Agriculture and estates in South East

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s Oxford team provides a range of agricultural and rural business advice including strategic advice on diversification, devolution and development. Its expertise covers complex probates for the landed gentry, sophisticated multi-disciplinary work, sales and purchases of valuable residential property, farms and agricultural land in conjunction with related tax and property advice. Fiona Graham heads the practice. Natasha Hassall is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Graham 

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Hassall


Boodle Hatfield give no nonsense, good, clear, easy to understand quality taxation and private client advice.

Huge experience and knowledge in this sphere and a high-calibre of personnel. Thus complex and/or sensitive issues have been handled in a clear, pragmatic and conducive (and tax efficient) manner.

Practical and very well informed advice. Personable team who explain complex issues well without condescension.

Very strong on estate planning work and a lot of experience and very good client relations.

Excellent team for dealing with complicated family structures.

Fiona Graham is fantastic with people, which makes her a superb advisor. Her technical know-how is superb also.

I single out Fiona Graham for her tenacity and her ability to set out the issues in a straightforward manner.

Natasha Hassall has a great intellect and ability to make highly complicated issues understandable for clients.


Key clients

Grosvenor Estates

Bedford Estate

Work highlights

    Cripps Pemberton Greenish

    Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s agriculture and estates team specialises in wealth and heritage planning, purchases and sales of farms and land, leases of agricultural, commercial and residential property, finance, grazing agreements, and field sports. It also handles disputes arising in these areas. The practice acts for a number of key historic houses, agricultural properties and landed estates in the South East and elsewhere. 'PowerhouseSally Firby heads the practice. Head of the Kent private wealth team Kate Arnold  and Paul Fairbairn, who joined from Withers LLP in March 2018, are other names to note. Senior associate Darren Philpot left for Furley Page Solicitors in January 2019.

    Practice head(s):

    Sally Firby

    Other key lawyers:

    Kate Arnold; Paul Fairbairn


    Undoubtedly the biggest and the best in the South Eas.t

    Great depth of knowledge regarding all aspects of acquisition and disposal of farms and estates.

    All team members  are enlightened and wholly focused on the outcome.

    The individuals I work with are accessible, generally respond quickly to queries raised and give sound advice.

    They have a deep and well established knowledge of their subject and a very proactive approach to dealing with each case they take on.

    Their particular strength lies with Sally Firby, who is the power house and a colossus with regard to the sale and purchase of farms. She is a commercially savvy lawyer who is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable‘.

    Sally Firby has become the “go-to” lawyer for any meaningful estate. I know of no other lawyer who will undertake such a thorough job and in such a timely fashion.

    Sally Firby is an outstanding partner of the firm. I have worked with her on numerous transactions and her professionalism and reliability is second to none.

    Key clients

    Evremond Estate

    Fridays Limited

    Chapel Down

    Trustees of Deed of Farrington Variation Trust

    Berry Gardens Growers Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Berry Gardens Growers on a number of highly technical research and development programmes with IP implications.
    • Sale of a large farm and dissolution of a family partnership.
    • Sale of a family-run dairy farm.
    • Acting for the buyers on purchasing a farm from well-known cattle breeders.
    • Purchase of a large property in Cranbrook.

    Freeths LLP

    Freeths LLP has a dedicated team of specialist lawyers that assist clients with the full gamut of agricultural law matters, including agricultural property,  tax, trusts and wills, agricultural dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, environmental law and specialist agricultural advice in employment, family and personal injury law. The team is also supported by the wider firm’s construction and planning experts. Iain Davis is practice head. Samantha Leigh, Sarah DuffyBalvinder Jaj and Laura Czapski are also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Iain Davis


    They can provide a good range of services particularly for farmers and other rural landowners. Wide range of skills but also access to specialist advice as required‘.

    They were all a delight to work with and always highly professional. They did the work extremely well and promptly‘.

    Very knowledgeable across a wide range of subjects. Always willing to discuss issues. Overall very friendly and professional, which gives us and our clients confidence‘.

    First class team of rural property legal specialists capable of handling complex deals and transactions, and securing the best result for clients‘.

