Douglas Godwin

Partner, Head of Commercial & Agricultural Services

Douglas is a Partner and Head of Commercial and Agricultural Services at QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright.

He qualified as a Solicitor in 2002.

Prior to becoming a solicitor, Douglas was a tenant farmer in Worcestershire.  He has considerable experience working across a vast number of agricultural and commercial property related areas including sales and purchases, development agreements and landlord and tenant matters with significant expertise dealing with all planning, environmental and rural related matters. He has also dealt with the purchase of land for construction projects and barn conversions advising on planning, development and construction matters and eventual sale of completed developments.

Douglas also works on behalf of local charities, the parish councils and not for profit organisations.  He has in the past worked for both Hereford and Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance in land matters.  He has specialist knowledge in agricultural and environmental matters including rights of way, the use of common land, water rights such as borehole and river water extraction.  Douglas is also an elected member of the Malvern Hills District Council and remains a parish councillor for Rock in Worcestershire.


Additional Articles:

Redundant Farm Buildings - No longer a redundant asset


Douglas Godwin - Awards and accreditations

  • Agricultural Law Association

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    • Posted on January 17, 2020
      More people are opting to start their own business or to join the gig economy, and the past decade has seen a 74 per cent rise in the number of people working from home.
    • Posted on December 10, 2019
      Your premises are a key part of your business. You should take legal advice on any lease before you commit. Here are some areas we can advise you upon before you sign on the dotted line and commit yourself and your business to what could be a costly mistake.
    • Posted on December 6, 2019
      Communications network providers need rights to put their equipment on private land and the advent of 5G makes this need more pressing. A new Electronic Communications Code came into force at the end of 2017, and this has shifted the balance in favour of communications operators.
    • Posted on November 8, 2019
      Public houses are closing all too often nowadays and while this is a sad sight, it means there may be opportunities to find a new use for one as a commercial development project. If an empty pub is well-located, it could make an ideal setting for a new business, such as a care home, convenience store, or flexible workspace
    • Posted on October 21, 2019
      If your business no longer needs all the land that it owns, then selling part of your property for development can be a good way to release capital to invest in other aspects of the business. However, you must think ahead about how a development or another business next door will affect the land you still own and your business activities.
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