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Edmund Fetherston-Dilke

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Farrer & Co

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Estates & Private Property


Edmund advises several major estates on the full variety of legal issues including residential, agricultural and business tenancies, rights of way, sporting rights, agri-environmental schemes, riparian issues and planning and environmental matters. He is well connected in the residential and rural property markets and regularly works with a number of buying agents acquiring countryside and London properties for clients where transactions often need to be executed to brisk timetables. Often these acquisitions will involve offshore ownership structures and complex financing issues. Edmund has been dealing in high value residential property work for more than 20 years and has substantial experience in  all matters whether freehold or leasehold, listed or new build/off-plan. As part of his residential practice he regularly deals with lease extensions and enfranchisement matters for both landlord and tenant. Edmund also assists his clients with their significant refurbishment projects dealing with the associated planning and construction issues. He looks after a number of clients who have diverse commercial property interests on the granting and surrendering of leases, service charge issues and dilapidations.


Trained at Farrer & Co; qualified 1996; made a partner in 2003.


Agricultural Law Association


Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MA) Sometime Scholar.

London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Edmund Fetherston-Dilke - Farrer & Co

Within: Agriculture and estates

The ‘excellent and knowledgeableSimon Pring  is a key member of the ‘personable and proactive’ team at Farrer & Co . Pring has a ‘particularly good knowledge of mineral rights’. The group is praised for ‘dealing with matters on a pragmatic basis and for not always looking to the professional fees first when giving advice’. The ‘prompt and articulateEdmund Fetherston-Dilke  is ‘one of the most talented lawyers around; his advice is concise, practical and helpful’. Other key figures include Paul Krafft, who routinely advises private, charitable and institutional clients on agricultural and rural matters, and James Maxwell, who is known for his work on matters such as landlord and tenant issues, renewables and sporting rights, in addition to rights of access. Highlights included acting for a longstanding client in connection with its purchase of a farm in the Yorkshire Wolds for £2.9m. The purchase was notable for the fact that it included a large wind turbine that was valued at £900,000 which was acquired through a trading subsidiary - this resulted in a number of complex tax issues. In another significant matter it has been advising an institutional client on proposals for a major glasshouse development in a horticultural development area near Chichester.

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London: Real estate

Residential property

Within: Leading individuals

Edmund Fetherston-Dilke - Farrer & Co

Within: Residential property

The lawyers at Farrer & Co ‘stand head and shoulders above their peers in a crowded and competitive area’. The ’outstanding’ team is ‘at the very top of its game’ and is singled out for its handling of prime Central London high-value property transactions. Clients range from leading banks such as Coutts & Co, Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada to high-net-worth individuals, all of whom receive ‘top-class residential conveyancing and tax advice’. Practice head Laurie Horwood and recently promoted partner Laura Conduit are ‘extremely good at providing considered options and solutions to complex problems'. Partner Edmund Fetherston-Dilke's ‘knowledge is incredibly broad ranging from specialist rural and agricultural issues to the workings of the major London estates’. Annabel Dean ‘thinks outside of the box and has a very strong positive approach’; a significant number of her clients are based in the Middle East, including Emirates NBD.

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