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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.