Expert Agriculture and Landed Estates solicitors serving the rural sector
Blake Morgan is an expert agriculture and landed estates law firm with nationwide clients.
Our Agriculture and Landed Estates team are experts on rural estates and farming and have a long tradition and excellent reputation for providing legal services to the farmers and countryside community.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our dedicated and specialist Agricultural and Landed Estate team provides a full legal service to farming, rural and private clients on thousands of acres of estates and farms.
Agricultural and estates
We advise on the sales, acquisitions and partitions of farms, estates, stud farms and equine property, complex landowners agreements and options; advice relating to agricultural tenancies relating to Farm Business Tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies involving succession applications and notices to quit; and disputes including issues with regard to agricultural tenancies, boundaries, easements, public rights of way, countryside access and farm workers.
Agricultural Tax and Finance
Our specialist agriculture lawyers provide complex tax and trust advice for commercial enterprises, estates, farms and individuals, strategic planning services, and restructuring advice.
Our expert team is experienced in advising on renewable energy projects – solar power, battery storage facility and anaerobic digestion plants, leases, joint venture and financing structures, agricultural planning advice, farming and food.
We offer employment advice to both businesses and individuals, seasonal agricultural workers, property rights, compromise and surrender agreements, contract farming agreements, farm business tenancies, AHA tenancies and general agricultural law advice, and sale and purchase of agricultural businesses.
Agricultural and rural land development
Our expert agricultural team provides advice for farmers and rural landowners in the development of rural land. The Agriculture and Estates team along with the Trust and Tax team and development specialists provide assistance to land owners including complex option agreements, conditional sale agreements and overages.
Our agriculture and landed estates clients include families with landed estates, landowners, farmers, agricultural businesses and a variety of trusts, partnerships, corporate bodies, registered charities and institutions involved in the agricultural sector.
"Thank you for your resolve and diligence in bringing the matter to a successful conclusion."
- Land Agent of substantial estate owner
"They're very good, very quick to respond, and pragmatic."
- Chambers and Partners, 2020
"Thank you for all your help in this project. Great result."
- Purchasing Farmer
"Thank you for all your hard work in making this come to pass and for the kind reasoned guidance you gave throughout."
- Agricultural Landlord
Working for an 800-acre farm for estate, succession and tax planning. In addition, our landowning clients registered the entire farm including a variety of registration anomalies including reserving rights and easements over neighbouring land and several adverse possession claims.
Acting for a landowner negotiating an option and draft lease for a battery storage facility to be constructed on the client's land subject to planning involving complex negotiations on the rent review mechanism, and reinstatement and security for the landowner in respect of the reinstatement obligations of the energy company.
We have advised a traditional landed estate owning a substantial property portfolio in respect of a contested AHA succession matter. We have advised our client on a response to an AHA Succession Application made by the son of a deceased AHA tenant. We served a Case G Notice to Quit and obtained Counsel's opinion as the evidence needed to defeat the succession claim.
Awards and Accolades
The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) issues arising out of a surrender and regrant of an agricultural tenancy can be complicated, especially where the tenancy has inherent value. John Shallcross...Read More
Extension of permitted development rights for change of use of agricultural buildings to residential use
Farmers and rural estate owners wishing to diversify their revenue streams by converting derelict, or redundant farm buildings into habitable units to be sold on the open market, or for...Read More