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Bond Dickinson LLP’s team acts for over 100 landed estates in the UK and is led by Simon Kirkup whose clients include The National Trust, English Heritage, The Church Commissioners and Grainger plc. Recent work includes acting for a well-known Cumbrian estate on its reorganisation. Andrew Farquharson acts on the sale and purchase of farms, estates and rural property portfolios.

Cartmell Shepherd’s team has particular strength in acting for landlords in connection with wind, solar PV and hydro schemes, and also acts for HSBC on transactions in relation to farms and agricultural land. Jonathan Carroll heads the team and acts on contentious and non-contentious matters, including tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act.

Richard Miller heads the practice at Burnetts, which has completed several multimillion-pound farm transactions throughout 2015. The team’s strengths encompass advising on renewable energy projects, assisting with the structuring of agribusinesses, and drafting agricultural tenancy agreements. The ‘efficient, speedy and tenacious’ Diane Barnes ‘is absolutely thorough in her investigations, and has excellent interpersonal skills’.

At Hay & Kilner, department head Alison Hall advises on farm successions and assists with drafting farming partnership agreements, and Richard Freeman-Wallace advises on farm business tenancies and conditional contracts, as well as negotiating options for the disposal or acquisition of land for residential development.

Key figures at Jacksons Law include the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Jane Armitage, who ‘is excellent on behalf of farmers and landowners’, and Toby Joel, who is a contentious equine specialist. Practice head Adrienne Patterson is also recommended.

Ward Hadaway’s clients include Woodland Trust, Welbeck Estates, Northumberland National Park Authority and the University of Newcastle. Alex Cox advises rural land owners and farmers on property transactions and Neil Robson has significant experience of land use and planning aspects. Christopher Hewitt has retired.

BHP Law’s Darlington office has developed a strong foothold among agricultural clients. The well-regarded Peter Blackett continues to advise farmers and landowners on land and farm developments, planning and environmental issues, and farm partition arrangements. The team recently assisted with the purchase of land in North Yorkshire.

At Gibson & Co Solicitors Ltd, David Bawn, Harry Chrisp and Tony Gibson advised various large landowners and estates on their mineral and manorial rights. In another highlight Chrisp acted for the Marquess of Linlithgow on the £1.5m purchase of forestland in Wales.

Highlights for Iain Nicholson & Co included negotiating an insurance claim following a farmhouse burning down and advising the same client on a potential farm sale. Peter Dakin acted on the sale of agricultural land to a national building company to facilitate housing development.

At Latimer Hinks Solicitors, Anne Elliott’s agricultural expertise includes succession planning and inheritance tax planning for farm owners. Other key individuals include Neil Stevenson, who specialises in renewable energy projects, and consultant Tim Haggie, who advises on property transactions for high-net-worth individuals, and assists with mineral options and leases.

Tom Wills leads Sintons LLP’s practice, which attracts praise for its ‘high-quality advice relating to rural landlord and tenant issues’. Wills specialises in agricultural tenancies, farm holdings, purchases and disposals, and in renewable development projects.

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