Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Taxation & Asset Preservation

Tuesday 12 April 2016: 9.30am - 1.00pm followed by tour
Milton Abbey School, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BZ
Price: £35 CLA member; £45 non-member

Supported by: RSM Tenon, Clarke Willmott & Brewin Dolphin

Issues and solutions relating to rural wealth management have become increasingly complex creating a greater demand for joined-up professional advice.

Our Tax Planning and Asset preservation seminar will examine the threats and opportunities as well as giving an overview of what the CLA is doing for its members through the work of the national taxation committee.

Too often assets are lost through lack of appropriate action or inertia and our team of experts will look at opportunities to minimise tax liability, at the global investment market, inheritance and succession issues and at foreign exchange risk management.

The morning will conclude with an update on the fine art and auction markets.

Speakers will include:

Representatives from the CLA and from the supporting firms

The seminar will examine:

The latest ideas on minimising inheritance tax
Planning for succession – what to consider
Agricultural & Property Reliefs – an update
How to hedge the single farm payment
Tax efficient trading structures
Effective management of pensions and investments
Investing in fine art

In the afternoon, following a two course lunch, delegates will have an opportunity to look at the grounds and buildings of Milton Abbey and the School – which last year celebrated its 60th anniversary. The Abbey is the dominant feature of the school buildings. Described by the Bishop of Salisbury as ‘the most beautiful Church in Wessex it often features in the top 100 ecclesiastical buildings in Britain.

Meet the Advisers


Tuesday 2 February 2016: 10am – 12 noon
The Greyhound, Ashton Road, Siddington, Cirencester GL7 6HR

Wednesday 10 February 2016: 9.30am – 11.30am
The Watermans Arms, Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Nr Totnes, Devon TQ9 7EG

Wednesday 10 February 2016: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Rydon Inn, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 7HU

Thursday 11 February 2016: 9.30am – 11.30am
The Godolphin Arms, West End, Marazion, Penzance TR17 0EN

Thursday 18 February 2016: 10am – 12 noon
Bear Inn, 53 High Street, Street, Somerset B16 0EF

Wednesday 16 March 2016: 10am – 12 noon
The Poet Laureate, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3GW

Thursday 17 March 2016: 10am – 12 noon
Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club Netherhampton Road, Netherhampton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8PR

Price: free of charge

Supported by: Savills incorporating Smiths Gore

Like it or not, landowners are affected by a whole host of rules and regulations. Whether it’s planning, CAP reform, housing legislation or agri-environment schemes, keeping up to date with changes in the rules is a constant challenge. CLA advisers are only a phone call away and our seminars are a good way to get detailed updates on particular topics.

This spring, in association with Savills incorp. Smiths Gore, we are again staging a series of short technical updates at local venues where members can get updates from CLA staff and other professionals on topical issues affecting them. But we also want to hear from you and there will be the opportunity for members to raise and bring to the attention of the CLA regional team other issues they feel are of concern to rural landowners and businesses in their county.

There will be 7 events in this programme. These will be informal events at pubs in places where we are not always able to get to regularly. Hopefully you will be able to get along to one of them. Together with anything particularly topical, we will certainly be covering:

Legislation update for owners of private let housing
Farmland sales and rental market update;
Planning & Permitted Development Rights update;
Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship latest;
When to use Farm Business Tenancies, grazing licenses, share and contract farming agreements

Legal Updates

Tuesday 26 January 2016: 5pm – 7pm followed by drinks & canapés
Ingleside House, 5 Beeches Rd, Cirencester GL7 1BN

Thursday 25 February 2016: 5pm - 7pm followed by drinks & canapés
Grasmere House Hotel, 70 Harnham Rd, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8JN

Price: £12.50 CLA member; £15 Non-member inc VAT
Supported by: Clarke Willmott

This informal legal update will provide you with in depth information regarding impending topics affecting anyone in the agriculture & rural sector.

This event is designed to equip you with the knowledge to implement changes needed to protect your family, farm and business, and to facilitate discussion within the room on topics of concern.

This year has seen significant changes to tax returns and farming assets. This update will summarise these changes and also cover topics which will impact on members in 2016.

