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Meet the Team

Partners 

Nerys Llewelyn Jones

Managing Partner, Head of Dispute, Resolution & Training Team (Pumsaint)  

NerysDr Nerys Llewelyn Jones established Agri Advisor in 2011 on her home farm in Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire. Nerys, the Managing Partner of Agri Advisor, is an experienced agricultural solicitor who also has first-hand knowledge of the farming industry being a dairy farmer’s daughter.

Nerys currently runs a sheep farm in Carmarthenshire in conjunction with her husband and her two young sons.

She has a PhD in the Common Agricultural Policy and its implementation and enforcement in the UK. She is a regular speaker on CAP matters in the UK and Europe. Nerys is an ADR Accredited Mediator and her agricultural background makes her the obvious choice as a mediator for any agricultural, rural property and commercial dispute.

 

Carys Wilson

Partner, Head of Property and Planning Team (Pumsaint)

Carys Wilson

Carys, a fluent welsh speaker, joined Agri Advisor in 2014. Carys spent the early years of her career at a law firm in Bristol before moving to Swansea. Carys lives on a dairy farm with her partner and young family; helping on the farm during her spare time.

Carys has significant experience in all aspects of agricultural, residential and commercial property and other commercial related matters. Carys can advise on matters such as property acquisitions and sales, property investment, farm business tenancy agreements, grazing licences, commercial leases, share farming agreements, contract farming agreements, renewable energy, shareholder and partnership agreements and commercial agreements.

Carys is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and has recently passed an examination to become a fellow of the Association.

 

Rhodri Jones 

Partner (Welshpool)

Rhodri JonesRhodri, a fluent Welsh speaker, joined Agri Advisor in 2012 and is based in the Welshpool office.He became a partner in 2016. Originally from Pontyberem, Rhodri completed his law degree and LPC at Swansea University and then went on to work for legal firms in Cardiff.

As well as possessing intense knowledge of agricultural matters he also has experience in dealing with disputes about land, property and commercial disputes, including contracts and partnerships. Rhodri resides on the family beef and sheep farm in Montgomeryshire with his wife, Siwan. Rhodri is a member of the Agricultural Law Association. Rhodri returned in June 2017 from a year’s sabbatical leave which has helped to expand his agricultural knowledge. 

 

Lydia James

Partner, Head of the Private Client Team (Pumsaint)

Lydia JamesLydia joined Agri Advisor in September 2013 and became a partner in 2016. Prior to her appointment, she worked as a private client lawyer in solicitors firms in Carmarthen, Red Kite Law and Andrew Markham & Co. Prior to that, Lydia worked with a solicitors firm in Lampeter and that is where she completed her training.

Lydia has been working in the legal profession for over 25 years and has extensive knowledge and experience which she is able to share with others. She has experience in all matters of private client and property and is currently head of the Private Client Team within Agri Advisor. Lydia is particularly proud of her most recent achievement of being awarded the qualification of ‘Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association’.

Lydia lives with her two children in the Lampeter area.

 

Dispute, Resolution and Training Team

 

Bryn Thomas

Associate Solicitor (Groesfaen) 

Bryn ThomasBryn joined Agri Advisor in December 2016. He graduated with a law degree in 1998 and after completing the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) was called to the Bar in 1999. He qualified as a solicitor in 2003. Bryn worked in private practice in Cardiff and then as a police lawyer for Dyfed Powys, Gwent, South Wales and West Midlands Police, where he was Head of Civil Litigation.

Bryn has experience of proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has also appeared in the Magistrates Court and dealt with appeals in the Crown Court relating to the revocation, refusal and renewal of firearms and shotgun certificates.

Bryn has grown up within an agricultural environment. The family farm is based in Brecon and home to a herd of 300 pedigree Welsh Black cows. Bryn lives in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan.

 

Erica Williams

Solicitor (Groesfaen) 

Erica Williams Erica joined Agri Advisor in 2014 as a paralegal and went on to complete her training with the firm. Erica qualified as a solicitor in September 2016 and now advises clients on a breadth of litigation matters. Prior to joining Agri Advisor, she was awarded an LLM Masters in Legal Research Training by Aberystwyth University which enabled her to develop a wide corpus of research techniques.

Erica has developed an extensive portfolio in civil and commercial litigation, including property disputes, contentious probate disputes, proprietary estoppel claims, debt recovery, commercial contract disputes and disputes in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy.

Erica has also reviewed and advised upon legal agreements in accordance with clients’ commercial requirements including purchase supplier contracts, Partnership Agreements and Tenancy Agreements. 

 

Manon Tomos

Solicitor (Pumsaint)

Manon Tomos

Manon joined Agri Advisor on a full-time basis in May 2013 having previously worked part time since November 2012. Manon studied Psychology at Aberystwyth University but since joining Agri Advisor she has returned to her studies to pursue a career in law.

