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Agriculture Chris Porter

I gained my LLB qualification at the University of Leeds and my Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Law, Chester. I trained with Eversheds LLP in the City of London, qualifying in 2003. I then joined national law firm Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds where I worked as a Commercial Property Lawyer. At Addleshaw Goiddard, I  acted for a number of FTSE 100 companies and also for large pension fund providers in connection with their property portfolios. I also worked on a number of retail acquisitions assisting the corporate team.

In 2005 I joined Myerson Solicitors in Altrincham, Cheshire as a Commercial Property Lawyer. I acted for a wide range of individuals, SME’s and large commercial clients. In 2014, I became a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and was also made a partner at Myerson. I left Myerson in 2016 to work in house, where I was involved in the creation of a new law firm, Port Worth Law in 2017.

I specialise in commercial property, in particular landlord and tenant work.  I also assist with agricultural property matters.

I have two young children so spend much of my time at assorted National Trust properties entertaining them. I am a keen runner and recently took part in the Warrington Half Marathon and Manchester Half Marathon in aid of a local charity.

John Gibbons

Background

John attended Staffordshire University Law School Law for both the Law Degree and the Legal Practice Course. He qualified as a Solicitor in August 2001 and joined Hibberts LLP in May 2015 and is based at the Nantwich office.

Area of Expertise

John specialises in Agricultural Law and Residential and Commercial Property. He is a team member of the Quality Conveyancing Scheme and a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

He has experience in:

About John

John enjoys spending time with his family, watching football, listening to music, gardening, reading and travelling

Michaela Warner

Background

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.

Area of Expertise

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, she took on a full-time position completing stamp duty registrations. Since 2016, she 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.

About Michaela

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.

Michael Ward

Background

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

Area of Expertise

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.

About Michael

In such spare time as he has, he enjoys hill-walking, boats, country sports, wildlife and gardening.

Oliver Lewis

Oliver joined Hibberts LLP in 2018 as a solicitor in the Agricultural Department, having completed his training contract with the National Farmers’ Union. Brought up on an arable farm in Shropshire, Oliver has always had an interest in agricultural law, farming and issues relating to agricultural policy, the countryside and rural businesses.

Oliver is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and a keen rugby player. In his spare time, Oliver enjoys spending time back on the family farm, walking and seeing friends.

Stephen Sorfleet Wynford Collins Wanda M. Goodhead

Background

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.

Area of Expertise

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 .

About Wanda

When she is not advising clients, Wanda enjoys listening to classical music, going to the opera and reading.