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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

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.

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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.

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Legal updates

Legally binding target for net-zero emissions by 2050

Last month the government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change published a report urging the government to commit to cutting greenhouse gases by 100% by 2050 when compared to 1990 emissions (known as net-zero).

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Legal updates

Joint committee publishes its report on the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill

Recently the House of Lords and House of Commons Joint Committee on the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Bill) published its report on the draft Bill following pre-legislative scrutiny.

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