    Iain Davis is exceptionally knowledgeable and capable, does not waste time but cracks on with work and gets things done quickly to a very high standard‘.

    Throughout all transactions I have completed with Samantha Leigh, Samantha has been the perfect combination of calm, professionalism, dedication and alacrity. Where Samantha really excels, in my opinion, is to quickly understand what the most important aspects in the transaction to the key parties, as well as quickly identifying other aspects that may cause issue further down the line and providing a solution‘.

    Iain Davis is assisted most brilliantly by Laura Czapski I can happily make mention of their fantastic individual contributions to my transaction. Their professional expertise combined with good manners and common sense is an unbeatable recipe for success!

    Samantha Leigh is very knowledgeable, she always engages with us and clients to make sure she is aware of all issues and can advise accordingly‘.

    Sarah Duffy is simply fantastic, she is super speedy, commercial, great at communicating and knows the law inside out. She is great with clients and other professionals alike, she cuts to the key points and looks to do a deal‘.

    Balvinder Jaj was a complete rock, who gave us confidence throughout this stressful process. He was calm and resolute, handled everything in a timely fashion and was invariably available‘.

    Laura Czapski is a proactive problem solver with an eye for detail and the ability to secure the best deal for clients‘.

    Key clients

    Sir Edward Dashwood (West Wycombe Estate, Buckinghamshire; Picton and Slebech Estates, Pembrokeshire; Golden Grove Estate, Carmarthenshire).

    The Carington Estate, Buckinghamshire

    The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (estates in Suffolk and Devon)

    Trinity College, Oxford

    Swanbourne Estate, Buckinghamshire

    The Blenheim Estate

    Wadham College, Oxford

    BBOWT (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust)

    Tarmac Group of Companies-

    Robert George Thorne

    Work highlights

    • Represented the vendor in their sale of approximately 80 acres of land for residential development valuing £25m.
    • Negotiated over 30 tenancy agreements in the sale of Robert George Thorne’s farm over three transactions.
    • Complex sale of land in Buckinghamshire to residential developer pursuant to a promotion agreement.
    • Sale of circa  7 acres of land to a developer for residential development.
    • Sale of approx. 15 acres of land to a developer for residential development (consisting of over 70 residential units) pursuant to a promotion agreement.

    Irwin Mitchell

    The team at Irwin Mitchell provides specialist advice to private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector. Clients’ needs are dealt with 'under one roof’ on work which includes high-values tax planning advice and routine tax compliance work, trusts and strategic property advice. It also undertakes tenancies and property management work and assistance on asset structuring and succession planning.  James Pavey heads the practice in Gatwick. Iain MacLeod and James Letchford are also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    James Pavey 

    Other key lawyers:

    Iain MacLeod; James Letchford 


    The team has expertise in almost all areas, is of a sufficient size to cope with all types of work, however large or small and can call on other teams as and when required across the whole spectrum of legal services ensuring a seamless service is provided‘.

    Experience and knowledge base that is both broad and deep when required with good contacts across relevant other professional sectors such as surveyors etc.

    James Pavey is extremely capable, very attentive to the matter in hand, and someone you need on-side for your client, particularly if contentious‘.

    James Pavey and James Letchford are incredibly quick to respond to urgent requests, provide clear, detailed advice and get the job done with the minimum of fuss in a sensible time frame‘.

    James Pavey especially is a very dedicated partner who is accessible for advice on a nearly 365 day a year basis and has an extremely level head and a clear view of navigating complex legal roads on behalf of his clients‘.

    Iain MacLeod and James Letchford are highly competent and fulfilled their briefs admirably‘.

    Work highlights

    • Multi-faceted approach to stopping development of greenfield site adjacent to valuable country property.
    • Advisory work and trusteeship for a family and rural estate worth approximately £15m.
    • Property litigation relating to valuable residential property.
    • Advising on a charity established by landed family (landlord) in property dispute with a public sector body (tenant).
    • Securing registration of ownership of an unregistered private road through highways presumptions to facilitate £10m development.

