Neil has significant experience in both commercial property and agriculture. He specialises in acting not only farmers but for retailers and owner occupiers of all types of business premises, including public houses and leisure property. Neil also deals with the acquisition and disposal of land for commercial development including options, promotion agreements, development agreements and overage arrangements. He is instructed by a number of charities to deal with their property requirements.
On the agricultural side, Neil’s expertise is in the acquisition and disposal of farms and farmland, including dealing with subsidies, quotas and grant schemes. He has an acknowledged expertise in property matters relevant to wind and solar farms and other types of renewable energy and energy storage.
“I enjoy new challenges and have developed a keen professional interest in energy, energy storage, and telecommunications.
Land Agents and farmers regularly refer work to me knowing that I handle this quite specialist area of practice.
The need to keep the lights on means that the energy sector is constantly evolving and renewable and alternative energy sources will continue to be a vital part of the energy mix in the future .”
- Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
- Agricultural Law Association (ALA)
Chambers UK 2017 - Agriculture & Estates
Well-respected regional practice which advises on a number of specialist agricultural areas of law. Able to provide expertise in partnership agreements, inheritance tax and succession planning issues, mine and mineral rights and renewable energy projects. Also noted for its work in rural telecoms and other diversification matters. "Within agriculture it is a widely recognised and well-known specialist practice - certainly in the North East."
Legal 500 2016 - Agriculture & Estates
Other key individuals include Neil Stevenson, who specialises in renewable energy projects, and consultant Tim Haggie, who advises on property transactions for high-net-worth individuals, and assists with mineral options and leases.
Legal 500 2016 - Commercial Property
Latimer Hinks Solicitors’ team is ‘very quick to respond and doesn’t baffle clients with legal jargon’,Nicola Neilson and Neil Stevenson ‘both have a wide range of knowledge and are quick to update clients’, Neil Stevenson leads the team and recently acted for a client in the purchase of a hotel and subsequent planning permission to convert into apartments.