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Duncan Sigournay
Partner

2 Queen Square
Bath BA1 2HQ

Partner - Head of Agriculture

Duncan is a recognised specialist in the area of agricultural tenancies both in terms of modern farm business tenancies as well as protected tenancies. His work covers the full spectrum of tenancy work from the preparation of tenancy agreements through to interpreting existing arrangements and handling landlord and tenant disputes. He has acted in many arbitration cases for both landlords and tenants in connection with notices to quit, notices to remedy and rent reviews. He is also very knowledgeable on the subject of succession tenancies, and has considerable experience in pursuing and opposing such applications before the First-Tier Tribunal.

Duncan is also an experienced agricultural conveyancer and is a Recommended Professional for the Tenant Farmers Association.  Before joining Thrings he was Senior Legal Advisor at the CLA and was heavily involved in the Tenancy Reform Industry Group, which led to the introduction of numerous reforms to tenancy legislation.  He is a regular speaker in front of other rural professionals as well as being a regular contributor to the farming press on various issues. He currently sits on the CLA’s Wiltshire Committee. Duncan qualified as a Notary Public in 1997.

Key Experience

Duncan’s relevant experience includes:

  • acting to secure a succession to a client’s father’s agricultural tenancy following an exceptionally lengthy and difficult dispute with the landlord
  • acting for an agricultural tenant in opposing a developer landlord who served numerous unsuccessful notices to quit and tribunal applications over a five-year period
  • securing a succession tenancy for a tenant’s daughter following extensive and long running succession planning
  • acting on behalf of a number of landlords to secure the recovery of land based on non-agricultural planning permission through arbitration
  • advising various estates on a range of diversification projects such as music festival agreements, sporting leases as well as on solar and hydro energy projects

Accolades

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Duncan is personable, considerate and shows real humanity in his approach. He is also very wise and measured in his responses.

Chambers and Partners 2016

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