Overview

Maddie is an agricultural litigator and dispute resolution associate. With a specific focus on the farming sector and rural property disputes, including residential property and tied cottages, Maddie provides advice on contentious matters to a range of individuals and organisations. Clients include:

  • farmers
  • partnerships
  • trustees
  • executors
  • beneficiaries 
  • landed estates
  • and property owning individuals.

Typical issues Maddie has experience with include:

  • agricultural holdings and tenancies
  • complex residential disputes and advisory work in relation to residential tenancies and agricultural residential occupiers
  • equine impoundment and action relating to straying livestock
  • farming partnership disputes 
  • prescriptive easements 
  • contentious probate and trust related disputes.

In 2017, Maddie spoke at the ICAEW's 20th anniversary Farming and Rural Business Conference. She has had an article on agricultural occupancy disputes published in Farmers Guardian and has previously spoken at the annual CAAV/Burges Salmon Conference.

Maddie is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and Women in Property.

Experience
  • Working as part of a cross firm team to negotiate and facilitate a settlement and partnership dissolution and division of assets in relation to a family farming partnership dispute.
  • Assisting with the review of the residential occupation arrangements of a large number of employees of the Royal Horticultural Society, including those with historic rights and security of tenure and advising on the regularisation of the employees' occupation status, including communication input.
  • Acting for a County Council in relation to a review of its tenancy arrangements, identifying areas of risk, and strategies for managing or mitigating the risks identified.
  • Advising The Crown Estate in relation to the contractual protection of tenants' rights in the context of portfolio sale of properties occupied by Regulated, Assured and Protected Shorthold tenants, Protected Occupants and AAOs to a private sector landlord, including input on tenant communications and PR. 
  • Advising private sector and public body landlords on tenancy successions on death or retirement.
  • Acting for a will trust beneficiary in relation to a dispute with his trustees and the terms for transfer of agricultural real estate. This included advice in relation to applications for Beddoes relief.
  • Advice to the National Trust and private clients in relation to the enforcement of restrictive covenants and in relation to possession claims against a variety of tenants including Assured and Regulated Tenants.
  • Acting for landowner clients in cases in both the Agricultural Land Tribunal Wales and the Agricultural Land and Drainage - First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

What others say...

The 'enormously bright' associate Maddie Dunn is 'one to watch'
Legal 500 2018