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Acting for landowners and farmers is about being at the heart of their business and family.  I enjoy working with clients and other advisers and being part of the client’s team.  I also enjoy working on diverse matters as my farming and charity clients tend to be innovative and always looking for the next opportunity.

Working in the agricultural and rural sector is about long-term relationships.  We are not there for a single transaction, we are there as a trusted partner when our clients need help.  I work with a range of private landowners, large estates, farmers and landowning charities and have developed an understanding of the issues that can affect these clients and the pressures on their businesses, projects and objectives.

My services include acting on the sales and purchase of land and farms, advising on inter-family land rearrangements, preparing leases and licences of land, advising on Agricultural Tenancies, acting on the grant of rights of way including to utilities and advising Stamp Duty Land Tax, including on partnerships.

Outside of work, I have a love of the countryside, the natural world and heritage.  I also have an interest in motorsport, cars, and the arts (theatre, art and literature).

Legal 500 - James Frankland

James Frankland has fast become the go-to person for complex agricultural matters in the region. He is an extremely savvy operator who understands the commercial nuances and is very highly regarded by clients and professionals alike.
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Understand what you are being asked to sign.

Don’t let tax always drive what you are doing, the taxman will always get you at some point.

Negotiation is about finding a compromise that both parties can live with, not about winning.

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Can I sign this?

Yes, if you understand what you are signing up to.

How can I claim ownership of this piece of land I’ve been using?

Please can you show me the land on a plan and help me understand what you’ve been using it for and how long.

My tenant is misbehaving, please can you help?

Tell me what is going on so I can work out what we need to do and whether we need to engage the help of our property litigation team.

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