    Warners Solicitors

    Warners Solicitors’ agricultural team handles the full range of rural issues including non-contentious property work involving the buying and selling of farms, estates and grouse moors and landlord and tenant work. It also advises on contentious property work, criminal and regulatory matters. Its expertise extends to the creation and administration of estate and trusts for asset protection and estate tax planning. In November 2018 the practice was appointed to the panel of the NFU to cover the Kent and East Sussex counties. Steve Colville heads the practice. Litigator Michael McNally is another name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Steve Colville

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael McNally

    Key clients

    Masters of Foxhounds Association

    Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles

    All hunts within South East (under the Hunting Office legal expenses policy)

    J M Osborne & Co Limited

    William Powell Ltd

    Oxney Organic Estate

    Work highlights

    • Retained by specialist legal expenses insurer Abbey Legal Protection to provide the helpline under its farms and estates policy – an insurance policy which is widely sold to leading farms and estates in England and Wales.
    • Grant of Probate for local land owner and business man.
    • Regular advice given to the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the governing body for most hunts in Great Britain.
    • Advice given to a leading sporting agent in relation to numerous legal issues but most importantly in relation to the employment of gamekeepers and other staff.
    • Regular advice given to the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles on a variety of matters.

    Birkett Long LLP

    The team at Birkett Long LLP has a broad and deep expertise in agriculture and estate-related matters, including succession tax planning, trust creation, administration and winding up of trusts, property transactions, fishing rights and grazing licences. It also advises on partnership agreements and corporate structures and nuisance and negligence claims. Caroline Dowding heads the practice. Associates Emma Coke and Katie Gibson-Green are also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Caroline Dowding

    Other key lawyers:

    Emma Coke; Katie Gibson-Green


    A sound knowledge of clients’ affairs and prepared to advise on all matters relevant to the client  – bringing in specialists for detailed work‘.

    For a regional practice Birkett Long has one of the largest and best known private client departments in the Essex area‘.

    Fantastic all-round team which have superb technical knowledge but more importantly offer a great service and know the importance of maintaining the client relationship with the clients we recommend‘.

    I always feel they act in my best interests when they are dealing with any matter – large or small. I feel I am treated like an individual that matters and the attention to detail is excellent‘.

    Caroline Dowding is approachable, empathetic, supportive, and explains things in a way the lay person can understand‘.

    Emma Coke is outstanding in her diligence and gives excellent advice. She always deals with matters swiftly‘.

    Katie Gibson-Green is a real asset to the practice‘.

    Both Emma Coke and Caroline Dowding have been very kind and patient – always explaining things in great detail if I do not understand. I trust both of them implicitly and feel I am a valued client – not something I have felt with other firms of solicitors before‘.

    Birketts LLP

    Birketts LLP’s team counts private families, banks, utility companies, charities, government agencies and local authority among its clients. Its expertise covers structuring family successions and taxation as well as mainstream agricultural and property law advice on sales, purchases and tenancies. The team has strong links with the agricultural banking departments of several leading high street banks. Its expertise extends to areas including   ecclesiastical law, public access issues and renewable energy projects, . The practice head  Jack Royall is based in Norwich but spends some of his time in the Chelmsford office. Other names to note in Chelmsford are senior associate Annabelle Route and associate Leo McMahon. Ruth Morris joined from Clarke Willmott LLP in July 2018 and splits her time between Cambridge and Chelmsford.

    Practice head(s):

    Jack Royall


    They are very efficient. The team has a wide range of specialist knowledge and can always appoint someone to deal with a varied range of matters we may have‘.

    The team are both knowledgeable and able to engage clients and other professionals in a positive and productive way. The knowledge of agriculture and particularly in connection with private wealth planning is exceptionally important‘.

    Jack Royall has an excellent approach and is able to engage with a range of clients and knowledge levels. His clear and concise approach is extremely valuable, particularly in meetings‘.

    Annabelle Rout is always available, responds very properly and is very knowledge on her subject‘.

    Leo McMahon is very effective and prompt with his delivery, and has a thoughtful approach to all matters‘.

