Our specialist Agriculture solicitors advise farmers, landowners, farming businesses and farm-related organisations on all types of legal issues, including:

  • The acquisition and disposal of agricultural and rural properties including farms, agricultural land, woodland, country houses and equestrian properties;
  • Agricultural tenancies/farm business tenancies;
  • Secured lending in relation to an agricultural property;
  • Option and promotion agreements relating to residential and industrial development;
  • Utility way leaves; and
  • Farm business structures including partnership and shareholder agreements for farming businesses.

Our recent Agriculture work includes:

  • Acting for a landowner in the negotiation and completion of two Option Agreements with a well-known regional developer worth over £10 million.
  • The sale of development land in Leicestershire for £8.2 million pursuant to a Promotion Agreement.
  • An associated acquisition and disposal of farms, where the acquired farm replaced a farm sold for residential development.
  • The sale of part of a farm in Derbyshire to a national developer with an option to purchase further land for £8.4 million.
  • The negotiation of a Promotion Agreement, again to a substantial developer, where the estimated value of the development land is £9 million.
  • The lease of part of a farm, dealing with detailed arrangements for shared facilities and various planning issues.
  • The surrender of an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy in Warwickshire, with a leaseback of residential and agricultural buildings.
  • Dealing with environmental and mineral rights issues on the disposal of land used for both quarrying and tipping.
  • Acting for a client claiming beneficial entitlement to a farm under the doctrine of promissory estoppel.
  • The restructuring of a substantial farming business, in conjunction with the implementation of a corporate group structure and associated corporate and personal tax advice and succession planning.

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