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Interview with Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association

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Interview with Emma Coke, as she achieves The Agricultural Law Association Fellowship

Emma Coke is an Associate Solicitor in our Agriculture & Estates Team, who has recently become a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.

What is the Agricultural Law Association?

For more than 40 years, the ALA has been the UK’s largest inter-professional organisation devoted to the law and business of the countryside. It is an organisation which promotes the understanding and development of law and professional services in agricultural and rural issues.

It is now the UK’s premier independent cross-disciplinary organisation with over 1,000 members including some of the leading practitioners in rural affairs in the UK and Europe.

As a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, how does this benefit your clients?

Being one of just a small number of lawyers in the country to join the agricultural elite means I have specialist and in depth knowledge of my chosen area of practice. I now have access to a network of fellow professionals with whom we can share our expertise.

How can the Agriculture & Estates Team help and advise the farming community?

Birkett Long has a dedicated, specialist Agriculture & Estates Team advising on all aspects of the law relating to rural law, property and agri-business. We can provide a tailored and highly individual service for our clients, and be on hand for any issues you might face.

The Agriculture & Estates Team is informed and proactive; we understand the demands and requirements placed on those operating in the rural sector. As a client, you can expect us to have a thorough understanding of rural issues, and to provide seamless advice on all aspects of your business. Some of our lawyers also have personal experience of the farming and equine industries which gives them a practical advantage in advising these communities.

What do you like most about your job?

I feel privileged to be entrusted with my clients’ most treasured possession – their land. It is a huge advantage to me, and clients, that the firm has such a strong team and the ability to provide all forms of legal support for its agricultural clients.

Head of Agriculture & Estates and Partner, Caroline Dowding, says: “We are proud of Emma’s success and pleased that this achievement will be recognised by fellow professionals and others through her status as a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. Studying for this qualification has strengthened her knowledge in areas such as tax, land and planning, helping broaden the range of skills we have within the Agriculture & Estates Team. This will only be of benefit to our farming and landowning clients.”