Expansion as rural experts join forces

Left to right, back, Edward Boon  and Graeme Bruce , from YoungsRPS and, front, Gill Mitchell , from Lines Mitchell, and Charles Raine , from YoungsRPS.
Left to right, back, Edward Boon and Graeme Bruce , from YoungsRPS and, front, Gill Mitchell , from Lines Mitchell, and Charles Raine , from YoungsRPS.

Further expansion is on the cards for a rural property consultant after a new partnership deal.

YoungsRPS has announced a

formal business association with agricultural consultants, Lines Mitchell.

Headed by Gill Mitchell, Lines Mitchell is one of the only companies in the country specialising in the appeals procedure for farmers involved in disputes for all types of rural grant schemes and compliance legislation.

Graeme Bruce, director at YoungsRPS and head of the Alnwick office, said: “We have worked closely with Gill and her colleagues for many years and are delighted she has agreed to make the association formal.

“Lines Mitchell is well recognised as a specialist in their field of grants, appeals and legislation strategy, and Gill brings with her a wealth of knowledge which will complement the services we will both continue to provide to our existing clients.

“Farmers are constantly being faced with new and complex legislation as well as more and more red tape. Their biggest fear is falling foul of the rules and losing out on much-needed income. With this in mind we hope soon to be able to offer our merged list of clients a management protection service which would see us shoulder much of the responsibility for compliance, should they so wish.”

Gill said: “I have always had a good working relationship with YoungsRPS even before their recent merger and am delighted to be able to formalise this exclusive arrangement. With details of the new agri schemes now being rolled out under CAP reform we are busier than ever as farmers come to terms with the changes and how it will affect their individual businesses.”

This is the latest in a series of expansion plans since the merger of Youngs with RPS in 2012. Earlier this year the company strengthened its remit in north Northumberland and across the Border with the appointment of Tom Oates as partner and the company is currently looking to take on new trainees

on the rural land management side of the business in both the Sedgefield and Alnwick offices.