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In addition to advising on land disposals and acquisitions, Hewitsons’ agricultural team leverages its real estate capabilities to advise on planning and environmental issues. Gareth Williams heads the team, which acts for Merton College, the Homes and Communities Agency, and the Castle Ashby Estate.

Langleys Solicitors LLP advised the trustees of the RG Simpson Will Trust on the proposed sale of a farmhouse and land. The practice, which acts for both landlords and tenants on matters related to mineral extractions, potash mining and renewable energy, is led by Andrew Fearn and includes David Wood.

In a recent highlight, Roythornes Solicitors acted for an investor on £14m-worth of agricultural land acquisitions. The ‘efficient and knowledgeable’ team includes Alan Plummer, Julie Robinson (who specialises in share farming, contract farming and seasonal cropping agreements) and Vember Mortlock.

Wilkin Chapman LLP is noted for its expertise in rural issues, which covers agricultural land acquisitions and disposals, tenancy matters, bespoke contract farming arrangements, and land registrations. The practice, which is led by Lincoln-based Catherine Harris, is on the National Farmers Union’s legal panel.

Arnold Thomson’s ‘professional and extremely knowledgeable’ team is noted for its expertise in the renewable energy sector. Mike Thomson and Matt Hawkins are recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP benefits from its full-service approach, which covers advice on matters related to tax planning and succession rights, among others. The team is jointly headed by Rob Wofinden, William Colacicchi, and Richard Barlow.

Paul Thompson heads Freeths’ team, specialising in agricultural matters related to tax and estate planning.

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Legal Developments in East Midlands for Agriculture and estates

  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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