Agricultural and Rural

The pace of change in the agricultural sector brings several complex challenges and pressures on your time. With so much to do, we know how important it is for you to find efficient and cost-effective legal solutions when required.

Getting to know you and your business, we work in partnership to provide a comprehensive service that deals with all your legal needs. Bringing together the specialist knowledge and considerable experience of our Commercial Property, Company Commercial, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Planning & Environment and Private Client teams, you will receive an advice package that addresses your circumstances in full, delivered collaboratively by our lawyers.

Whether you need to protect your assets and make succession planning arrangements or ensure that your business keeps pace with legislative and sector developments, we will consider the full picture to ensure that your long-term goals are achievable.

The dynamics of farming life are unique in the way they impact on the relationships within the families involved. There is a 24/7 element to it which means that the stresses and strains of combining business and family commitments can sometimes lead to the breakdown of a marriage. Therefore, the careful handling of divorce procedures involving farming families is paramount.

In ensuring that an amicable and sustainable outcome is reached, the guiding principles for any new arrangement must be to provide secure homes for the divorcing couple and their children whilst maintaining the farm as a fully functioning business entity. For this to happen, both the economic and emotional elements of the divorce should be taken into account together. We can help establish ownership rights involved and how the parties involved can be provided for.

When instructing us, you can be sure of our experienced and established reputation in assisting agricultural businesses. You will have access to our wealth of expertise in handling complex matters concerning property, tax, commercial services, trusts and wealth preservation. And if you are going through a dispute that involves your business or personal relationships, we will help with resolving that too.

Many agricultural businesses have complex ownership structures. We will ensure that the competing interests of the family members involved are understood and respected when dealing with a divorce or separation.

These are just some of the issues that we can deal with:

  • Trusts and Inheritance tax
  • Succession planning, including Wills and LPAs
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Farming tenancies and leases
  • Sale and purchase of farms and land
  • Formation of companies and partnerships (including family businesses)
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Partnerships and company structures
  • Land tribunals
  • Employment issues
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Divorce, mediation and collaborative separation
  • Rights of Way
  • Boundary disputes

If your farming business is family-owned, we have a track record in supporting clients to take care of all the legal issues this structure entails.