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Coming from a farming background, where my family run a considerable farm shop business, I have always taken an interest in the way that the commercial side of agriculture works. Now, as a lawyer, I specialise in agriculture and rural affairs including sales and purchases of agricultural land and farms, dealing with landed estates, renewable energy, and other rural property matters including utilities services and easements.

I enjoy getting to know and working with local farmers. The farming sector works long unsociable hours so I make sure I’m always on hand whenever convenient. I like nothing more than getting out on a farm for a meeting and seeing the business at work. My personal approach means I develop long-lasting relationships.

I’m connected with local lettings and estate agents, as well as accountants, so I can make introductions for my clients too.

Outside of work, I’m a keen supporter of Saints Rugby in Northampton. My golf handicap of seven is slowly improving, and I obviously enjoy being out in the countryside!

Legal 500 - Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith is fantastic. Whenever Rachel is involved in a transaction I know we are in safe hands. She is proactive with great communication skills. Never afraid to pick up the phone to discuss complicated matters, in such a simple way they even for uneducated people like myself to understand.
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Smooth sale of farmhouse and paddock thanks to Senior Associate’s knowhow

Agriculture and Estates Senior Associate Rachel Smith was contacted during the sale of a farmhouse and paddock land. Part of the land involved in the sale was unregistered, and the farm had been split up into a number of lots over the years. This meant there were complications with cross rights. Rachel spoke with the owners of the land, and ensured that the paddock was registered prior to completion of the sale. She also dealt with the final sale. Following the sale, her clients provided this testimonial: “From our first contact through to completion, the attention and communication was amazing. We feel very lucky to have been put in touch with you to represent us. As you know, we are now using HCR for the purchase of our next main home.”
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