Our team of specialist agricultural and estates lawyers is recognised as one of the largest in the eastern region and understands all types of agricultural holdings. We are particularly known for dealing with unusually complex legal matters and finding creative solutions to help you manage your agricultural estate or farming business.

We are recognised for the depth of our expertise and experience in:

Management of landed estates and large farms:

  • Specialist advice on agricultural holdings and protected tenancies
  • General estate matters: farmhouses and cottages, estate workers, tenants, renewable energy schemes, planning  fishing, sporting rights, easements, minerals and equestrian properties
  • Balancing the internal interests of large families
  • Partnership law, disputes and structuring
  • Relationship and family issues including divorce, separation, the dissolution of civil partnerships and matters relating to children

Tax-efficient structuring:

  • “Difficult concept” transactions: surrender and re-grant for IHT, partnership land capital accounts for CGT, strict settlements under the Settled Land Act, farming partnerships with company and trust partners and internal farm contracting arrangements
  • Complex IHT and CGT mitigation, planning for entrepreneurs’ relief
  • Creation of tax efficient partnerships and trusts
  • Partnership dissolution

Agricultural property

  • Farm and estate sales, purchases and mortgages, with tax and funding advice
  • Long-term funding transactions for farms and rural properties
  • Basic Payment Scheme and environmental schemes
  • General rural property transactions

Development land and tax

  • Sales, options and promotion agreements for landowners
  • Joint ventures and consortium development
  • Bringing major development sites to fruition

We are keen to understand your business so that we are completely in touch with your needs and aim to provide clarity on all aspects of rural land and family farming estates.

Whether you have a landed estate, a complex farm with multiple family interests, an agricultural business or a land development business, we will work alongside you, your family and your trustees to develop and protect your business for future generations.