A solicitor at Darlington-based law firm Latimer Hinks is celebrating after her appointment to the Council of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA).
Rosanne Tweddle, a senior solicitor at Latimer Hinks who specialises in agricultural law, was elected for a three-year tenure on the Council of the prestigious national organisation.
Rosanne secured one of three available positions on the Council, alongside industry specialists Julie Robinson, a Partner at Roythornes in Alconbury and Clive Beer, Head of Professional Services (Rural) at Savills in London. Five candidates nominated themselves for the role, which acknowledges experts in law and business of the countryside.
The ALA promotes understanding of the agriculture, food and environment sectors, and provides a forum for professionals to discuss relevant topics and share best practice. The ALA consults with many Government and national agricultural bodies, including Defra, the Tenant Farmers Association, the Country Land and Business Association, and Tenancy Reform Industry Group.
Rosanne said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been elected on to the ALA Council. With five nominees for only three positions there was intense competition, so it was incredibly humbling that members voted for me. I am thrilled to be able to bolster the Northern presence of the ALA at National level.
“With Brexit on the horizon, we are facing an interesting and challenging time in agriculture, and it will be incredibly rewarding to be involved with any changes to policy that are being made. Alex Carson-Taylor is our newly elected Chair with Nerris Llewellyn-Jones appointed as Vice Chair and, together with existing and new Council members, we have a Council brimming with energy and ready to face what is already looking to be a turbulent time in agriculture and farming.”
Mike Holland, Secretary and Adviser of the ALA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rosanne back on to the Council, as she previously served on the Council from 2010 to 2014. The Association has a diverse membership of legal, surveying, accountancy, farm business consultancy and banking professionals, all with a common focus on the rural and agricultural sectors. Our strength is the ability to bring together members from all professions under one umbrella, which is important particularly at a time where there is such significant change in agricultural policy and practice.
“As a UK wide Association, Rosanne’s presence in the North of England will strengthen our increasing activity in the region and will further enhance our work on regional specific matters of interest to members.”
Anne Elliott, CEO at Latimer Hinks Solicitors said: “I am incredibly proud that Rosanne has again been elected to the Council of such a prestigious organisation. Latimer Hinks has an extensive history supporting the agricultural community and employs a number of experts in the sector. It is an honour that one of our team is representing both the firm and the region on a national scale.”