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Rural Land and Business Seminar

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Succession: Promises versus Plans

About the seminar

Longmores Solicitors invite you to their annual seminar and lunch for rural landowners, businesses and professional advisors.

Passing on the family farm or agricultural business may seem straight forward but promises made at the kitchen table are sometimes broken.  The risk is that difficult decisions are avoided or not thoroughly discussed and agreed, when good planning is all that is needed to avoid future conflict.

Victoria Sandberg, Head of Rural at Longmores, will chair the seminar.  Victoria Wood, Solicitor in our Private Client team, will explain how carefully drafted wills and lasting Powers of Attorney can give everybody involved a clear plan for the future.  Lauren Mackenzie, Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, will talk about what happens if conflict emerges over a will, including challenges raised from anybody in the family who is not directly involved in the business or queries over money that has been left to charity.

We will also be joined by two guest speakers.

Paul Cherry is a Hertfordshire farmer who is passionate about soil health and host of Groundswell, which has become the flagship event for regenerative agriculture, attracting speakers and delegates from across the globe.

Amanda Jansen is Head of Philanthropy at The Hertfordshire Community Foundation, which is an independent charity that aims to encourage local philanthropy, the giving of time, resources or both by local people to help support their local communities.

About the speakers

Victoria Sandberg

Longmores Solicitors

Partner and Head of Rural

01992 512775


A Commercial Property specialist, Victoria handles transactions including freehold sales and purchases, conditional contracts, option and pre-emption agreements, overage, leases and general estate management issues. She is a CLA Committee member and acts for a number of estates, rural businesses, farmers and investors

Victoria Wood

Longmores Solicitors

Associate Solicitor in the Older and Vulnerable Client team

01992 305244


Victoria takes a carefully tailored approach to support her clients with their wills, powers of attorney, trusts, probate and estate administration.  She also specialises in supporting older and vulnerable clients, managing their financial affairs, and safeguarding their welfare. Victoria is a member of STEP, SFE and the Law Society Private Client Section.

Lauren Mackenzie

Longmores Solicitors

Partner specialising in Dispute Resolution and Mediation

01992 512778


Lauren in an experienced commercial and civil litigator.  She helps individuals and families to resolve disputes about wills, estates or trusts and has founded a specialist practice area that continues to grow and take on complex matters.  Lauren is also an accredited mediator, with strong expertise in resolving legal disputes outside the courtroom.

Amanda Jansen

Hertfordshire Community Foundation

Head of Philanthropy

07711 143267


Amanda has been a successful fundraiser in the charitable sector for over 15 years.  As Head of Philanthropy at The Hertfordshire Community Foundation Amanda’s role is to introduce the Foundation’s work to a wide audience of individuals, families, corporates and professional advisors in Hertfordshire. Her main objective is to grow the Foundation’s endowment by building strong and meaningful relationships and she plays a key part in making sure donors enjoy all the positives of giving without any of the administrative burden. Amanda absolutely loves her job, matching donors who wish to “give where they live or work” and helping small local charities that matter most.

Paul Cherry


01462 790 219


Paul Cherry farms 1,000 hectares with his brother in North Hertfordshire.

He is passionate about soil health and in 2011 they moved the arable operation to a completely no-till system ad have since gone away from using any insecticides. The farm grows a range of cereals and legumes using a strictly regenerative farming technique with minimal soil disturbance, use of cover crops whenever possible and integrating livestock into the arable rotation.

They also run a 130 head beef shorthorn suckler cow herd fattening all the young stock on a purely pasture and straw based diet and mob stocking the herd on pastures and herbal leys in the summer months.

Paul and his family host and run the Groundswell Conference, which in its eight year has become the flagship event for regenerative agriculture attracting speakers and delegates from across the globe.


To book your space at the Rural Land and Business Seminar, please email bookings@longmores.law by 15 March.

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