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24 December 2014

Charles Russell Speechlys' Guildford office lands agricultural expert

Charles Russell Speechlys’ Guildford office has hired solicitor Jonathan Thompson to boost its services to private clients. Jonathan previously practised in the North East of England and East Anglia, and brings extensive experience in landed estates, rural property and agricultural law advice. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and he joins the 20 strong Rural Business & Landed Estates team at the firm. 

Jonathan said “I am delighted to have joined Charles Russell Speechlys, to be able to provide agricultural and rural law advice out of our Guildford office to our landed estate clients and their professional advisers, to complement that given by my tax and trusts colleagues.”

Sally Ashford, head of the Private Wealth team in the Guildford office said “Our proven ability to offer highly technical tax planning and trusts advice to landed estate owners and businesses, is complemented by Jonathan’s knowledge and experience of agricultural law, agricultural tenancies and providing advice to landed estates. We look forward to continuing to provide expert advice to our landed estate clients on a range of private and business issues”.

The firm’s Guildford office has recently moved into new premises at One London Square, Cross Lanes to accommodate their substantial growth over the last few years. Charles Russell Speechlys is one of the UK’s top 30 law firms and was formed by the merger of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham in November this year.

The firm now has 170 partners and 500 lawyers and provides services to businesses and individuals, including private wealth advice. Part of the private wealth offering is advice to landed estates, including tax and trusts planning, agricultural law and rural property advice.