Manon is a fluent Welsh speaker, having been born and bred on a typical Welsh hill farm in Cil-y-cwm, Carmarthenshire. She now lives in Capel Iwan and can therefore service clients throughout south west Wales. 

During her time at Agri Advisor, Manon has obtained experience in a variety of areas of law and is an able agricultural lawyer with particular experience in Succession and Estate Planning, Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and Farm Business tenancies. Manon became a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association in 2017 which emphasises that she is even before final qualification an expert in her field.

 

Dr Hazel Nash

Consultant (Welshpool)

Hazel NashHazel joined Agri Advisor in January 2015. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Planning Policy Division of the Welsh Government contributing to the revision of a number of planning documents including the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 and Technical Advice Note 21: waste.

As a professional planner, Hazel has also worked in local government as a Planning Officer responsible for a case load of varied development management applications. Hazel has a doctorate in planning and environmental law awarded by the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

Hazel is responsible for the management, delivery and expansion of our teaching and training provision to various contractors. She keeps abreast of developing law and policy both domestically and at European and International level. Hazel is central to the work done at Agri Advisor in relation to Brexit.

 

Karen Anthony

Consultant (Welshpool)

Karen Anthony Karen joined Agri Advisor in 2016. Previously Karen worked within the civil service whilst studying for her Masters degree in York before completing her legal training through the University of Glamorgan. Having left public service, Karen was appointed Director of Policy for CLA Wales. She spent a successful four-year term at CLA Wales representing membership views on a wide range of agricultural and associated topics.

Karen was born into a farming family in west Wales. She met her future husband through the Young Farmers movement. Her marriage saw her taking on the role of the wife of a dairy farmer but subsequent changes in the family's farming policy saw them diversify into rearing pedigree native breed suckler cows and growing arable crops. The subsequent sale of the farm has prompted Karen and her family to leave day to day farming. Karen is a fluent Welsh Speaker.

 

Elin Owen

Trainee Solicitor (Pumsaint)

Elin Owen

Elin joined Agri Advisor in August 2016 as a trainee solicitor. Elin studied Law and Welsh at Aberystwyth University before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Chester, in June 2016.

Elin is currently working within the Property and Planning team and she is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

A farmer's daughter from Llanrwst, Elin continues to increase her agricultural knowledge having moved to her partner’s farm in Pontarddulais. Elin spends her spare time helping her partner on his dairy and sheep farm as well as being an active member of the local YFC.

 

Nicola Davies

Litigation Assistant (Welshpool)

Nicola DaviesNicola joined Agri Advisor in November 2015 as a Litigation Assistant. Nicola has experience in assisting with Rights of Way disputes, Proprietary Estoppel claims and contractual claims.

Before joining Agri Advisor, Nicola held the role of Divisional Police Licensing Officer for Dyfed-Powys Police. Working within the Licensing Act 2003, she represented the police and ensured the four licensing objectives were promoted within licensing premises in Powys. Prior to working for the Police, Nicola worked for a local authority licensing department and also for the regional offices of The National Trust West Midlands.

Nicola grew up on the family beef, arable and sheep farm in Shropshire and still takes a keen interest in her own Texel ewes that reside there.

 

Sharon Morgan

Paralegal (Pumsaint)

Sharon Morgan Sharon is originally from the Gwendraeth valley but has lived on a farm near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire with her husband Richard for over 20 years. Sharon has three children, Carys, Rhys and Llŷr, who live in Cardiff and Bristol after graduating from University.

Sharon has a degree in librarianship and education from Aberystwyth University. She has worked in customer care for a number of years. Sharon is a member of Agri Advisor’s Dispute, Resolution and Training team and her role includes administration work, customer care and keeping the Pumsaint office in order!

Sharon is a keen Swans fan and has been a season ticket holder since the 1980s. She also enjoys reading and gardening when she is not busy on the family farm.

 

Property and Planning Team

 

Ally Rideout

Paralegal (Pumsaint)

Ally RideoutAlly has been part of the Agri Advisor team since early 2013 having previously worked for Burdens, a civil engineering and utility supplier, for 12 years in stock control, IT and administration.

In her Agri Advisor role as Paralegal, Ally assists the partners and solicitors and is also the first port of call for the firm’s IT and technology matters. She is a very able assistant on property matters, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate and is currently undertaking training to further her career within the firm.

Ally is originally from Llandysul, Ceredigion and is a fluent Welsh speaker. She now resides near Llandeilo and has recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary to Kelly. They have two football mad sons and Ally spends most of her free time being their taxi for training and matches.

 

Kelly Thomas

Legal Secretary (Pumsaint)

Kelly ThomasKelly has been part of the Agri Advisor team since August 2013, as a legal secretary she is responsible for the smooth running of the busy office at Pumsaint whilst also providing support with the administration of our Welshpool and Cardiff offices.