    Annabelle Rout is truly wonderful to work with‘.

    Blake Morgan LLP

    Blake Morgan LLP’s client base for agriculture and estate work includes families with landed estates, landowners, farmers, agricultural businesses, as well as a number of trusts, partnerships, corporate bodies, registered charities and institutions involved in the rural sector. The team specialises in succession planning, land ownership advice, planning, agricultural tenancies, taxation, financing and diversification. Oliver Sowton heads the practice. Senior associate Caroline Lindon-Morris is another name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Oliver Sowton

    Other key lawyers:

    Caroline Lindon-Morris


    The Blake Morgan team is able to address any legal matters we encounter  which means the firm can address the legal matter without needing to go to another firm for specialist advice‘.

    I enjoy working with Oliver Sowton and Caroline Lindon-Morris as they understand how we work and they always give good practical advice which enables us to move forward with property negotiations‘.


    Brachers’ agricultural and rural team is well versed a wide range of matters, acting for landowners and farming families in relation to development opportunities on their land, supporting charities within the rural community and handling commercial  and property disputes including boundary issues.  The department is well known for assisting educational and research institutions in the agricultural and rural sector. Sarah Webster heads the practice. Christopher Eriksson-Lee and Deborah Cain are other key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Webster

    Key clients

    Hadlow College

    East Malling Trust

    Kent County Agricultural Society

    Alan Firmin Limited

    Kent Farmers Benevolent Society

    Plumpton College

    Work highlights

    • Pro bono work for a charitable trust to support Kent farmers.
    • Estate planning, administration of trusts and property transactions (including agricultural tenancies) for a Kent-based family business with significant agricultural and commercial property interests.
    • Acting for the trustees of a settlement with a significant agricultural land estate in relation to private client estate planning and property matters.
    • Strategic estate planning advice in view of residential development opportunities and diversification on a significant landed estate.
    • Succession planning including land transfers for a client with a 1000 acre agricultural holding to ensure eligibility for agricultural Property Relief.

    Furley Page Solicitors

    Furley Page Solicitors’ team has long-established links with the agricultural sector, covering a comprehensive range of rural property work, including the sale, purchase, letting and refinancing of agricultural land and rural estates, but also tax planning advice and associated business restructuring work. The team has been particularly engaged on development work and other forms of agricultural diversification, such as land promotion agreements and other residential development opportunities. Ethan Desai, who was made partner in May 2019, heads the practice. Senior associate Darren Philpot, who joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish in January 2019, is another name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Ethan Desai

    Other key lawyers:

    Darren Philpot


    Great availability, staff always endeavour to respond quickly and efficiently with the right level of expertise available for any situation. Ability to turn round work is second to none‘.

    Exceptional ability to grasp the commerciality of a deal and work out what are and what are not important issues the client must be aware of. Excellent communication with the ability to communicate complex problems to other professionals and lay people alike‘.

    The ability to advise on a wide range of issues. Good advice and value for money‘.

    Approachable and clear thinking. Succinct advice‘.

    A wide breadth of knowledge in agricultural and rural matters. Most helpful with guidance and assistance in securing funding for business diversification‘.

    Ethan Desai is comfortably within the excellent category‘.

    Key clients

    GH Dean & Co Ltd

    Edward Vinson Ltd

    H Mount & Sons Ltd

    HW Snape & Sons

    J Wanstall & Sons

    Street End Estate

    SW Mount & Sons

    Incredible Eggs South East Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acted for GH Dean & Company on the sale of  a residential development site with planning permission for up to 600 dwellings.
    • Acted for Fletcher Challenge Forest Industries on its sale of an 8 acre business park.
    • Acted for GH Dean & Company on its acquisition of 400 acres of agricultural land.


