Agricultural & Rural


When it comes to rural matters if you are an owner, tenant or if you have any other involvement in the countryside it helps to have a genuine knowledge of the issues. Our Rural Services Team has been dealing with land owning and farming legal issues for many years, with most of our advisors actually heralding from farming families themselves.

We offer comprehensive legal advice on both non-contentious and contentious aspects of both private client and commercial matters relating to agricultural and rural business clients. We have the strength in depth to advise in relation to very complex farming business issues and the flexibility in being able to address the more obscure problems that rural practice can produce.

Our lawyers have been working on a daily basis in this sector for many years including work on freehold land sales and purchases, Landlord and Tenant (and in particular agricultural holdings and farm business tenancies), town and country planning, Inheritance Tax Planning , litigation with regard to trespass, rights of way and adverse possession and company & partnership work.

We are committed to providing you with a quality, partner lead service. 4 of our Partners grew up on farms and some of them continue to be actively involved in farming.  We work and live in the agricultural and rural business community and it is important to us to play a supportive role in the fabric of our communities.  As part of this we provide voluntary legal services to Shropshire Rural Support.

Always working in partnership with you we are thorough, focused and committed to exceeding client expectations.

Our Agricultural and Rural Services Solicitors specialise in:

  • Agricultural Land Tribunal
  • Agricultural Tenancies
  • Mediation
  • Contract Farming
  • Equine Law
  • Farm Sales and Purchases
  • Farming Contract Disputes
  • Fishing Rights
  • Holiday Lets
  • Mineral Rights
  • Notices to Quit
  • Prosecutions
  • Quota Issues
  • Single Farm Payments
  • Share Farming
  • Shooting Rights
  • Succession
  • Wind Farms
  • Telecom Towers

Associated work

  • Farm Payment Entitlements and Quotas
  • Partnership Agreements and Disputes
  • Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Dealings with Electricity, Water, Drainage, Gas, Highways and Utility Providers

The Agricultural and Rural Services Team is recommended in the 2015 Legal 500 Directory as a first tier team. Steven Corfield leads the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, which has expertise in acting for large landed estates, farmers and funding institutions.


FBC Manby Bowdler has been shortlisted in the Legal 500 United Kingdom Awards 2014 for the West Midlands in the Private Client category which covers, Agriculture and Estates. The awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding the best private practice teams, individuals and best-in-house teams over the past 12 months.








FBC Manby Bowdler’s Agricultural Team has been ranked in Band 1 of the Agricultural & Rural Affairs category of Chambers UK Directory 2016, for Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas. Steven Corfield and Sarah Baugh are particularly recognised. "They deliver on time and co-operate efficiently with the clients and the other advisers."


'The Agriculture and Rural team are known for a wide-ranging spread of advice to farmers, rural clients and landowners. Key expertise in agricultural tenancies, tax and succession issues and rural property transactions. Practitioners also represent clients in defending regulatory enforcement actions.

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Agriculture and Rural

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