Booking details

With occasional exceptions, ALA events are open to all professionals with an interest in the subject. A restricted event will be indicated as such in the Calendar of Events. If you would like to attend any unrestricted ALA event, please e-mail us at or telephone 07885 643341. CPD hours are available at all ALA events unless stated.

ALA South Central – Farm Visit & Networking Event
Wednesday 20 October 2021

The ALA South Central Group are delighted to invite you to this farm visit and networking event.

Meon Springs is a diversified farming business in the Upper Meon Valley, in Hampshire. As well as milk cows and grow crops the business has a leading fly fishery, unique glamping accommodation and an extensive self storage facility. It also offers a range of teambuilding and corporate activities, woodland and bushcraft activities, art workshops, clay shooting and if you are developing properties in region, it can also currently offer nitrate mitigation.


9am – Arrival, bacon rolls and refreshments

9.30am – Presentation from Jamie Butler, Meon Springs

10am – Presentations from the legal, surveying, accountancy and banking regional group members

10.30am – ALA Update from Mike Holland, Secretary & Adviser

11am – Farm tour of the dairy enterprise

12noon – depart

The event is open to ALA Members only and is limited to 30 delegates.

Please CLICK HERE to book your attendance.

Initially, there will be a limit of two Members from any one individual firm. This will then be reviewed nearer to the event depending on the number of registered attendees. If further places can be made available, Members will be notified by email.

Time : 9am to 12noon

ALA Autumn Conference 2021
Tuesday 9 November 2021

The Association’s Autumn Conference will be held on Tuesday, 9 November 2021

We are delighted to invite you to our Autumn Conference which this year will be held in person at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel.

Chaired by ALA Chair, Alex Carson Taylor, the Conference will include a case law update from Christopher McNall (18 St John Street Chambers) together with a focus on biodiversity net gain and natural capital in the rural sector with Julie Robinson (Roythornes), Kate Russell (Tellus Natural Capital) and Christopher Sparrow (Recce Rural).

The Conference will cover farmers working cooperatively to maximise environmental and financial gains, how the value chain evolves over the next 24 months, key drafting challenges arising in short and long term contracts and collaborative agreements for the delivery of public goods.

The timetable will also include a general update from Mike Holland, Secretary & Adviser, ALA on matters of professional interest.

Registration will be from 9.30am and the Conference will commence at 10am and close at 4pm. CPD hours: 5 hours

The Conference will be open for ALA Members and Non-Members (with a discounted rate for ALA Members).  Students can attend free of charge.

Please CLICK HERE to book your place.

Time : 9.30am Registration; Conference 10am to 4pm

Joint ALA East of England/Cambs & Isle of Ely Agricultural Valuers Association Seminar
Thursday 18 November 2021

The ALA East of England Region will be holding a Joint Seminar with the Cambs and Isle of Ely Agricultural Valuers Association on 18 November 2021 at the Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge, CB25 9AF.

Our speakers are:

Julie Robinson, Partner, Roythornes

Previously chief legal adviser at the National Farmers’ Union, Julie now heads up Roythorne’s Agriculture team. Described by The Legal 500 as having “a high degree of competence and a forensic mind” and a “great technical knowledge of the Agricultural Holdings Act and other relevant legislation”, Julie’s work for clients covers agricultural landlord/tenant, succession, farming partnerships, share and contract farming agreements and other joint ventures, co-operative structures, crop supply contracts, water abstraction, sporting agreements, cropping arrangements and everything associated with changes in farm subsidies and environmental schemes.

Ben Skinner, Associate, Wilson Wraight

Ben provides farm business advice to clients across the South and East of England. His role is primarily split between consultancy work for in-hand farms and managing Contract Farming Agreements where the provision and monitoring of accurate management information helps to enable strong working relationships to develop between a Farmer and Contractor.


5pm Registration & Refreshments

5.30pm Ben Skinner – Farm Business Profitability: Approaches to offsetting the loss of direct payments

6.15pm Julie Robinson – Post-Brexit & BPS Farm Structures

7.00pm Q&A

7.15pm Bar/depart

ALA/CAAV Members and Non-Members are invited. Students can attend free of charge.

Please CLICK HERE to book your place.



ALA Somerset & Dorset – Autumn Seminar
Monday 22 November 2021

The ALA Somerset & Dorset Group will be hosting an Autumn Seminar on Monday, 22 November.

Full details will be posted here shortly.

ALA Council
Tuesday 7 December 2021

Falcon Chambers Webinar – Riparian & Mooring Rights
Thursday 9 December 2021

We are pleased to host Falcon Chambers with a webinar on Riparian & Mooring Rights.

Full details will be available shortly.

Time : 1pm to 2pm

ALA Starter for Ten – England & Wales 2022
Tuesday 22 February 2022 - Thursday 24 February 2022

Starter for Ten – England & Wales

ALA’s training course, Starter for Ten, gives a basic introduction for trainees and the newly qualified in those elements of the law which are relevant to rural business advice.

Land law and tenancies are covered as are the new agricultural policies and legislation as they apply to England and Wales.

Tax and trusts are dealt with insofar as they affect farming and rural businesses and the course also deals with relevant litigation aspects.

The 2022 Starter for Ten will be held at Warwick Conferences on 22 to 24 February 2022

Full details will be available in October.

If you have any queries or would like to express your interest in attending the 2022 course, please contact Mike Holland at