Whether you are a landowner, a tenant, or just need advice on rural legal issues, we have years of first-hand experience of agricultural law and have a specialist legal team available.
Our agricultural team not only possess a wealth of relevant experience in regards to rural legal matters, they continue to keep themselves up-to-date with the evolving legislation and changes to agricultural & farming laws.
We advise on issues 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.
Our expert agricultural & rural advice covers:
- Land sales and acquisitions including farm and estate sales & purchases
- Succession planning
- Inheritance Tax Planning
- Finance including advice on legal charges and independent legal advice for lenders
- Agricultural tenancies including advice in relation to Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, farm business tenancies and agricultural work tenancies
- Partnerships including partnership agreements and restructuring
- Joint Ventures including grazing agreements, share farming and contract farming
- Diversification including business tenancies, renewables and mines & minerals
- The Common Agricultural Policy including advice in relation to Single Farm Payments (SFP) and environmental stewardship
- Equine matters including livery agreements and equestrian leases & licensing
- Sporting Rights including registration and shooting & fishing licences
- Farm and estate management including access, water, residential tenancies and service occupancies
Always working in partnership with you, we are thorough, focused and committed to exceeding client expectations. Over the years, our rural legal team has helped dozens of farmers, farm employees, and other members of the public, with relevant agricultural disputes & legal issues that require the services of a highly experienced agricultural law solicitor.
If you have an enquiry in relation to an agricultural issue or simply want to speak to a member of our expert Team for further information and guidance, please use the request a call back or make an enquiry option to get in touch.
Legal 500 2019: The Agricultural & Rural Services Team was recognised as a Top Tier team in the West Midlands.
FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is known for its ‘dedication to client satisfaction’, with expertise in succession planning, family law and dispute resolution.
Sarah Baugh co-heads the practice and focuses on property and business-based agricultural matters.
Fellow practice head Steven Corfield also specialises in agricultural law, with a notable skillset in restructurings, succession planning and contentious matters.
Tom Devey is ‘extremely prompt with any requests’ and possesses ‘a wealth of knowledge on a broad range of land and agricultural law’.
Other key figures include Suzanne Tucker, who is known for her ‘knowledge of planning law; town planning specialist Niall Blackie; probate claims expert Craig Ridge; and Brian Aikman, who works on agricultural litigation
Chambers UK 2018:The Agricultural & Rural Services Team has been ranked in Band 1 for 'Shrewsbury and the Surrounding' areas.
"The team are second to none in the county as agricultural lawyers. They handle everything that the client requires, with a strong skill set in litigation, and landlord and tenant issues,"
Steven Corfield advises on partnership agreements, sporting and mineral rights, renewable energy projects and freehold and leasehold issues. A client says:"I like the fact that he is very knowledgeable and can put that knowledge into practice as well as looking at practical ways to move forward. He is also very efficient."
Sarah Baugh, who has also been recognised as a "Ranked Lawyer", assists clients with agricultural property issues, including purchasing and selling of land, tenancies and subsidy advice. She also has expertise on matters related to agri-environmental schemes.
Tom Devey has been referenced as an "Up and Coming" solicitor. He acts for individuals and businesses on purchases and disposals of rural land and property, agricultural tenancies and partnership matters.