Douglas is a Partner 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.
Historically farming families are notorious for failing to succession plan, and often the intention and the process by which ownership of the farm moves from generation to generation do not align. It is necessary to discuss, plan and implement whilst managing external forces such as divorce and taxation. A failure to plan can have a powerful detrimental influence on the development of a business and at worst leave the farm lacking a successor.
Property holders that hold land adjacent to watercourses, or who have access to water from rivers and streams, should protect their rights as these may be of value particularly as the climate continues to change whether or not fishing rights are involved.
The wild rabbit is a pest, according to government guidelines and estimates given by the National Farmers Union, there is an estimated one hundred million pounds worth of damage caused by wild rabbits in the countryside and because of this rabbits are given few protections at law.
It has been noted in recent correspondence and communications from the Country Landowners Association (CLA) that they are calling on the government to support rural communities and in particular farming families in re-organising the structure of the businesses.
QualitySolicitors Parkinson WrightOn behalf of Cattleya CIC, we would like to express our gratitude to Douglas for the support that you have provided to the company and students at King Charles 1 School. The legal advice given to the Directors has made a significant difference to the smooth running of the company. In addition, the support and guidance with the restructuring of the management team has been outstanding. Also, the opportunity for students to tender and attend cooperate events has been an exceptional exper .... read more
QualitySolicitors Parkinson WrightI just wanted to say thank you for ensuring all paperwork was completed and filed within timeframe, which has now led to us being granted planning permission for our new site. We’re delighted, and wished to pass on our appreciation of the role you played in making this happen, and for the negotiated rate..
QualitySolicitors Parkinson WrightThank you for your amazing professional support over the past months.
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