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Agriculture and Estates

HCR’s experienced team of agriculture and estates lawyers are leaders in their field. The team brings together a wide range of agricultural law expertise from people who understand the needs of farmers and landowners. We help our clients preserve, capitalise on and enjoy their most important and valuable assets: their land and their business.

Our experience

Many farms and estates include land held in trust or in settlements, perhaps including heritage properties or assets. Whatever their size or location, strategic advice and preservation of assets, along with diversification of income are issues for rural landowners requiring a practical, informed approach. We have an excellent reputation for supporting landowners, farmers and rural business owners to own, run and pass down their assets.

Our rural clients have more than £700m worth of development land in, or under option promotion agreement or renewable development. We advise on Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief to maximise the benefits to you. We also advise on Lasting Powers of Attorney and the creation of wills within the context of your business. These provide a safety net if you become incapacitated.

Help with development and income diversification

The country has an increasing need for housing, places of employment and other commercial uses. For the owners of rural land, development is something that needs to be carefully considered but can present a substantial opportunity. Whether you are considering a promotion agreement, option agreement, hybrid or other development agreement, we can guide you through the process. We combine both an understanding of your business with deep experience in negotiating with promoters and developers. This means we can anticipate and overcome the issues you might face and produce the best result for you and your family.

Whether through development, land management or leisure use, income diversification is high on the agenda of all rural businesses and landowners. We will set up the arrangements ensuring you retain the necessary control however you choose to diversify – from shooting to glamping. Land management schemes, biodiversity areas, and carbon capture are not available to all, but opportunities exist if they can be tailored to fit with your future plans. We can advise on the correct way to approach each opportunity including development of all types, always liaising with your accountants and land agents.

How can we help you?

Hear what our clients say about our Agriculture and Estates Service

Legal 500 2024 - Agriculture and Estates

‘Very knowledgeable about the subject matter and local idiosyncrasies. Personable, with a great eye for detail. In o...

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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...

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‘I have nothing but praise’

Both a client and their Lender called on William Hart’s agricultural real estate expertise when he a...

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Dispute at livery yard leads to high praise from client

When clients of a livery yard refused to leave and became difficult to deal with, the owner...

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Supporting NFU members

We have been supporting members of the NFU, as a National Legal panel firm, for more than 10...

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Expert advice helps business to thrive

Clare Day, partner and Head of Real Estate Finance, recently helped a key player in the water...

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