Our specialist team of Commercial Property Solicitors have in-depth expertise in Agriculture and Estates and can tailor their advice to the needs of the rural community.

We have a strong tradition of working with both land-owning and farming families, as well as those involved in the equestrian world.

To speak with one of the team please call 0800 916 9083 or complete a web form online and we'll have one of our team call you back.

Why Slater and Gordon

We act for clients who buy and sell all types of agricultural land and property, ranging from a small paddock for horse owners buying equestrian land to a large estate or working farm for those buying and selling country properties.

We have expertise in dealing with a range of development transactions relevant to rural property such as negotiating option and promotion agreements and joint ventures and can advise on the negotiation of occupational agreements such as grazing licences.

Our Expertise

Agricultural Sales and Purchases

Whether you are looking to scale down your operation, expand or diversify, we can help you with the sale and purchase process and advise on all the issues involved, including single farm payments, milk quota or countryside stewardship agreements. We understand the commercial realities and issues faced by today’s landowners and farmers and the need for diversification. We will ensure that your best interests are served at all times.

Agricultural Mortgages

We have considerable experience in dealing with mortgages for agricultural property, and are on the panel of the main agricultural lenders.

Development

If you are selling land for development (including barn conversions) we will take you through the pros and cons. If there is no prospect of development now, we can advise on the most suitable method of securing the future development value of land by way of overage or clawback.

We will also advise on access, services and both public and private rights of way in addition to negotiation of rights relevant to rural land, such as water, drainage and other services.

Diversification

We can advise you if you wish to diversify from the agricultural industry into the leisure and tourist industry. We will outline the advantages and disadvantages of such a move so that you have a clear picture of what it will entail. Our team has a vast range of experience in handling the specialist requirements of mortgages secured on agricultural property, whether the property is already owned or being purchased.

We can also help you with a whole range of other issues you may face as an owner of rural property. Our experts can offer access to colleagues in other specialist teams should you need regulatory, employment, commercial, family or wealth management, dispute resolution, tax planning (including agricultural property relief) and trust advice.

Agriculture Business and Farm Business Tenancies

We act for both landlords and tenants in all aspects of agricultural tenancies, including advising on circumstances where a tenancy is to be transferred or has come to an end either by death or retirement.

Land and Minerals Registration

There is still a great deal of unregistered land in England and Wales, particularly in large estates. To protect your interests, especially if there are mineral deposits beneath the land, it’s important to register it with the Land Registry and we can take care of this for you.

Mineral rights can be complex, as they do not necessarily belong to the landowner. Where there are minerals under your land, or you own the mineral rights but not the land above them, we will clarify your position and what the law allows you to do.

Agricultural Disputes

Today’s complex environmental and agricultural regulations mean that it is all too easy to find yourself unwittingly breaking the law and being threatened with prosecution. We are highly successful at defending clients across a range of agricultural prosecutions, including:

  • Environmental prosecutions
  • Health and safety issues
  • Non-registration of livestock
  • Animal transport and welfare
  • Breach of animal movement regulations including cattle passports

With years of agricultural legal experience behind us, and a constantly updated knowledge of all the relevant laws, you can trust us to handle your agricultural dispute effectively and settle it by the best possible means.

Agriculture and Estates Tax Planning

We have been successfully guiding farming families and landed estates through the myriad of capital tax changes for generations.

Tax liabilities are no longer the preserve of the elite. An increasing number of families are finding that they are liable for tax when relatives die. The most important step is to plan ahead. Our specialists will advise you on any reliefs available and they will help you to plan for tax liabilities and provide workable solutions to protect your assets and hard earned money for future generations.

Our Recent Projects

  • Purchase of a 200 acre working farm;
  • Auction sale and purchase of land in Cheshire and North Wales;
  • Advising developers on the acquisition of agricultural land for development;
  • Negotiation a deed of easement with a local utility company about laying water pipes though a farm;

We understand what matters and pride ourselves on providing an outstanding quality of service and sound advice. You will benefit from years of expertise and an intimate knowledge of how the law applies to rural matters.

For expert legal advice on agriculture and estates call our Commercial Property Solicitors on Freephone 0800 916 9083 or contact us online.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Leeds, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston and Wrexham.