    The team at Knights is best known for its expertise in contentious rural  affairs in relation to agriculture, crime, environment, land ownership and occupation, planning, professional liability, real estate and rural sport. It acts for a range of estates, farms, venues, rural businesses and individuals and includes  regulatory work and conveyancing for landowners and occupiers. Matthew Knight heads the practice. Simon Bell joined from the Government Legal Department in February 2019 and Peter Burfoot left for Gullands Solicitors in April 2019.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Knight

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Bell


    Knights have a strong team that can deal with a range of complex and specialist matters including and ranging from the Wildlife And Countryside Act to highways. Such matters are not run of the mill, but Knights has the experience within its team to be able to deal with them‘.

    The practice was recommended by a solicitor to carry out a legal repossession. Not many other firms seemed to handle this type of work‘.

    The partners were suitably knowledgeable, and able to complete the task successfully. They explained the process in layman’s language‘.

    Key clients

    Mrs Shelia Harris

    National Gamekeepers’ Organisation

    Game Farmers’ Association

    National Smallbore Rifle

    G Forge Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Mrs Harris in her veterinary professional negligence claim and appeal arising through her valuable horse being euthanised.
    • Offering a helpline for members of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation.
    • Offering a helpline for members of the Game Farmers’ Association.
    • Offering a helpline for members of the National Smallbore Rifle Association.

    Moore Blatch LLP

    Moore Blatch LLP’s rural services sector team deals with a wide range of matters across private client, property, land development, planning, litigation, employment and family and company structures. The client portfolio includes owners of landed estates, farms, large country homes, polo and horse racing businesses, stud farms and veterinary practices. Sarah Jordan heads the practice in Southampton. Ed Whittington in Southampton and Phillip Whitcomb in Lymington office are other names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Jones

    Other key lawyers:

    Ed Whittington; Phillip Whitcomb

    Tees Law

    Tees Law’s agriculture and estates team acts for both landowners and developers on a variety of matters, including strategic land transactions and energy projects. The practice also specialises in all manner of commercial and agricultural litigation matters. David Miller from the Bishop’s Stortford office is practice head. Charles Stevens joined from Hewitsons in October 2018. In January 2019, the practice merged with Wortley Byers LLP which has enlarged the firm's commercial, litigation and private client offering.

    Practice head(s):

    David Miller

    Other key lawyers:

    Charles Stevens


    Good skills available across this sector‘.

    The team is knowledgeable and practical in their approach. They ensure that clients understand complex legal issues‘.

    David Miller gives good professional and practical advice‘.

    David Miller is knowledgeable, efficient and has a practical approach to get deals completed. David is very good at explaining complex legal points in a clear way to ensure that clients understand the importance of specific points to protect their position and is a good negotiator‘.

    Key clients

    Strutt & Parker (Farms) Limited

    Work highlights

      Thompson Smith and Puxon

      Thompson Smith and Puxon's agricultural team assists clients with property and commercial issues as well as estate planning, taxation and succession matters. With a strong relationship with the rural communities in Essex and neighbouring counties, the team specialises in commercial and agricultural land and property acquisitions, disposals and related development transactions, as well as in development and planning, promotion and option agreements and property portfolio management and refinancing. Stephen Firmin heads the practice. Kerry Addison is also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen Firmin 

      Other key lawyers:

      Kerry Addison 


      A friendly and user-friendly team, wise and calm under pressure‘.

      The agriculture and estate team at TSP have a great breadth of experience across the various legal disciplines that are needed to support farming families‘.

      Many of the team at TSP come from farming families and therefore have personal experience of the challenges they face on a day to day basis‘.

      Strong local presence and timely advice‘.

      Stephen Firmin and Kerry Addison are approachable and effective at communicating and simplifying technical legal jargon and requirements‘.

      Stephen Firmin has always answered my problems very promptly and has not drawn out issues unnecessarily‘.

      Work highlights

      • Sale of substantial farming estate.
      • Acquisition of substantial farm estate.
      • Substantial farm business tenancy over a large farming estate.
      • Advising a farming partnership on the disposal of a substantial agricultural site.
      • Advising landowner on the sale of a  large farming estate and  equestrian business.

