The agriculture and rural business sector is highly specialised, bringing challenges that are often quite distinct from those faced in conventional businesses.
Of course, there are all the familiar commercial pressures of running a business – but with an extra dimension that comes from operating in a rural setting. This may include not only contending with nature, but grappling with increasingly complex regulations that range from environmental protection to government and EU directives.
All this can affect commercial farmers, traditional landed estates, high net worth individuals with rural holdings and family farms wanting to bring in the next generation, diversify, or both.
It also creates unique sensitivities for banks and LPA receivers dealing with clients in this sector who are facing the emotional stress of potentially losing their farm or other rural business.
On your side in the countryside
By drawing on the wide spectrum of expertise across our practice, we can advise you on anything related to the ownership, management and use of rural land holdings, including:
- Sales and purchases of agricultural land, estates, woodlands, country houses and equestrian property
- Arrangements for the promotion of land for development and its eventual disposal
- Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancies and disputes
- Farm business tenancies
- Sporting rights and agreements
- Farm business structures
- Partnerships, succession planning and family disputes
- Diversification and renewables
- Wayleaves and utilities
- Basic payment scheme
- Environmental and woodland schemes
We also advise banks and LPA receivers with agricultural and rural clients, using our expertise to deliver solutions based not only on legal principals, but also on our in-depth understanding of rural businesses.
Our highly knowledgeable team is dedicated to the rural sector and steeped in agricultural experience. We see things from your perspective and can offer new solutions to what are often old problems.
We are the NFU panel solicitors for Devon and Cornwall, which entitles NFU Farmer and Grower members to a discount on our fees. In addition, we are the only law firm in the county to combine expertise in the rural sector with advising LPA receivers.
What Others Say
"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