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Arnold Thomson

Work 01327 350266
Fax 01327 353567
Market Harborough, Towcester

East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Arnold Thomson

Acclaimed as ‘knowledgeable and personable’, Arnold Thomson is active in the full spectrum of agricultural property-related mandates. Among other commercial matters, clients turn to the team for advice on tenancy agreements, options and development work, partnership agreements and renewable energy concerns. Standout lawyer Matt Hawkins is ‘excellent with development work’ and also excels in inheritance tax planning, specifically in relation to Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief. The group works closely with the tax, trusts, wills and probate team to provide agricultural clients with related advice.

Practice head(s):Matt Hawkins, Mike Thomson, Kate Austin, Nadiya Virani-Bland and Christine Simkins


'Kate Austin is excellent with land sales, as is Nadiya Viriani Bland with wills, tax and probate'.

'They are very accessible, professional and accurate'.

'They have a no nonsense practical approach with client care uppermost in their minds'.

'Kate Austin is a fantastic individual. She is patient, helpful and professional, always looking at the bigger picture'.

'They are swift to respond to queries and work well together as a team.'

'All members of staff have a caring attitude, and put their clients interests first.  Everyone is knowledgeable in their own field'.

'Nadiya Virani-Bland always makes time for enquiries, and never seems to be clock watching'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in the sale of agricultural land for £3.65m  
  • Advising two landowners on a promotion agreement on land estimated at £19m.
  • Administering the estate of a deceased client worth approximately £6m.
  • Advising a client on lifetime planning.
  • Acted for  the client on the surrender of an Agricultural Holding Act and Farm Business Tenancies to the Crown.
Leading individuals

Matt Hawkins - Arnold Thomson

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