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Farms & Estates

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What is involved?

The focus of agricultural enterprises has changed over the years, particularly with diversification opportunities. It is more important than ever to ensure that you have the right advice. From the development of agricultural property and implementation of business structures, to environmental agreements and succession planning, Freeths have over 50 years of experience.

We offer a full spectrum of services tailored to our agricultural and rural clients. You can rely on us to help you with dispute resolution, estate management, land transactions, landlord and tenant issues, planning, construction and development. Our capable team can also advise you on financial matters such as the preservation of your rights under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and tax planning (including inheritance, APR, BPR, capital gains, VAT and stamp duty land tax), as well as wills and trusts.

Key contacts

Sarah Duffy

Sarah Duffy
Partner

0186 578 1147

Iain Davis
Partner

0186 578 1144

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our specialists regularly advise clients with interests in rural, agricultural and equine matters
  • Expect clear, practical advice from a friendly team of lawyers with a wide experience of rural issues
  • We act for some of the largest estates the UK – and many of us have farming or agricultural roots
  • Ranked in the top tier of both The Legal 500 and Chambers as nationally recognised as experts

Freeths are nationally recognised for advising agricultural and landed estate clients. We know just how challenging the landscape can be for you. Our team draws on the specialist talent and experience of lawyers from different legal disciplines to provide a complete legal service at highly competitive rates.

In particular, we have earned a reputation for understanding the complexities of estate management and agricultural property. You can trust us to come prepared with know-how unique to your industry. Whether you need assistance on how to deal with trespassers, or a family lawyer to protect farm assets before marriage, we use a wealth of combined experience to help find the best solution for your business.

Call us now to find out how we can help you.

top tier 2023 

Meet the team

Farms & Estates Lawyers


Clare Bellis

Clare Bellis
Partner

0186 578 1058

Iain Davis
Partner

0186 578 1144

Sarah Duffy

Sarah Duffy
Partner

0186 578 1147

Balvinder Jaj

Balvinder Jaj
Partner

0186 578 1063

Louise Lewis

Louise Lewis
Partner

0186 578 1105

Jane Maitland

Jane Maitland
Partner

0345 128 6963

Nigel Roots
Partner

0345 128 6962

Tom Walker

Tom Walker
Partner

0345 166 6337

Ben Derrington

Ben Derrington
Director

0345 030 5855

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Tom Gauterin
Director

0345 030 5861

Lisa Mark-Bell
Director

0186 578 1154

Masood Ahmed

Masood Ahmed
Managing Associate

0186 578 1205

Katherine Burge

Katherine Burge
Managing Associate

0186 578 1081

Laura Czapski

Laura Czapski
Managing Associate

0186 578 1168

Andrew Dashwood-Begg

Andrew Dashwood-Begg
Managing Associate

0186 578 1021

Gemma Nicholls-Webber

Gemma Nicholls-Webber
Managing Associate

0345 404 1714

Rosalyn Shephard

Rosalyn Shephard
Managing Associate

01865 781 023

Sam Baker

Sam Baker
Senior Associate

0186 578 1033

Thomas Byard

Thomas Byard
Senior Associate

0186 578 1135

Noah Bachoco
Associate

0186 578 1293

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Testimonials

"They were very good and clear at communicating with us. Always kind, courteous and understanding. Their use of technology is superb, never had a problem at all."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

“They have a good mix of litigation, land sales, and different levels of expertise.” “They have a good depth of experience and knowledge within the team to call upon as and when required.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

"Strength in depth in a wide variety of issues with partners and senior associates that communicate effectively."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Approachable yet high-quality delivery every time. Good industry knowledge and accessibility."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"They are good at discussing options and different approaches."

(Chambers & Partners, 2021)

"Very knowledgeable – they worked very well with us to provide the fullest advice on aspects of farming/estate structure/inheritance planning. Great to work with and couldn’t recommend highly enough."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Freeths has a strong team with great strength in depth. The communication from a client perspective is as good as I have ever known."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"The individuals I deal with stand out because of the quality of their work and their levels of responsiveness. I have worked with many firms but the level of attention is really excellent."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"They have an exceptional ability to deliver results in a sensible manner, without delay and bespoke - great team work."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

A source reports: "They have some very good people doing this work. They are good experts." A client says: "We are big fans of Freeths. I find them incredibly approachable and really knowledgeable. They have a real breadth of experience in the team and they are very client-friendly."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

Notable Work
  • Assisted with a complex residential purchase involving barns on a farm being converted into bespoke properties. Investigated title and undertook research to ensure historic rights of the land would not encumber our client.
  • Acting for farms, landowners and companies in a wide range of property transactions including dealing with freehold and leasehold interests, agricultural land and property, Basic Payment Scheme and the Agri-environmental schemes.
  • Acquisition of a farm including 200+ acres, listed farmhouse and buildings, riparian and railway frontages and entitlements. The case involved dealing with various title and agricultural issues and was settled at a value of over £3 million.
  • Sale of a farming estate to 13 separate buyers. The individual lots varied from bare agricultural land, in hand farming operations, estate cottages. Balvinder dealt with various issues including first registration of a number of lots, defects in title and planning issues.
  • Acting for a farmer on an AHA tenancy challenging a notice to quit (settled favourably at arbitration) where the client’s land was the centre of a proposed new housing development.
  • Trust reorganisation for a farming family working with accountant and corporate colleagues to restructure family company. This was to enable succession to family business and protection of interests in land for family members not involved in the business.
  • The acquisition of the Kiddington Estate for a sum in excess of £23 million. Including 1,500 acres of agricultural land, some 35 estate houses and cottages (including the majority of the village of Kiddington), commercial business premises totalling over 6,000 square feet, as well as an in hand farming enterprise, tenanted farm and woodland.
  • Administering high net worth estates, including those with agricultural and business property, and advising in relation to tax mitigation measures and reliefs available.
  • Acting for the funder of anaerobic digester plants involving lending of over £10 million to farm businesses. Freeths dealt with the drafting of transaction documents, reporting on title to agricultural farmland and advising on planning conditions.
  • A £12.6 million refinance of farm, dairy unit and farm cottages to include redemption of existing charges over 1,850 acres and four new charges over 650 acres.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Talk to us

Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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