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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Michael Aubrey

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Real estate.


Michael leads the firm’s national agriculture sector. His areas of specialism cover the acquisition and disposal of estates and farms, farm tenancies, joint ventures, development and promotion agreements, partnership agreements, contracting agreements. Recent examples of Michael’s work include advising a consortium of landowners in relation to the promotion of 400 acres of land for development, advising an estate on the restructuring of its agricultural tenancies so as to enhance the ability to achieve 100% IHT relief, restructuring the agricultural tenancies on an estate prior to sale of the estate and advising on the termination of a farming partnership.


Trained Mills & Reeve LLP; qualified 1991; partner 1997 to date. Publications of note: writes periodically for the Farmers Weekly and Solicitors Journal.


Agricultural Law Association, Royal Forestry Society, Law Society, Royal Agricultural Society of England.


Whitland Grammar School, Carmarthenshire; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1984-87).


Referee to three young boys, rugby, cricket.

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Aubrey - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'excellent in all areas' and has strong practitioners in both Cambridge and Norwich. The firm is 'in a different league' compared to its competitors, according to one client, who highlights its ‘exceptional service’. Another describes ‘a highly professional multi-disciplinary firm with a deep understanding of the law'. Agribusiness is one of the firm's key sectors and it handles the full range of rural land matters including some of the highest value and most complex deals nationally. Practice head Michael Aubrey acted for Albanwise in its £21m purchase of a village and 2,000 acres of farmland in North Yorkshire. He leads a practice of which one client remarks 'my experience is the same as with any of the London Magic Circle firms'. The firm acts for traditional farming clients, landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, pension funds, prestigious landed estates and large agribusinesses such as Greenyard and Farmcare. Agricultural property specialist Amanda Tagg in Cambridge and associates Nicola Dernieand Louise Butcherin Norwich are highly recommended. They ‘provide reasoned, sensible advice in a concise and understandable way to ensure the correct decisions can be made'. Tim Ryan is a key partner and he advised a farm company on the surrender and grant of five agricultural tenancies in Yorkshire. 'Skilled, pragmatic and empathetic' senior associate Dawn Chapman is ‘very supportive as well as professional and efficient; she is reassuring, cheerful and empathetic'. Associate Matthew Hesketh, who regularly deals with agricultural estate and farmland sales and purchases, 'provides customer-focused service', and associate Denis Costello is 'well-rounded and knowledgeable in minerals and waste management property matters, providing unambiguous advice'.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Aubrey - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Mills & Reeve LLP attracts praise for its ‘high level of technical expertise, practical and common sense advice, excellent industry knowledge and good value for money’. The ‘very well-respected, efficient and experienced’ Michael Aubrey  is recommended along with the ‘excellent’ Tim Ryan, who is ‘very good on property and development work’. Aubrey has a ‘very affable manner and is extremely knowledgeable across an extraordinary breadth of legal disciplines’. Senior associate Matthew Hesketh  is ‘very diligent, is an excellent listener and communicates well’. The ‘very professional’ team has considerable agribusiness sector knowledge and acts for several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges as well as various pension funds, numerous prestigious landed estates and many substantial national farming businesses such as Greenyard and Farmcare. Other clients include The Wellcome Trust, Barclays Bank and Christ Church Oxford.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Mills & Reeve LLP  leverages its strong national agriculture and rural affairs practice in handling a range of high value and complex matters. The group is headed by Cambridge-based Michael Aubrey and includes Julia Rangecroft who leads from the Leeds office. Rangecroft has expertise advising on tax planning, particularly in relation to property backed businesses, agricultural assets, heritage property and offshore work. The Leeds-based team now also includes associate Andrea Newman who recently relocated from the firm's Cambridge office.

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