      Adams & Remers

      The team at Adams & Remers is well known for its expertise in land and property disputes as well as corporate and commercial matters. Key types of work include issues concerned with landed estates, individual farmers, farming partnerships, farming companies and listed property. Option agreements, promotion agreements, sale of local amenity land and refinancing work are areas of growth. Katherine Haslam heads the practice. James Turner and Robin Illingworth are also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Katherine Haslam

      Other key lawyers:

      James Turner; Robin Illingworth


      Good range of skills and expertise. Very good and well-established client base across the South East. Amongst other areas, specialists in agricultural law, strategic development land, and property related disputes including covenants and overage‘.

      Adams & Remers are very commercially focused, and their solicitors are extremely knowledgeable in the area of agriculture and estates. They have had previous experience of almost every challenging scenario that comes up, and, if they don’t, they are very skilled in resolving issues quickly and efficiently. I have always had very positive experiences with the team‘.

      Katherine Haslam is very personable and knowledgeable on a wide range of property matters including agricultural law, development land, covenants and conveyancing‘.

      James Turner is skilled on a wide range of property matters‘.

      Katherine Haslam, Robin Illingworth, James Turner, and other team members are all extremely knowledgeable and approachable. They respond quickly and efficiently and are particularly good at sorting out complications (in a really pragmatic and commercially viable way) and pushing matters to a conclusion by keeping all parties involved. Their level of knowledge also sets them apart from other law firms in this practice area‘.

      Work highlights

      • Instructed by the buyer of a large area of agricultural land farmed under a farm contract arrangement with the complication of the negotiation of an option for natural resource exploration.
      • Acted for client on the sale of entire farm and agricultural land.
      • Acted for client on granting a viticulture lease relating to their estate.
      • Acted for client on the grant of a long term sublease of fishing and leisure rights.

      Field Seymour Parkes LLP

      Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s farming and estates team is well versed in all aspects of rural work, including sales and acquisitions of agricultural land and buildings, complex overage provisions, and all aspects of farm-related tenancy issues, such as tenants’ rights of succession and surrenders of such tenancies. The team’s rural private client and corporate specialists handle restructurings of farming partnerships with a focus on succession planning and inheritance tax reliefs. Associate Hazel Eccles heads the practice. Real estate expert James Burgess is another key contact.

      Practice head(s):

      Hazel Eccles

      Other key lawyers:

      James Burgess

      Key clients

      Trevor and Elizabeth Gibbins

      Lotte Jensen and Mark Riley

      Thorogood Haylage Limited

      Hugh Thorogood

      Work highlights

      • Purchase of pasture land at Bassett Wood, subject to overage provisions to apply for 25 years.
      • Purchase of  a lot consisting of 16.5 acres of pasture land in Berkshire, which had previously had all its minerals (clay and chalk) extracted and top soil returned.
      • Purchase of two farmhouses and three additional holiday let cottages with 8.5 acres of pasture land in Suffolk.
      • Advising clients in respect of their wills and the distribution of their farming interest to their children taking into consideration the farming partnership and other interests of the clients.
      • Sale of 4 acres of farm land in Chelmsford, which also involved granting and taking the benefit of a water pipe easement with a neighbour.

      Gepp Solicitors LLP

      Gepp Solicitors LLP has long-standing relationships with farmers in Essex and the neighbouring counties. The team specialises in all manner of rural matters, including the development of farm land, buying and selling farms and farm land, tenancies, wills, the taxation of farming assets and agricultural grants and subsidies. Edward Worthy is the name to note.

      Practice head(s):

      Edward Worthy

      Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

      The rural business team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a long-standing tradition of assisting the farming and rural business communities in Sussex and Kent and beyond. The team members act for landowners and farmers on the acquisition and sale of agricultural land, deal with farm business agreements and partnerships and agricultural easements. The practice is headed by Richard Cripps in Sevenoaks and William Keating in Brighton.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Cripps; William Keating 


      Rix & Kay have the expertise to deal with some of the most unusual and complicated rural properties‘.

      Regular contact with William Keating helped what could have been a slow transaction move, in a timely fashion , to exchange‘.

