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Rural sector update: The risks arising from the use of pesticides on farmland

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…

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Mixed-use Stamp Duty Land Tax: When can you claim?

George Wilson 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…

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Are written tenancy agreements really that important for rural properties?

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…

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Factors to consider before selling part of your farmland

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…

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Do I need a partnership agreement for my family farming business?

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…

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Dairy Response Fund – Support launched for dairy farmers

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.…

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Is it possible to own ‘wildlife’ when buying or selling agricultural land?

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…

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Managing residential lettings on rural properties

George Wilson 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…

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Top tips for managing seasonal workers for businesses in the agricultural sector

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…

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Rural sector update: Agricultural subsidies and preparing for an uncertain future

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…

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