Rebecca Langridge


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NAME Rebecca Langridge JOB Solicitor COMPANY Mills & Reeve LLP AGE 31 SALARY* £30,000 - 40,000 *industry average

What do you do?

I advise a variety of clients, including higher education institutions, companies and private individuals, on a wide range of agricultural property matters.  These include dealing with sales and purchases of land, commercial farms and equine properties, assisting with the management of large landed estates, making first registrations of land, advising on single farm payment entitlements, overage, farming partnership issues, and negotiating farm business tenancies and contract farming agreements.

How did you get there?

My first job out of university was in the events and exhibitions sector with the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE).  I then joined Haymarket Land Events (a joint venture with RASE) to manage logistical operations for the Cereals Event, as well as working on The Royal Show and Pig & Poultry, among other events.  This portfolio introduced me to agriculture as I had no prior experience or knowledge of the commercial side of the industry at all.

After a couple of years of coercing farmers into complying with health & safety regulations and using the designated traffic routes (with varying degrees of success) I then worked in account management, running events throughout Europe.  In 2007 I decided to re-train as a solicitor and went back to college to undertake the law conversion course.

What other career paths have you considered?

I wanted to be a corporate or commercial solicitor initially.  Then my training partner suggested that I worked in the firm’s agriculture department.  I quickly realised that agricultural law suited me and my interests.  On qualification as a solicitor in 2011 I joined the specialist agriculture sector at national law firm Mills & Reeve LLP’s Cambridge office.

What do you like most about your job and its challenges?

Property is a technical and challenging area of law anyway, but agriculture has its own unique set of laws and regulations which was one of the reasons I have chosen to specialise in this area.  Every transaction has its individual quirks; nothing is ever routine in agricultural property which keeps my day to day job full of variety. 

The other major reason for choosing agricultural law is that I am passionate about farming and food production in my own life, as well as at work.  This means I am genuinely interested and excited by what my clients are doing and I take great pride in being in a position to help them achieve their individual aims. 

In particular, I enjoy working as part of a small team of advisors to my estate clients, alongside accountants and land agents.  Property is tangible and it is satisfying to know that at the end of a transaction my client will have something which it can actually use to improve its future, whether that is a new asset or resources to invest elsewhere. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

To be an expert in my specialism and a trusted adviser to my clients.  Either that or running an arable farm (for which a significant lottery win is required!).

Any tips?

Be interested.  Farming is a traditionally a tough world to break into.  This is changing but if you can show that you are interested by asking questions of the experts, listening to what they do and how they do it, you will be more likely to be offered opportunities to expand your knowledge. 

Farming is a hugely challenging and dynamic industry with opportunities across the board, but you have to be prepared to work hard and immerse yourself in this world.


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