The Clarke Willmott speakers may include:

Kate Gardner, Employment Partner
Mark Buckerfield, Private Property and Agriculture Partner
Tim Hayden, Commercial and Private Client Litigation Partner
Caroline Waller, Planning Partner
Daniel Eames, Family Partner

The update will cover the following:

Family matters

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Friday, November 1, 2013

No Nonfire Night Sky lantern

The CLA in the South West is urging all landowners - public and private - to ban the use of sky lanterns on their property this Bonfire Night.

The Association, which has been campaigning for an outright ban, says the lanterns are little more than uncontrolled flying bonfires and put livestock, crops and buildings at risk.

CLA South West Director, John Mortimer, said: “Sky lanterns, or Chinese lanterns, have become increasingly popular around this time of year. Our concern is that, once launched, they are capable of travelling for miles at the mercy of the wind and it is impossible to predict where they will land.

“We are encouraging our members not to allow them to be used on their land or at their events and venues - and we are also asking the public to think again about the risks of using them.”

The CLA says that expired lanterns landing in fields pose a risk of serious injury and even death to livestock and wildlife which have been known to ingest the abandoned frames, whether wire or bamboo, and suffer painful - and sometimes fatal - injuries as a result.

“But the biggest risk is posed by fire. There is also no guarantee the flame will have extinguished before it lands, potentially triggering a blaze that could destroys crops, forestry and buildings. Until these lanterns are finally banned, we will continue to discourage their use,” said Mr Mortimer.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Bovine TB: Culling Trials have been democratically tested and must be allowed to proceed uninterrupted.
South West Landowners have thrown their weight behind farming minister David Heath’s calls for the badger cull pilot schemes to be allowed to go ahead without interruption from individuals or groups who disagree with the policy.
Trials are authorised to start tomorrow (1 June) to test whether shooting offers a humane and efficient option for culling infected badgers and CLA South West Director, John Mortimer, says it is essential that the pilot schemes are allowed to go ahead without disruption in order to get a clear answer to that question.
“These proposals have survived the democratic process, having been debated in Parliament and tested in the courts. The Minister spoke to us at length at this week’s Royal Bath and West Show and he has our unqualified support in calling on people not to attempt to disrupt the trials.
“For too long the debate has been clouded by politics rather than public interest and livestock farmers have been left fighting a disease with both hands tied behind their backs watching some 30,000 cattle - including pregnant heifers and calves - sent for slaughter every year. Now, for the first time in three decades, we have a Government which is prepared to put its head above the parapet and instigate an ongoing programme of control and containment,” he said.
 “Bovine TB is as debilitating a disease for wildlife as it is for cattle and yet the action to combat it has never been equivalent to the scale of the problem. The cost to the public purse will top a billion pounds over ten years but the cost in human terms, the misery and suffering caused to farming families, is immeasurable.”
Mr Mortimer said that on an issue as contentious as Bovine TB control it was inevitable that opinions will be divided - but the fact remained that badgers represent a significant reservoir of Mycobacterium Bovis, the bacterium which causes bovine TB and, where there were infected badgers, there was a TB risk to cattle, camelids and goats.
“In other parts of the world it has been accepted that without controlling the disease in wildlife there is little or no chance of bringing it back under control in farm and domestic animals.
“Everybody accepts that culling is only one part of a variety of measures that will have to be employed to beat this disease and that bio-security, cattle movement controls and, eventually, vaccine will all have a part to play. But there is currently no deployable vaccine which can cure an infected badger and there are no vaccines licensed for use in cattle either to prevent or control bovine TB.”
The Government and the industry had trod a rocky road to get to a point where licences have been issued to hold trial culls.
That has required political bravery and determination and it is now incumbent upon the rest of the population to allow these trials to be conducted in a proper manner because we should be under no illusion, without this action being taken as a matter of urgency we may never catch up with this disease and could find ourselves instead in a situation where livestock farming is unsustainable in our part of the world.”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fight against rural crime is a two way street

