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We can assist you with all aspects of agricultural property ownership and tenancies. Whether you are buying, selling or renting agricultural property, we are here to help.
We work closely with farmers and agricultural land agents (both locally and nationally) as well as organisations such as the CLA and Agricultural Law Association on a daily basis to ensure that we understand the specific issues that affect and influence the agricultural sector. This enables us to give you detailed advice tailored to your specific needs.
Our dedicated team will work closely with you, getting to know both you and your business to ensure that we fully understand your drivers enabling us to achieve a successful outcome for you as efficiently as possible.
Buying agricultural property presents its own particular challenges and our team’s agricultural expertise means we can provide you with detailed advice tailored to your specific transaction and requirements.
The purchase of agricultural property invariably involves important and complex issues over and above the purchase of non-agricultural property. Not only will we ensure that standard property matters such as rights of access and a property’s planning history are considered we will also take steps to ensure that specific agricultural issues are addressed so that you know exactly what you are buying.
Our specialist knowledge and understanding of agricultural property issues ensure that we can identify, report on and deal with matters such as:
- wayleave agreements
- easements for services
- public and private rights of way
- entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme
- environmental or stewardship schemes
- contamination issues
- existing agricultural tenancies
The selling of agricultural property, farms and estates is often a long and complex process. Our experienced team of agricultural lawyers will work closely with you and your business with the aim that the transaction advances as swiftly and as efficiently as possible.
If you are considering putting your land, farm or estate on the market our advice is to involve us as soon as possible to enable us to work with you and your agent to pull together vital information relating to your ownership of the property in order to identify and preempt any hidden issues that could potentially cause delays in the sale. This could include, amongst a number of other potential issues, identifying and addressing the following questions:
- Are there any issues relating to your title to the land (whether registered or not at the Land Registry)?
- Are there any existing tenancies or any other occupants of the land?
- Are entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme to be transferred to the Buyer and, if so, how many?
- Are there any environmental and stewardship schemes?
- Do you have any and all planning documents where required?
Our team will work closely with you and your agent to get to know your property as the more information we have from the outset the clearer we can present the issues relating to the property to the buyer and ultimately the quicker the sale will proceed to that all important completion date.