Kelly provides administrative support to our busy partners, solicitors and consultants and during her time at Agri Advisor has completed her NVQ Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Business & Administration.

Kelly is originally from Tregaron and is married with three young children and she now lives in Farmers. Kelly is a fluent Welsh speaker and is one of the main contacts for Agri Advisor clients.

 

Private Client Team

 

Awel Mai

Solicitor (Welshpool)

Awel MaiAwel has been a solicitor with Agri Advisor since 2016. She has experience in dealing with succession planning including Wills, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax. She also advises on the preparation and registration of lasting powers of attorney, the registration of existing enduring powers of attorney and the duties of attorneys including the removal of attorneys. The formation of lifetime trusts, their taxation and registration is also an area that Awel is pleased to assist her clients with.

Awel has extensive experience in administering taxable estates and the preparation of Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR) applications together with inheritance tax applications in complex and high-net worth estates. In addition, she has specialist knowledge in mental health and court of protection matters. Awel is a fluent Welsh speaker.

 

Eleanor Pinfold

Consultant (Surrey)

Eleanor PinfoldEleanor was articled in the City and was a partner in another London firm until she set up her own practice in 1990 which she ran until becoming a consultant with Agri Advisor in 2016. She is based in her home in Surrey – but attends Agri Advisor’s offices regularly.

For many years she specialised in agricultural matters, in the main on the landlords’ side. She has acted for pension funds taking over farms and estates as well as acting for owners of landed estates and some tenants in dealing with their tenancy problems. In connection with landed estates her main expertise is trust law.

A member of the Agricultural Law Association and also its Education Officer, Eleanor has put together the ALA’s teaching programme and has taught, lectured and written many articles.

 

Yvonne Rudd

Legal Assistant (Welshpool)

Yvonne RuddYvonne joined Agri Advisor in December 2014 as a Legal Assistant. Previously, Yvonne worked in both the food processing and manufacturing sectors for several years. Her nine-year role within the food processing industry was a group procurement role where she provided a combination of PA/logistical/financial/marketing/project support to the Dunbia Group Lamb Procurement Manager and the sites in mainland UK and Ireland.

During her 16 years within the manufacturing sector Yvonne worked for Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons, who serviced clientele worldwide from mainland Europe to USA and the African continents. She joined the company after gaining her degree in French and English and a subsequent PA qualification.

At Agri Advisor, Yvonne is responsible for running the Welshpool office and providing general support to the members of the team. Her secondary role is a marketing role - promoting the firm and its brand.

 

Across Business Support

 

Kay Lewis

HR and Development Manager (Pumsaint)

Kay LewisKay, a farmer’s daughter, joined Agri Advisor in June 2016. Prior to this she worked in HR in Dunbia, Llanybydder and Pembrokeshire Housing Association. In addition, to this Kay has also worked for Tesco and JJ Morris Estate Agents & Auctioneers, thus gaining experience in both large and small organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Kay is responsible for all staffing matters including recruitment and the development of personnel within the Agri Advisor Teams; ensuring staff are well equipped with the latest information to provide a consistently high level of service to all clients.

Kay’s main duties include employee relations and engagement, creation of HR policies, ensuring legal compliance and performance management, aiding in succession planning for a strong team for the future. With the team expanding in Agri Advisor, Kay has responsibility for maintaining HR systems maximising employee performance at all times.

 

Heidi Davies

Office Assistant (Pumsaint)

Kay LewisHeidi lives in Cwmann with her partner and their one son. She is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Heidi joined the Agri Advisor team in February 2016. Heidi’s responsibilities include all administrative duties and accurate record keeping including recording the documents kept onsite in our strong-room and storage area. Heidi assists with post in and post out and banking duties and is also responsible also for maintaining a clean and happy office for Agri Advisor’s growing team.

Heidi welcomes clients to the office and is always on hand and eager to assist. 

 

Lowri Jones

Receptionist/Secretary (Pumsaint)

Kay LewisLowri commenced her employment in February 2017 in the role of Receptionist/Secretary based at Llys y Llan, Pumsaint.  Lowri’s role includes all aspects of administration work and customer care.

Lowri lives in Cwmann with her family having attended Carreg Hirfaen Primary School and Bro Pedr Secondary School; where she successfully completed ‘A’ level in Business Studies.  Previous work experience includes Waitressing in Cwmanne Tavern, Customer Team Member at Co-op Lampeter and general office duties at Teify Forge.  Lowri will be embarking on an Apprenticeship Programme in forthcoming months.

Interests outside of work include socialising with friends, cooking and supporting Lampeter and Wales Rugby teams.

Lowri is a fluent Welsh speaker and is one of the main contacts for Agri Advisor clients.

 




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