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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Book could ‘prevent heartache and ultimately potentially save many euros’

The book, Farming and The Law, by specialist, Karen Walsh, offers “a one-stop” source of advice and information for farmers, their families, their managers – indeed, anyone working in the sector.

Farming and the Law is the culmination of years of research and study, combined with first-hand experience in dealing with complex issues and helping farming families with their concerns.

More than a quarter of a million people work in farming. Yet, though we often talk of small and medium-sized businesses and complete guides and publications for them, we somehow often overlook the central role of farming and farmers in the economy and life of the country.

Naturally, as such a significant component of Irish life, there are numerous occasions where farmers are faced with legal, financial, safety and employment obligations and regulation.

The book comprehensively covers all key legal issues for farmers.

In accessible and concise language, Karen draws on her farm upbringing as well as her experience as a solicitor specialising in farming matters to provide a comprehensive and practical guide.

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According to a spokesperson for Clarus Press, “the 14 chapters in Farming and The Law could well prevent heartache and ultimately potentially save many euros”.

Key issues that Karen addresses include –

  • Succession and transferring the family farm;
  • Access and rights of way;
  • Wills and power of attorney;
  • Employing staff on the farm;
  • Safety issues;
  • Leasing land.

Content includes:

  • Property law;
  • Defending your dwelling;
  • Occupier’s liability;
  • Transferring the family farm;
  • Wills, administering an estate and Enduring Powers of Attorney;
  • Leasing agricultural land;
  • Solar farms and wind farms;
  • animals;
  • The law on shrubs, trees, hedges and public roads;
  • Collaborative Farming;
  • Family law and the farm;
  • Planning law;
  • Employment law;
  • Farm safety.
About the author:

Karen Walsh is from a farming background in Grenagh, Co. Cork and was raised on a farm that has been in her family for generations.

Karen is a practicising solicitor and is the principal of Walsh & Partners.

She is a regular contributor in national newspapers on farming issues and appears on radio and television to discuss legal matters and how they come to bear on farmers, their families and the wider community.

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