Rural specialist joins law firm


With strong connections to the south west’s farming community, Tom Biddick has just been announced as the latest partner to join Stephens Scown’s specialist agricultural and rural affairs team.

An experienced solicitor with expertise in private client matters, Biddick has strong links to the farming community across the south west and acts for a number of farmers in the region. Having lived in Exeter since 2001, Biddick also has deep roots in Cornwall, where he grew up, and regularly returns to visit his parents’ farm near Wadebridge.

He advises clients on all aspects of private client work including wills, powers of attorney and estate administration, with experience of acting for a number of wealthy families and individuals. He has a particular specialism in succession and inheritance tax planning for farmers and landed individuals, regularly dealing with agricultural property relief and business property relief queries.

Headed up by Phil Reed, Stephens Scown’s rural team work with many farmers, landowners and estate managers across the south west and further afield, helping to get new projects off the ground while protecting their assets.

Reed said: “Having legal advice from a law firm that genuinely understands the rural sector and the region – and who will proactively highlight new commercial opportunities – has arguably never been more important.

“We are delighted that Tom will be adding his expertise to our growing team in Exeter, as he brings with him a wealth of experience for our rural and landowner clients.”