Farms & estates
As a farmer or landowner, you will need legal help at some time. You may want to buy or sell land, formalise a partnership agreement, plan for succession, negotiate a renewable energy development or consider a diversification opportunity.
We have represented farming families across generations, both landowners and tenants, agricultural businesses and landed estates. Having practised for more than 125 years, we understand and have experienced the dramatic changes that have affected rural affairs throughout that time.
Our strength lies in the multi-faceted and diverse skills of our team – comprising both members of our Private Client and Property Departments, and often working in conjunction with your other advisors including Land Agents and Accountants. Members of our team are recognised in specialist practice organisations such as the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
By using this combined approach, we can inevitably add value when advising, reviewing your affairs as a whole rather than as a single transaction and providing legal advice and services tailored to your unique circumstances. We believe that this is vital in this area, where changes such as diversification or the acquisition of land can, if not properly managed or planned for, have a significant and serious impact on your circumstances, including your tax position or likelihood of securing succession to a tenancy.
We take a flexible and practical approach, understanding that there is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We will review your options with you and together decide the right course of action for you, your business and your family.
We can assist you with a broad spectrum of matters, which include:
- Agricultural sales & purchases
- Agricultural tenancies
- Tax planning
- Succession planning
- Farming Partnership Agreements
- Land use diversification, planning & development
- Forestry & woodland