Steven Corfield attorney
This is the message from a seasoned legal specialist, Steven Corfield, who joins the farming team at Lanyon Bowdler law firm in Shropshire.
Steven is from Shropshire and has built a highly respected reputation over many years. He is one of the two leading figures in the West Midlands on the prestigious Legal 500 directory for his work in the agricultural sector.
Brian Evans, Lanyon Bowdler’s Managing Partner and Head of Agriculture, said, “We are excited to add Steven to our team along with Nick Playford, a colleague from the agricultural law specialist who joined the firm earlier this year.
“Steven is a very experienced attorney and is known for his work with clients in the agricultural and real estate sectors.
“He grew up on the Bridgnorth family farm, has close ties to Shropshire and the surrounding area, and knows the area and people very well. His expertise is invaluable to Lanyon Bowdler and our customers.”
Steven joins the law firm from FBC Manby Bowdler, where he worked as an agricultural advisor and specializes in providing professional advice in areas such as property and leases, leases, partnership agreements, inheritance and capital taxation, mineral rights, sports rights, telecommunications and renewable energy.
He said, “Exercising agricultural law can be compared to working in a James Herriot-style veterinary practice, since you have no idea what job is coming through the door next.
“For example, once I was working on a multi-million dollar purchase and a dairy farmer called to say that a bailiff had tried to take away one of his dairy cows. I dropped my pen and drove out to meet the client, the cow, and the bailiff.
“It turned out that the cow had been sold to my customer by an agricultural company that was received and had no right to sell. A deal was made and the cow was kept. “
He added: “I have worked in agricultural law since 1993 and I doubt the sector has seen the turbulence as it is now.
“However, as one of my mentors in the law would remind me, there is a saying that change is both uncertainty and opportunity. This is how I see agriculture in Britain right now and we should all try to make the most of the opportunities that arise. “