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Landed estates and rural

We are trusted advisors to a number of family and charitable estates, with relationships spanning decades; handling all of their property transactions, registration of estates with the Land Registry, wills and inheritance planning, and increasingly commercial work as estates seek new ways to diversify their estates beyond just farming.

What we do...

  • Providing a full range of services to agricultural, rural and estate clients – property, tax, charities, private client, litigation and commercial services. The significant increase in land values combined with the increasing diversification of enterprises carried on by many estates, has put the spotlight on ensuring they maximise eligibility for business property and agricultural property reliefs for inheritance tax purposes.  We have initiated reviews of agricultural estates to optimise tax efficiency.  Working with other professionals and colleagues, this has involved wide ranging advice on all implications including all the taxes, commercial, employment and property.
  • Involvement in high value land transactions – over £20 million worth of agricultural and rural land sale and purchase transactions in the last 12 months.
  • Excellent understanding of trusts, companies and partnerships.

  • Large and complex estates - our team, including two accountants, is well placed to handle the complex administration of large estates, with business and tax implications.
  • Member of the Country Landowners Association and Agricultural Law Association - attending meetings and being involved in discussions on issues relevant to our clients.
  • A holistic approach to clients to ensure we understand our clients’ wider objectives - underpinning our ongoing advice on tax structures, acting on development and refinancing projects and commercial arrangements in order to improve income for the estate.
  • A team of 14 lawyers - working together across our property, private client, commercial, and property litigation teams, specialising in landed estates and rural work

Related resources

Legal updates

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v Ashloch Ltd and another [2019] UKUT 338 (LC)

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) could not impose rights under the Electronic Communications Code 2017 where the operator’s expired lease was protected by Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.


Legal updates

Stanning v Baldwin and another [2019] EWHC 1350 (Ch)

Issues about prescriptive rights of way and drainage arose on the redevelopment of dominant land.


Legal updates

Windsor-Clive, Earl of Plymouth and others v Rees and another [2019] EWHC 1008 (Ch)

A widely drafted landlord’s reservation of a right of entry was given a narrow interpretation by the court.


Legal updates

Property quarterly update – April to June 2019

The latest property quarterly update aimed at in house lawyers (and other professionals) practising in the property / real estate sector.


What the directories say...

Recent experience