We know one side of the fence from the other

Chambers 2018 Firm LogoUK leading firm 2017We understand that farming and rural business has its own set of unique commercial and legal issues, and that even the smallest decisions can have a wide impact on the communities involved. Our legal experts work within the agriculture sector, with farmers and their families, landed estates and rural businesses, to deliver specialist advice that is relevant to these communities.

Farming, agriculture and rural business is an important economic sector to the UK, and significantly so within the South West. Our experts in agricultural law have both regional and national experience, with a breadth and depth of knowledge of both high-value and complex farming and land matters. We work collaboratively within the firm and with our clients' other professional advisers to bring in expertise in all areas of agricultural law, ensuring the best legal and commercial solutions are achieved every time.

NFU Legal Panel logoFurthermore, we are the only law firm in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset recommended by both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and we are also on the NFU panel of solicitors for Devon and Cornwall, and NFU members are entitled to a discount on our fees.

What our clients say

Foot Anstey is ‘very good all round’, demonstrating ‘a thorough knowledge of the Agricultural Holdings Act in what is an extremely complex area of the law’. Legal 500 2019

A client says the team is strong in "diplomacy, keeping us informed throughout, clarity in objectives, being very realistic and always pleasant and understanding of our concerns." Chambers 2019

Sources say: "Foot Anstey has the size and depth that makes them stand out, and they've always been very easy to work with and very personable." Chambers 2019

Sources say that "they provide a very high level of client service, and they have specialists at a senior level whose skill set matches closely with the work they're doing. They're also very commercial and pragmatic." Chambers 2018

A commentator notes: "Every dealing I've had with Foot Anstey has been a pleasant experience and everybody I've dealt with there has been lovely." Chambers 2018

Recognised as ‘one of the main agricultural litigation firms in the South West.Legal 500 2017

"They give a very pragmatic view, are commercial in their advice and very geared towards helping the client achieve what they want. We get very high-quality advice." Chambers 2016

"The team has been really fantastic: very responsive, pragmatic and focused on solutions. It understands what we are trying to achieve and feels like part of our in-house team." Chambers 2015

"The firm is proactive at fostering relationships with clients and is always happy to help." Chambers 2015


Our team of experts advise across a wide range of issues including:

  • Sales and purchases of agricultural land including estates, woodlands, country houses and equestrian property
  • Auctions
  • Farm tenancies (AHA’s and FBTs)
  • Sporting rights and agreements
  • Farm business structures
  • Partnerships
  • Diversification
  • Renewables
  • Wealth protection, including divorce
  • Agricultural disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Wayleaves and utilities
  • Single Farm Payments
  • Environmental and woodland schemes
  • Wills and probate
  • Mortgages
  • Powers of Attorney and Deputyships
  • Regulatory issues and investigations
  • Trading standards
  • CAP Reform

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