Our agriculture team provides a comprehensive range of legal services to farmers, landowners and others involved in agribusiness. Apart from day to day requirements (such as the acquisition, disposal and letting of property of all kinds - including agricultural land) the team recognises that farming is an industry. The firm’s farming clients require the same kind of legal advice as those operating in other industries but with due regard for legislation which is of particular relevance to farmers.
Our slides from the 2016 Oxford Farming Conference can be viewed here
We are frequently complimented on the speed of our response, particularly in the area of land transactions and on how accessible our partners are to clients. We believe this industry sector values the blend of tradition and forward thinking the team offers.
The team continues to guide transactional clients through the implications of CAP reform, both on freehold sales and on tenancy arrangements with acceptable levels of risk involved for the contracting parties. It has designed a variety of legal structures in each case to satisfy clients’ requirements and is heavily involved in subsidy/direct payment advice to farmers and landowners generally. In the recent past, that subsidy advice has concentrated on milk producers and the stability of their milk quota holdings due to recent changes in legislation and case law.
We can advise on many other related areas including public rights of way and access to land, mineral extraction, statutory regulation, planning and listed buildings, European subsidies, trusts, dispute resolution and business models.
For clients seeking a comprehensive service, allowing them to enjoy their asset while protected from unnecessary risk, we offer one of the best qualified and largest agricultural and equine teams in the UK market.
Examples of our experience include:
- farm acquisitions and disposals
- agricultural tenancies
- business structures
- succession issues
- Wills, trust planning, probate matters
- trust creation, management and dissolution
- tax advice
- diversification issues
- rights of way and access to land
- dispute resolution
- planning issues
- agri-environmental scheme issues.