Agriculture and Rural Affairs

We understand that the agricultural sector is unique, demanding a high level of expertise across a broad spectrum of legal disciplines. That’s why we have a specialist team of agricultural and rural solicitors – many from farming backgrounds and/or living in the rural business community – ready to provide practical and commercial advice within the context of the sector’s challenges and opportunities.

Services offered by our team

Equine Fisheries Regulatory Matters Rural Land

Mary Wathen, Partner, Head of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Team

Real Estate

Direct Dial: 01989 561 421
Mobile: 07759 444 199

Our Experience

Our dedicated team has close links with the agricultural and rural communities of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and the surrounding counties. With decades of sector-specific experience under our belts, we understand that a farmer’s business premises is usually also their family home, and colleagues are often family members. This can throw up a number of complex legal and personal challenges, and we always factor this into the advice we offer. We don’t shy away from high-profile issues, either, having represented large groups of farmers in landmark judicial reviews against government.

In particular, we can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Buying and selling property
  • Negotiating in or out of tenancies
  • Drafting and negotiating farm agreements and alternative business structures
  • Tax and Trust advice, including inheritance-tax planning
  • Resolving disputes relating to property, land, horses and watercourses
  • Understanding regulations and supporting clients through breaches

Our Clients

Our clients come to us from all corners of the industry, with key drivers ranging from reducing tax and protecting assets for the next generation, to realising assets to support business growth or diversification. With every new client, we adopt a tailored approach, taking the time to get to know you, your business and your objectives. What’s more, we work as a wider team and always consider whether you’d would benefit from advice from other areas of the firm.

We work with the following clients from within the agricultural sector:

  • Landed estates
  • Farmers
  • Landowners
  • Owners of agricultural businesses
  • Anyone who owns, occupies, uses or exercises rights over farms, land or property

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