Services for rural

Rural Disputes

Our Rural Dispute team includes individuals who are each recognised for their specialist knowledge and expertise in their particular area and together cover all matters which may arise within the niche practice of contentious agricultural law and disputes arising in rural areas.

We are well aware of the fact that the parties may be neighbours or family members and so matters have to be dealt with in a way that not only achieves the best possible outcome for our clients but is also mindful of the parties’ relationships and the long lasting effects that such actions can have.

Whilst our primary aim is to achieve a resolution as quickly as possible without having to resort to the court or tribunal, we appreciate that at times, litigation is inevitable.  We thoroughly explore the options available to our clients to formulate a plan of what action will be taken in your particular case and spend time explaining what is involved and exploring possible alternative methods of dispute resolution if appropriate. If court, tribunal or Land Registry Adjudication action is the right option, then you can rest assured that you will be guided through it every step of the way and we will apply our expertise to get you the best possible result.

We deal with all aspects of rural and agricultural disputes including:

  • Landlord and tenant
    • AHAs, FBTs, Regulated Tenancies, ASTs
    • Succession Claims
    • Security of tenure issues
  • Appeals against the Rural Payment Agency and BPS matters
  • Regaining possession of (all) agricultural property
  • Negligence, trespass and nuisance claims
  • Environmental
  • Contract disputes
  • Disputes with DEFRA and other public bodies/regulatory matters
  • Drainage works disputes
  • Equine issues
  • Riparian rights
  • Adverse possession
  • Common land and village greens
  • Highways and rights of way disputes

Recent cases

Kirsten Bridgewater heads up mfg’s Rural Disputes team which resolves disputes involving businesses and individuals, in matters affecting farms and Estates, homeowners.

The team act in Court and Tribunal matters often in high value and complex land actions. Recent cases have involved issues such as: adverse possession of farming land; nuisance due to flooding and contamination; a multi-party action for breach of contract as to farming subsidies, entitlements and negligence; and proprietary estoppel and a disputed trust of land action.


The team includes members of the Property Litigation Association and the Agricultural Law Association and they have spoken at a number of seminars and training events on property litigation matters.

To discuss further call one of the team on 0845 5555 321 or contact us by e-mail, details displayed on the staff information on this page.