Leading regional law firm Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) is pleased to report that Stephen Firmin, a TSP director and Head of the Commercial Property team, has become a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (FALA) having successfully passed the Fellowship examinations.

For almost 40 years the ALA has been a forum for professionals serving agriculture – solicitors, surveyors, accountants, bankers, farm business consultants and others – to support each other in their specialisms; the Fellowship is for those with more experience of working in the law of agriculture and the countryside. Stephen joins TSP Consultant Solicitor, Graham Wilson, who is already of Fellow of the Association. Together Stephen and Graham advise the firm’s substantial portfolio of agricultural clientele in connection with property, as well as related commercial questions.

The Team has extensive technical expertise in the handling of commercial and agricultural land and property acquisitions, disposals and related development transactions such as option and pre-emption agreements.

Stephen says “I am delighted to have been awarded the Fellowship of the Agricultural Law Association. The Association plays such a very important role in bringing together leading practitioners in rural affairs from across the UK and Europe and provides excellent academic support to its Fellows and Members. As a practice TSP holds an annual Agricultural Law Workshop at its Colchester Office, hosted by Geoff Whittaker of the ALA, to which our fellow professionals serving local agriculture are invited. This year we anticipate this will take place in early summer, when hopefully Geoff will be in a position to update us on the ongoing implementation of the CAP reforms.”