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Rural Seminar with Womble Bond Dickinson and GSC Grays

The focus for many in recent times has been the fluctuations of input costs and commodity prices. However, we continue to face economic challenges not seen for a generation, coupled with new rules, regulations, and legislation in all areas of business which continue to evolve. 

Through a panel discussion our speakers will consider these key topics:

  • Making provisions for succession planning outwith the family business
  • Bio-Diversity Net Gain arrangements
  • Planning for a Labour government 
  • Renewable opportunities, with a focus on wind

Who should attend? Anyone involved in agricultural or associated business sectors and landowners who want the latest information on how best to manage their rural business assets or who are considering succession plans.

There will be a chance to put questions to our expert panel as well as an opportunity to network within an informal environment.

Venue: Howick Hall Gardens, Alnwick, Northumberland.  – Sat Nav follow NE66 3LB 

  • 5:30pm – Registration and finger buffet
  • 6:00pm – Presentations
  • 6.45pm – Panel discussion and Q&A
  • 7.15pm – Drinks and networking

Registration: The seminar is free to attend but places are limited. Email or call 01289 306688.

Richard Ayre – Partner, Greaves West & Ayre

As partner at GWA Richard follows in the footsteps of his father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather. As a general practitioner with a wide range of experience, Richard enjoys working with owner managed businesses and start-ups, providing practical advice in a language his clients understand.

Richard enjoys helping clients understand and realise the benefits of cost effective capital tax planning and succession planning on both sides of the English/Scottish border.

Rebecca Lawson – IFA, Greaves West & Ayre

Rebecca joined the GWA Wealth Management team in 2022 and is a Chartered Financial Planner and looks after clients with a wide range of backgrounds and requirements. Rebecca worked in Newcastle Upon Tyne, after graduating from university, completing her Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, and gaining experience as an adviser before joining GWA.

Rebecca is the Chair of the GWA Operations Committee, focussing on the services we provide our clients and sits on our Investment Committee.

Calum Gillhespy – Director, GSC Grays

Calum Gillhespy is the Regional Director for GSC Grays in Durham and Northumberland and is also the Chair of the Professional Services Board. Calum is directly involved in energy and development projects and has represented clients the length and breadth of England on renewable energy schemes.

Jenn Neill MRICS FAAV- Rural Associate, GSC Grays

Jenn joined GSC Grays in January 2023, having worked in north-east England and south-east Scottish regions for over 10 years. In addition to a broad range of rural work Jenn negotiates renewable energy agreements, has practical build phase knowledge as well as experience in dealing with ongoing site management such as decommissioning bond revaluations and rent audits.

Will Bonas – Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Will is a Partner in the Private Capital team, with many years of experience as a business and commercial lawyer, which he has built upon in private client work.  He typically advises the owners of businesses and rural estates, trustees, and high net worth individuals.  His main areas of expertise are providing strategic growth advice, generational succession planning and mainstream private client work, such as estate planning, wills, trusts, LPAs, and capital tax mitigation.

Andrew Farquharson – Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Andrew advises clients in relation to all aspects of rural property and has acted in the sale and purchase of many large farms and estates, sporting estates and agricultural and residential rural property portfolios.  His particular areas of expertise lie in acting for landowners in the grant of options and leases to renewable energy operators, advising on the grant of and on issues arising from agricultural tenancies, commercial leases, covenants and easements, and land development agreements, and advising mineral owners in the negotiation of prospecting agreements, option agreements, transfers and leases of minerals.

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