We are one of the very few law firms in the UK who can truly claim to have long-term sector-specific expertise in both agriculture and technology.
Across the firm we have a top-class team of experts who have been specialising in agricultural and rural affairs for many decades, with valued long-term clients including landed estates, family-run farms, large farming businesses and large rural landholders. We understand that the agricultural sector is unique, with its own laws, its own business models and traditions, and its own commercial challenges.
Drawing on this expertise, our Technology team is uniquely well placed to advise on all aspects of Agri-Tech development, including the protection of ideas and know-how, contracts for the use or exploitation of Agri-Tech technologies and the resolution of disputes. We have drafted and negotiated an extensive range of contracts concerning farming technology, renewable energy, land management systems, and regularly advise on intellectual property protection and disputes.
Whether you are an inventor with an Agri-Tech invention, an early stage or established Agri-Tech business, or maybe a farmer, landowner or food producer, we can help you to achieve your commercial goals.
"Andrew is an excellent lawyer who understands the legal and technical aspects of IT whilst never losing sight of the commercial big picture. His MBA background gives him a valuable "edge" in dealing with numbers as well as words, together with useful insight into business issues”. (Comment from a consultant contact)
“Andrew was well able to offer sound advice that was practical, and did not just represent the technical legalities. Clearly Andrew understands the legal side as well as anyone, but he also has a wider perspective to contribute, which is refreshing”. (Comment from a client)
"Andrew Priest is a really valuable addition to the firm's IP expertise, with deep industry understanding and a sharp legal mind." (Comment from Legal 500)