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
The impact of energy efficiency regulations on the rural commercial property sector
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,…
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…
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…
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…