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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

Taurusbuild Ltd and others v McQue and another [2019] UKUT 81 (LC)

The Upper Tribunal turns conventional wisdom on its head by ruling that an easement could be implied into a mortgage of part under the rule in Wheeldon v Burrows.

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Legal updates

Oakley and others v Harper McKay Developments Ltd [2018] EWHC 3405 (Ch)

Failing to assign the copyright in plans on or before completion could have meant that a seller’s notice to complete was invalid.

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Legal updates

O’Byrne Re Land at Tubney, Manor Farm [2018] UKUT 395 (LC) and Roberts v Parker and another [2019] EWCA Civ 121

A couple of cases on the interpretation of easements create no new law, but illustrate a couple of important points.

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Legal updates

Thorpe v Frank and another [2019] EWCA Civ 150

Repaving of land was sufficient evidence on its own to establish a claim for adverse possession of that land.

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