of the transactions John has been advisor are:
The acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold residential and commercial property; including representing property developers and investors. The granting and renewal of business premises leases – Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Property finance, including secured lending and pension fund transactions. Acquisitions and disposal of residential nursing care homes. Secured institutional lending. Commercial and industrial design and build procurement. Purchasing and selling farms and estates. Agricultural tenancies. Farm business tenancies. Succession rights. Farm partnerships. Succession planning. Sporting, fishing and drainage rights. Land law. Options and overage. Common Agricultural Policy.
Family. Technology. Football. Music. Gardening. Reading. Travel.Michaela Warner
Michaela completed her Law degree at Aston University in 2014 and is continuing her studies completing a part-time Legal Practice Course whilst also continuing to work full time at our Nantwich office.
Michaela first came to Hibberts on a summer university placement working within different areas of the firm to gain valuable experience. After a successful placement, Michaela took on a full-time position completing stamp duty registrations. Since 2016, Michaela has worked as a secretary within our agriculture and rural practice team and has recently been promoted to the role of Paralegal working with Edward Nutting.
In her spare time, Michaela enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.Michael Ward
Michael holds a BA (Hons) in French Studies from Warwick University and he also attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst .
He qualified with Hill Dickinson in 1998 and has been a solicitor, and then Partner with Hibberts LLP since 2002 during which time he has focused predominantly upon property and litigation work
He undertakes all manner of dispute resolution, and has a particular interest in contentious probate, trusts and partnership disputes. He also undertakes court of protection work, litigation relating to property and building disputes, and litigation relating to agriculture.
In such spare time as he has, he enjoys hill-walking, boats, country sports, wildlife and gardening.Stephen Sorfleet Wynford Collins Wanda M. Goodhead
Wanda is a solicitor in our agricultural team. She originally hails from Poland where she graduated with an equivalent to MA degree in classical and Near Eastern archaeology and ancient history. She subsequently moved to the UK and qualified as a solicitor in 1994. Wanda is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.
Wanda joined Hibberts LLP in 2013 having previously worked for a number of commercial law firms, including a legal 100 firm in Manchester, and gaining experience in a broad range of commercial property and agricultural issues, including sales and acquisitions of freehold and leasehold land, development site setting, planning agreements, transfer of farm businesses.
At Hibberts LLP, she specialises in agricultural work, advising and acting for landowners, farmers, landlords, tenants as well as lenders and investors. Wanda’s work ranges from acquisitions and disposals of bare agricultural land , grant of licences and farm business tenancies to complex and high value matters including succession applications and grant of succession tenancies, option and promotion agreements in relation to agricultural land, solar panel leases, agricultural business partnerships, secured lending, re-mortgages, entitlements under CAP .
When she is not advising clients, Wanda enjoys listening to classical music, going to the opera and reading.