North East rural property consultants forge closer links

YoungsRPS and Lines Mitchell have entered a formal business association to strengthen their mutual rural property offering

Edward Boon and Graeme Bruce of YoungsRPS Gill Mitchell of Lines Mitchell and Charles Raine of YoungsRPS
Edward Boon and Graeme Bruce of YoungsRPS Gill Mitchell of Lines Mitchell and Charles Raine of YoungsRPS

Further expansion beckons for rural property consultants YoungsRPS as they announce a formal business association with Newcastle-based agricultural consultants, Lines Mitchell.

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

Graeme Bruce, YoungsRPS director, said: “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 Mitchell added: “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.

“They have a lot of choices to make and we are here to assist as they work their way through the minefield of options.

“This association with YoungsRPS will also give my existing clients the opportunity to tap in to the greater breadth of services offered by them.”

This is the latest in a series of expansion plans deployed by the directors at YoungsRPS since the merger of Youngs with RPS in 2012. It comes in addition to in-house developments.

Earlier this year the company strengthened its remit in north Northumberland and across the border with the appointment of Tom Oates as partner.

Additionally, 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.

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