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Whether you are a farmer, a landowner, a tenant or an investor, the law can have a bearing on many aspects of your personal and professional life, including property, land, assets, employment, taxes, contracts and even family issues. 

Based in York and Lincoln, our services originate in the country’s agricultural heartland, giving us a strong understanding of many of the challenges faced by the industry. We apply this knowledge to the solutions we offer our agricultural clients nationwide.

We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we forge with our clients, taking time to understand their priorities, successes,  frustrations and aspirations, providing sound legal advice to protect their financial, business and personal interests, both now and for the future.

Buying and Selling Land

Selling or buying agricultural land can be complex. Dealing in detail with title issues, in particular covenants and third party rights, will be crucial, whether you are buying and selling land or securing funding over it. Our expert team understands the particular requirements of farmers and landowners, translating our legal expertise into practical, commercial advice, and will work to meeting your deadlines. Our fee-earners trained and accredited in The Conveyancing Quality Scheme offer an efficient and reliable service when buying or selling farm dwellings.

Agricultural Tenancies and Licences

Taking a tenancy or a licence of agricultural property or land generally should involve entering into a written agreement. Our team can advise on such agreements, new or already in place, from farm business tenancies to Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and from grazing licences to cropping licences.

Disputes

It is a fact of life that disputes occur over land, boundaries, trade contracts, access, employment and even between family members. We can help to resolve these disagreements, protecting the best interests of you and your business whilst looking at the bigger picture. We offer a mediation service which focusses on farming family disputes.

Easements and Wayleaves

From rights of access to agreements with third parties such as utility suppliers, we can help make sense of your rights and obligations and advise you in negotiating the rights you need or wish to reserve for yourself.

Promotion agreements and options for development

If you’re looking to work with a developer to promote, sell or build upon your land, there are a variety of options available. We can provide guidance on the best course of action to protect your interests and maximise potential opportunities.

Contracts

Whether it’s a contract between yourself and the people you employ or with suppliers, utility companies or distributors, it’s important that all parties understand their rights, obligations and responsibilities. We can help in all aspects, from drafting and negotiating to assisting with any disputes.

Partnerships

The complexities of agricultural partnerships mean that the consequences for the business and family can be far reaching if things go wrong. Seeking advice to ensure that you have a relevant and up to date partnership agreement can help avoid potential arguments and problems in the future.

Wills and Succession planning

Ensuring that management and ownership is transferred efficiently to the next generation is vital for the long term continuity of any agricultural business. Early succession planning is advised especially where families or estates and their interests are large or complex.

Inheritance Tax Advice

Proper structuring of your farm business can mitigate or completely remove the risk of the Inheritance Tax liability which could significantly diminish the amount left to be passed on. We can help reduce impact of Inheritance Tax with expert guidance and planning.

Renewables

Clean energy and the renewables industry is an ever changing market representing challenges as well as opportunities for businesses, landowners and investors. From existing and on-going projects to new technology such as battery storage, we can assist with the legalities.

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Minerals and Mines

We have extensive experience of options and leases of minerals rights, including sand, gravel, limestone or evaporites, acquired from acting for landowners and also a national mining operator. We can advise you on all aspects of agreements you propose to enter into or have already entered into.

What our Agricultural Law clients say

“Observers say: "Langleys are good communicators, act quickly when asked to deal with issues and give sound advice."”

Chambers and Partners, 2019

“They are very informative and helpful in grey areas of agriculture matters.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Prominent regional practice advising widely on agricultural property matters. Experienced advising on issues relating quarries and mineral extraction. Also active in renewable energy schemes including wind turbines, solar arrays and anaerobic digesters for both landowners and developers.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Langleys Solicitors LLP acted for York Potash on a proposed mineral transport system and establishing a new potash mine. Andrew Fearn leads the team, and David Wood, who specialises in succession and tax planning, is also recommended.”

Legal 500, 2015

Choosing Langleys Agricultural Law Solicitors gives you:

  • Access to a team of legal experts with a strong understanding of the agricultural industry
  • A personalised service, tailored to your specific business and personal needs
  • Excellent communication and efficient service, from start to finish

Agricultural Law accreditations

  • Agricultural Law Association
  • Law Society Conveyancing

How can we help?

Wherever you are, whatever your requirements, we’re here to help. Please complete the enquiry form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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