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, serving both their commercial and personal requirements.
We are proud to act for a wide range of rural clients, including farming businesses and partnerships, rural family estates and food production companies serving both their commercial, family and personal matters.
We appreciate and understand the importance of keeping up-to-date with the rapidly changing agricultural law and the regulations which affect rural businesses. The comprehensive range of specialist legal services we offer to clients in the rural and agricultural sector is therefore essential to guide our clients through all aspects of their business and personal lives.
As EC developments affect farming and rural businesses more and more, so access to clear and concise advice, with an understanding of the practical implications of such advice, becomes increasingly important. We offer a one-stop high-quality agribusiness law service.
We advise on all aspects of farming law and estate management including:
- Sale and purchase of farms and estates
- Farm business restructuring including limited companies, partnerships, joint ventures, share farming and contracting arrangements
- Wayleaves and Telecommunications
- Covenants and easements affecting land
- Agricultural estates – planning and development
- Renewable energy projects, including wind farms, photovoltaic solar panels and anaerobic digesters
- Tax planning
- Wills, trusts and administration of estates
- Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance tax advice and succession planning
We also offer a full range of agricultural legal services and advice tailored to rural businesses and enterprises, including:
- Sales and purchase of rural businesses
- Secured lending on business property
- Business tenancies for office and commercial property lettings
- Commercial contracts
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Latest Land, Estates and Rural Business posts
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…
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…01/07/20
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…05/05/20
Land deal nets bright future for Worsthorne Recreation Ground
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…
How the ‘experience economy’ is changing the hospitality sector
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…