Lawyer Paul appointed to county show board

Paul Dunlop, Managing Partner at award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Dorchester Agricultural Society, the long-established body which runs Dorset County Show
Paul Dunlop, Managing Partner at award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Dorchester Agricultural Society, the long-established body which runs Dorset County Show

An influential Dorset lawyer has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Dorchester Agricultural Society, the long-established body which runs Dorset County Show.

Paul Dunlop, Managing Partner at award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP, was voted on to the nine-strong board at the same time as Ben Best, of C&O Tractors.

The Trustees, led by Dorset head teacher and farmer Nicola Ralph, guide and steer the Agricultural Society to achieve its main objective – the promotion of excellence in agriculture.

The Board was also established for the promotion and education of agriculture and support of charitable institutions or charitable purposes.  

Paul said: “I am delighted to have been voted on to the board. I look forward to working with the show team and the other board members.

“At Blanchards Bailey we are passionate about providing legal advice to the agricultural sector, with many of our staff farming or being involved with farming.

“I hope my sector-specific skills and knowledge will enhance the management of the society.

Paul heads the Agriculture & Estates Sector at expanding Blanchards Bailey’s head office in Blandford and advises farmers and landowners on all areas of the law.

The firm has supported the Dorset County Show for many years, sponsoring livestock classes and the stockman’s supper as well as having a stand alongside the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Paul added: “We are looking forward to having our own stand at the show when it next runs. This iconic event will take place once more, once Covid-19 restrictions are eased and it is safe to do so.”

Dorchester Agricultural Society (DAS) was established in 1840, standing as Dorchester’s second oldest business.

DAS run and organise the Dorset County Show, one of Dorset’s largest outdoor events, attracting about 60,000 visitors annually.

If it is possible for the 2021 show to proceed, then it will take place on September 4 and 5.  

Ben Best covers south Dorset as Area Sales Manager for Blandford-based C&O Tractors, the dealership which sells Massey Ferguson tractors as well as a wide range of industry-leading farm implements and machinery.

Eighty-strong Blanchards Bailey is a Legal 500 firm – making it one of the top firms in the South West – also has offices in Poundbury, Shaftesbury and Weymouth.

The firm received extensive recognition in the UK's leading law sector directory, the Legal 500. The annual publication, The Legal 500 2020/21, mentions the firm in six categories with seven individual lawyers recommended.

Blanchards Bailey also won a hat-trick of titles at the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards: Law Firm of the Year (up to 99 employees), Company Commercial Team of the Year and Private Client Team of the Year.

 

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