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  • Rural & Agriculture Law

    We recognise that rural and agricultural law requires specialist knowledge and expertise. We have specialists from all areas of the firm who can provide a comprehensive range of services specific to rural and agricultural law.

    Rural and Agricultural Property

    Whether you require advice relating to Farm Tenancies and Planning or a property within a Site of Special Scientific Interest, we can assist you. Our expert lawyers have a wealth of experience dealing with specific rural property law including:-

    • Purchase and sale of land, farms or sites of special scientific interest
    • Advice re listed buildings
    • Curtilage
    • Leases and farm business tenancies
    • Rural planning
    • Notice to quit
    • Wayleave agreements
    • Rural tourism – preservation of original features

    Employment Law

    Employment advice relating to topics that particularly affect agricultural employers include:-

    • The employment of seasonal workers
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Immigrant workers
    • Zero hours contracts
    • Health and safety
    • Minimum wage

    Family

    Farming and rural families experiencing relationship breakdowns often require specialist legal advisors who understand the implications for your farming business or family ‘birth-right’. Our family lawyers can provide advice to deal with a separation as well as proactive planning support including formal agreements such as pre-nuptial, cohabitation and borrowing agreements; often the emphasis is on the division of the farming assets.

    Trust & Probate

    Our specialists can help you plan to protect your property for future generations with inheritance tax mitigation in mind. They can also ensure you have the appropriate documentation in place to ensure your rural enterprise does not flounder in the small but, sadly, very real possibility that you may be rendered ‘incapable’ of making decisions*. Services include:-

    • Tax planning
    • Powers of attorney
    • Wills
    • Trusts
    • Liaison with our corporate department with regard to structure of farming businesses through partnership or company structures
    • Agricultural property relief advice
    • Business property relief advice

    *’Incapacity’ can result from physical or mental trauma or illness that results in loss of memory or brain function. If you run a business you should ensure suitable people are appointed to make decisions on your behalf.

    Need support?

    If you have an agricultural or rural matter that you would like support with please contact us.

    Chris Brown

    Partner

    Partner | Head of the Family Department

    Greg Baker

    Partner

    Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate Department

    Martin Banwell

    Partner

    Wills, Trusts and Probate

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