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Land, Estates & Rural Business

Succession of agricultural tenancies – how to…

Agricultural tenancies are very common, and often the tenancy enables the family to continue farming the land after the death or retirement of the tenant. Joseph Mitchell from Harrison Drury’s…

Accommodation for agricultural workers

It is not uncommon for farms to provide accommodation for its workers. Joseph Mitchell, an associate solicitor in Harrison Drury’s property litigation team, looks at some of the common pitfalls…

How to recover agricultural land from tenants…

Woodland is becoming ever more important with more landowners looking to implement woodland schemes. Focusing on the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, Joseph Mitchell, an associate solicitor in Harrison Drury’s property…

An introduction to the Environment Act 2021…

In November 2021, the Environment Act 2021 became law introducing a wave of measures set to impact land and property developers. Alex Walmsley, solicitor in Harrison Drury’s property litigation department,…

Joseph Mitchell

Associate Solicitor

Carbon management for rural business – What…

As part of Harrison Drury’s series of updates on new funding options available to rural businesses, we spoke with Simon Haley and Simon Travis of Carbon Metrics, a North West…

Landed Estates

Our Landed Estates specialist team is formed of experienced solicitors who deal with all aspects of property and ancillary trusts of Landed Estates, whether they are Settled Estates or other…

What happens to the family farm in…

Hannah Pike, a trainee solicitor in Harrison Drury’s divorce and family law team, considers some of the difficulties that can arise when dealing with a family farm upon divorce. A…

The impact of energy efficiency regulations on…

Many landowners have diversified into providing commercial premises by converting historic farms buildings. Given the age of some of these buildings, they risk breaching MEES regulations come 2023. Lucy Beachell,…

Mixed-use Stamp Duty Land Tax: When can…

Lucy Beachell from Harrison Drury’s rural sector team outlines how different approaches to purchasing rural property can reduce the stamp duty land tax liability. He also reinforces the importance in…

Are written tenancy agreements really that important…

Nicola Beneduce, from our commercial property team, highlights some of the pitfalls associated with not having a comprehensive written tenancy agreement in place for an agricultural tenancy. When an agreement…

Dairy Response Fund – Support launched for…

Following increasing pressure from several agricultural organisations, including The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), the NFU, and others, a new hardship fund for dairy farmers has now opened.…

Is it possible to own ‘wildlife’ when…

Senior associate solicitor, Wendy Newbury, from our commercial property team, highlights a recent case in the Court of Appeal. It challenges whether or not coarse fish kept in man-made lakes…

Managing residential lettings on rural properties

Lucy Beachell from our commercial property team highlights how the recent tightening of regulations to prevent the letting of ‘sub-standard’ properties affects farm tenancies and rural residential lettings. The let…

How the ‘experience economy’ is changing the…

Silas Heys, head of Harrison Drury’s hospitality and leisure team, looks at how guests’ changing expectations and other social factors are placing greater demands on hospitality businesses. Primarily because of…

The Future of Farming

Hosted by Barclays, Harrison Drury Solicitors and Towers & Gornall Chartered Accountants, this event is aimed at giving those owning and managing agricultural and farming businesses expert guidance and advice…

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