Rural crime costs private landowners, rural businesses and individual householders millions of pounds a year and poses a real threat to the stability of the rural economy – but the fight against rural crime is a two-way street which requires action from the rural population as well as the police.
That’s the message the South West director of the Country Land and Business Association, John Mortimer, delivered to Avon and Somerset Chief Constable, Nick Gargen and the Police and Crime Commissioner,Sue Mountstevens, at the Royal Bath and West Show today (Thursday 30 May).
“Beating rural crime will involve farmers and landowners taking some ownership of the problem, ensuring that they have taken every possible precaution to make the criminals’ lives difficult – marking their property, fitting trackers and taking specialist security advice. But it also means the police responding in an appropriate and speedy manner. It means police improving their understanding of the impact of rural crimes and communicating much better with the victims of crime,” he said.
Top of the rural crime list – which is estimated to cost farmers and landowners more than £50 million a year – is the theft of machinery, such as quad bikes and other transportable equipment. Mr Mortimer says that owners can have a real impact on this by reviewing their security arrangements, fitting better locks and ensuring that their machines have trackers fitted. Sheep and cattle rustling, fly tipping, hare coursing and poaching and metal theft all feature on the rural crime hit list and Mr Mortimer says that the CLA in the South West is working closely with all police forces to improve best practice on both sides of the street.
“We recently held a series of very successful Rural Crime conferences in conjunction with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and one of the key points to come out of that was the need for better communication from both sides. It is essential that farmers, landowners and people in rural communities report all crimes and suspicious activity and, as the Chief Constable told us, the most difficult crime to solve is the one that hasn’t been reported. Politicians and the police cannot get a clear picture of the reality of rural crime if people do not report it.
“Although crime in general is falling, rural crime is on the increase – even though we know that it is being under-reported. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy but if we want to get rid of the scourge of rural crime then we have to meet it head on and have confidence in the police to deal with it.”
Mr Mortimer told the Chief Constable that the CLA welcomed the move to organise closer co-operation between the region’s forces at a strategic level in regard to such things as armed response units, but stressed that it was also important the police forces cooperated with each in order to bring criminals operating in our rural communities to justice.

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year Focus on Combating Rural Crime

Landowners, farmers and businesses across Devon and Cornwall will be joining forces with the police early in the New Year to host two major events aimed at combating rural crime.

The events, titled ‘Preventing Crime in Rural Communities' take place in February and bring together representatives of the Country Land and Business Association, the National Farmers’ Union and the Devon and Cornwall Police along with experts from private security firms, the insurance industry and specialist equipment suppliers who will all be looking at the ways and means of preventing crime in rural communities.

Rural crime costs millions of pounds a year; it impacts on police resources and on insurance premiums – which makes reducing rural crime a key policy area for both police and representative organisations.

The events, which are sponsored by regional law firm, Foot Anstey and the NFU Mutual Insurance Society, will take place at Westpoint, Exeter on 1 February and at the Pavilion at the Royal Cornwall Show ground, Wadebridge, on 15 February. Both events are free of charge and offer a one-stop- shop style advisory service as well as an exhibition and trade stands, all focused on crime prevention. Seminars will operate on a “drop in” basis with sessions throughout the day examining different aspects of the law and the whole range of rural crime from farm and estate security to wildlife and equestrian crime.

One focus of the day will be to look at whether individuals and businesses are doing all they can to reduce opportunities for criminals.

Bob Bunney, crime reduction advisor with Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “We are very keen to help people understand how to take control of the situation, to learn exactly how much they can do themselves to help reduce rural crime and then to offer clear information about how to act and who to contact.”

CLA South West Director, John Mortimer will introduce a keynote speech from Assistant Chief Constable, Paul Netherton - who will talk about the reality of rural policing and the options for the future – and from NFU Vice President, Adam Quinney. A representative of the NFU Mutual Insurance Society will speak about the impact of rural crime on the insurance industry.

Mr Mortimer said: “We welcome this opportunity of working with the NFU and Devon and Cornwall police to highlight the growing menace of rural crime – and to explore ways of combating it.

“What is frequently not understood is that the true cost of farm theft and other rural crime is more than simply the value of the items taken. There is the cost of lost production time, of repairing the damage caused plus the risk of livestock straying due to gates being left open or fencing taken down.

“These events aim to improve awareness of the opportunities to reduce crime and to help the police engage with CLA and NFU members - and the wider rural
Community - in a drive to improve communications and deliver a service that meets expectations,” he said.

A full programme for each event can be downloaded from :

To reserve a place at either of the events, contact the CLA South West Office on 01249 700281 or online at