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As the manager or owner of a farm or estate, you may need diverse legal advice over time. Whether that involves guidance on letting properties or farmland, development projects, handling contract farming agreements or embarking on a renewables project, it is crucial to work with experienced lawyers who understand the practicalities of managing an estate or farming operation.

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Mark Charter

Mark Charter

Partner

Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks

Partner

Diverse, long-standing experience

Our commercially-minded lawyers advise farming and estates businesses across the country. Delivering guidance on everything from diversification projects – including sporting rights, renewable energy and equestrian activities – through to strategic legal management of your agricultural affairs, we provide a holistic service for landed estates.

Our team holds professional memberships of the NFU, CLA and BASC and includes a fellow of the Agriculture Law Association. With a long-standing, exclusive focus on farming and estates, we combine our sector knowledge with commercial expertise to benefit your business. Whether you need a strategic review of your estate’s legal needs, a tax assessment around specific transactional work or intellectual property guidance, we leverage expertise from across the firm to ensure all your legal needs are met.

Highlights

Our Agriculture Team has been involved in a number of high-profile matters. Highlights include:

  • advising a landowner on a complex AD plant project where the AD plant is being leased to a third party with service, feedstock and digestate agreements also put in place with the landowner
  • advising landowners on an option agreement with a developer, involving complex issues arising from tenancy on part of the farm, and one of the family members being a patient of the Court of Protection
  • acting for a bank on secured lending (over £10m) to an estate where complex due diligence – due to the nature of trusts, including Channel Islands trustees – was required
  • restructuring an estate for tax efficiency purposes in a case where the client didn’t want to use trusts

  • completing a land assembly of surrounding land for a landowner with a view to developing the whole site for employment use
  • possibly add in reference to Anita’s community wind farm farm project and or film location agreements
  • advising on and completing a music festival agreement for an estate thereby securing a significant long term  income source

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News 5 July 2017

News 29 June 2017

Law on the wrong side of the tracks

The Court of Appeal’s judgement in Keenan v Woking Borough Council[1] has provided a further reminder that failing to check whether works are within permitted development rights or need a planning application can be an expensive mistake.

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