Peter Dodd of Temple Heelis’ Rural and Agricultural Department named as ‘credit to profession’

In the recently-published Chambers and Partners UK Legal Guide 2024, an independent guide to the UK’s legal profession, Temple Heelis’ Peter Dodd has been named as one of the North West’s top rural and agricultural lawyers, achieving the coveted Band 1 ranking across this region.

Peter, who heads the firm’s Rural Land and Property Department, is described as ‘a credit to the profession and a pleasure to deal with’.  Peter and his team act for clients on a wide range of rural land and property matters, including sales, purchases and gifts of land, agricultural tenancies, grazing licences and leases, dealing with private water supplies, septic tanks and sewage treatment plants, adverse possession, rights of access, rights to use services, deeds of covenant,  common land, boundary discrepancies and  unregistered land.

Peter is described in the Guide as being “thoughtful and kind”, a lawyer who “listens to issues with his excellent legal knowledge” and who “finds a suitable solution without too much fuss.”

Temple Heelis has the only Rural Land and Property team in South Lakeland to be ranked by Chambers and Partners. Peter is the only South Lakeland lawyer awarded a ‘Band 1’ ranking (the highest category).  Only eight such lawyers in the whole of the North West have been given this ranking.

Commenting on Peter’s achievement, Temple Heelis’ Managing Partner Jamie Hamilton says: “This is a real acknowledgement of the firm’s expertise in rural land and property issues and Peter’s leadership of this specialism.  Chambers and Partners apply a rigorous process to their research into each firm and team, which makes Peter’s ranking even more of an achievement.”

Jamie added: “Chambers assess our capability over many months, beginning with a review of our detailed written submissions summarising our work and team members, followed by in-depth team interviews, and culminating in confidential feedback from a cross-section of clients.”

Dedicated full time to rural land and property work, over the past year Peter has advised clients on large landed estate sales and purchases, lake encroachment issues, auction sales, transactions involving multiple private water and sewage systems, and re-wilding schemes.

Chambers and Partners have published guides to the legal profession since 1990 and have a team of over 200 full time researchers based in London. Their objective is to identify and rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms in each jurisdiction, based on in-depth, objective research.