      Key clients

      Rumsey Family

      Allen Family

      Karen Beaumont

      Andrew Chisnell

      Linda & Barry Martin


      Forward and Mayern

      Rumsey Family

      Allen Family

      Karen Beaumont

      Work highlights

      • Sale of farmland to a developer to enable a spine road to be connected to the A22.
      • Acquisition of grazing land.
      • Acquisition of woodland near Uckfield.
      • Sale of grazing land.

      Spratt Endicott

      The agriculture and estates team at Spratt Endicott has in-depth expertise in the sale and purchase of rural properties, farms, and agricultural estates, particularly in relation to the sale of unregistered land and the sale of land for property development or related to the HS2 project. The team works closely with the commercial property, residential property, dispute resolution, private client and family law departments to provide a comprehensive service. Associate Jennie Loynes, who joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in October 2018, is the main contact. Managing director and head of commercial property Andrew Woods is another name to note. Christopher Goldingham retired in April 2018.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Woods

      Other key lawyers:

      Jennie Loynes


      Spratt Endicott have a local presence, being an Oxfordshire-focused practice, but are far from insular in their approach to clients and demonstrate their awareness of wider geographical issues/markets. Their ability to quickly understand a transaction and the requirements of all professionals behind the transaction really helps‘.

      Andrew Woods and his team understand time pressures that are often a key consideration in any transaction. They are able to keep to deadlines, without detrimental impact on the quality of their work‘.

      Work highlights

      • Purchase of a farmhouse and land.
      • Sale of a substantial manor house and parkland together with livestock, farm machinery and equipment.
      • Purchase of an extensive house together with an apple and walnut farm.
      • Partnership restructuring.

      Thomson Snell & Passmore

      Thomson Snell & Passmore deals with agricultural and rural affairs with a cross-practice team which includes commercial property, corporate and commercial, employment, private client and family specialists. The team acts for estates, landowners and landowning trusts, tenants and developers on land sales and purchases, agricultural tenancies, sporting rights, renewable energy projects, developments and planning issues. Commercial and contract work for farmers, advice on intellectual property rights and regulatory law, and support with tax, trusts and probate issues are other areas of strength. Sue Lister heads the team.

      Practice head(s):

      Sue Lister


      Long experience on dealing with commercial and agricultural issues and ability to call in expertise from other members of the firm including employment, FBT, planning and exposure to environmental liability risks‘.

      Prompt responses and good IT resources and understanding. Amazing breadth of knowledge‘.

      Sue Lister and her team specialise in agricultural matters and have an extremely good understanding of the industry and its nuances‘.

      Sue Lister has a wealth of knowledge in our specialized area of quarrying and farming and is always able to provide advice that is to the point while understanding the companies’ objectives‘.

      Sue has built a strong personal understanding of a family-run business and provides advice in an understandable, user-friendly way. Sue’s ability to translate legalese with ease is much appreciated in our meetings‘.

      Sue Lister was excellent in keeping matters relevant and keeping a clear head as to how to work through the complexities and emotional aspects of our matter‘.

      Work highlights

      • Acted for a client on the sale of a £20m estate.
      • Acting for the buyer on a complex purchase of a mixed-use farm.
      • Instructed by a Council to review and report on large portfolio of rural and agricultural land subject to leases and tenancies.
      • Instructed in the sale of large and complex estate by lots.
      • Acting for client on the  complicated and difficult  split of a farming partnership.

      Whitehead Monckton

      Based in Kent, Whitehead Monckton’s rural business team offers expertise on buying and selling farms and rural land, farm tenancies, planning issues, promotion agreements and renewable energy projects. It also has experience in areas as diverse as succession planning, mineral leases and equine law. Tax and estate expert Stephen Beck and director and head of commercial department Janet Goode  are the main contacts.

      Woodfines LLP

      Woodfines LLP’s agricultural team has strong expertise across a number of areas, including company and commercial, wills and tax, real estate, regulatory, employment and litigation. The practice assists clients with farming partnership and business tenancy agreements and also handles sales and acquisitions of farms and farm land, sporting rights and grazing agreements.  Charlotte Benjamin from the Sandy office is the main contact.

      Practice head(s):

      Charlotte Benjamin