West Midlands law firm mfg Solicitors has strengthened its widely-respected agricultural team with the appointment of a specialist lawyer.
Renewables expert Stewart Smith has joined mfg as an associate after almost a decade with Cheshire-based practice Walker Smith Way.
An experienced renewable energy specialist with a reputation for his advice on complex wind farm schemes, Mr Smith will work closely with partners Susan Morrissy and Iain Morrison across the firm’s Shropshire and Worcestershire offices.
Iain Morrison, partner and head of the agricultural and rural affairs division at mfg Solicitors, said: “Stewart is a first-class addition to the firm. He has the credentials and expertise we are looking for as we increase the depth of sustainable energy and environmental advice we provide.
“Over the past 12 months we have advised an increasing number of landowners on renewable and agri-environmental initiatives – not just in the West Midlands, but across the country.
“Stewart’s experience will add considerable strength to that growing client base as more landowners concentrate on the countless benefits environmental schemes can bring.”
Stewart Smith added: “To join what is widely thought of as one of the region’s leading and most admired agricultural teams is exciting.
“For many years mfg Solicitors has been admired throughout the industry for their rural and farming expertise. I am delighted to be part of that and to have the opportunity to bring my own experience to the firm and our clients.”
45 year-old Mr Smith, who lives in Oswestry, has built a growing client base in the West Midlands and into Cheshire and North Wales.
mfg Solicitors has 33 partners and employ nearly 130 people. They have eight offices across the West Midlands with main offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Telford and Bromsgrove.
Their rural team’s clients include local authorities, farmers, rural businesses and landed estates. They were one of many exhibitors at the recent Energy Now Expo held in Telford.