We work with a large number of farmers, landowners and estate managers across Devon and Cornwall. All of them recognise that as a truly local law firm, we understand the area and the commercial potential of its rural zones far better than any larger city firms.

As you’ll know, these are challenging times for landowners, with unprecedented economic pressures forcing many to restructure their operations.  At the same time, possibilities for diversifying are plentiful, but fraught with complexity: new technologies, new environmental and renewable energy opportunities, new forms of taxation.

Having legal advice from a partner who really understands the rural sector and the region, and who will pro-actively indicate new commercial opportunities for you, has never been more important.

At Stephens Scown, our specialist rural services team is on-hand across the region to help you get your new projects off the ground while protecting your assets. Chambers and Partners Guide to the legal profession (2020) praises the team for being a “leading firm in this area and one of the biggest names in this space”.

The management of land is undergoing a slow but steady revolution. We’ll help you stay at the cutting edge of this revolution and steer you through the sometimes complex bureaucracy.

Our Agriculture & Rural Affairs team are top ranked in the latest edition of the Chambers UK independent guide to the legal profession.

Chambers UK is an independent guide to the legal profession and its rankings are based on feedback from clients and other professionals.
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    Their biggest strength is that they are a one-stop shop and usually have someone who can advise on any particular subject.

    Chambers and Partners Guide to the legal profession (2020)


    Outstanding agricultural expertise, well regarded locally and very involved in the farming community. Several points of contact with a broad range of services offered within each office.

    Legal 500 (2020)


    The team is approachable and has depth of expertise.

    Chambers and Partners Guide to the legal profession (2019)

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