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Land, Estates and Rural Business

Rural sector update: The risks arising from…

In a highly complex and technical area of law, Harrison Drury partner David Edwards, and trainee solicitor Chloe Harrison, explore the potential legal issues affecting the rural sector relating to…

Farmers and growers: The benefits and pitfalls…

Helen Griffin, a senior associate solicitor at Harrison Drury, explains the role of supply contracts in farming and agriculture business and highlights the importance of understanding the terms of any…

Heads of Terms for property transactions –…

George Wilson, associate solicitor in Harrison Drury’s commercial property team, outlines the key information provided in a Heads of Terms agreement and how this can make a property deal run…

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. George Wilson,…

Factors to consider before selling part of…

There has been an increased demand for acquiring rural land over the years, primarily for development purposes or to secure additional land for working farms. Hannah Hughes from Harrison Drury’s…

Do I need a partnership agreement for…

Associate solicitor Jack Stephenson, from Harrison Drury’s corporate and commercial team, outlines the importance of having a properly prepared business partnership agreement for your family farm. Many farms operate their…

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…

Top tips for managing seasonal workers for…

Meeting the demands of a seasonal and labour-intensive rural business can often result in employee management becoming a low priority. Olivia Bailey and Kate Shawcross from our employment and regulatory…

Rural sector update: Agricultural subsidies and preparing…

Harrison Drury’s George Wilson from the rural sector team provides an overview on the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme and the implications to agricultural businesses. What do we…

Land deal nets bright future for Worsthorne…

The future of a popular green space in a Burnley village has been secured for the local community for another quarter of a century after a new long-term lease was…

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…

Agricultural Property Disputes

When it comes to the legal aspects of land, estates and rural matters, only a true specialist can help you achieve your objectives. With over 100 years’ experience in this…

Land, Estates & Rural Business

At Harrison Drury, our specialist rural law strength lies in the depth of expertise and range of legal services we are able to offer to our agricultural and rural business clients,…

What does The New Electronics Communications Code…

After receiving the Royal Assent in April 2017, The New Electronics Communication Code has now come into force, as of 28 December 2018. Rhian Hawkins from Harrison Drury solicitors explores…

How will the new Digital Economy Act…

With the new Digital Economy Act 2017 (“the Act”) having received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, Rhian Hawkins from Harrison Drury solicitors explores how this could affect landowners. The…

What will happen in the farming and…

The EU referendum means that farmers face more questions than answers. Hannah Craig, the head of Harrison Drury’s farming and rural business team, investigates some of the key issues. Key figures…

Is energy storage the next farm diversification…

After a period of setbacks and uncertainty, the energy storage industry is on the cusp of major growth – with farmers leading the way. Katie Kozlowska, head of the energy…

Commons backdated farm payments

Following a legal challenge, Defra has concluded that the basis adopted for common land in 2005 did not comply with European regulations and it should have been allocated differently. The…

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