Arnold Thomson > Market Harborough, England > Firm Profile

Arnold Thomson
LE16 7WB

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Arnold Thomson is a prominent choice for all matters relating to agricultural property, development work, promotional agreements for farmers and landowners, and other related agricultural commercial matters. Matthew Hawkins is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hawkins

Founded in 1990, Arnold Thomson is a firm of highly experienced solicitors and legal experts, providing legal advice and skillful guidance to farmers, landowners, private clients and commercial property owners.

The firm: Arnold Thomson originally specialised in agricultural property and rural estate. The firm has however witnessed considerable growth over the last 30 years, and while it retains this niche area of expertise, it has extended its areas of specialty to also cover commercial property; residential property; and wills, probate, inheritance tax and trusts. The firm’s particular areas of expertise also include development work for both landowner clients and developers (for both residential and commercial development and also renewable energy schemes) and partnership agreements as well as general succession planning options.

Although a fair percentage of the firm’s clients are local, its coverage is nationwide. Arnold Thomson is renowned for its unrivalled level of expertise, as well as its traditional approach to client care. It is committed to looking after its clients’ best interests in all of its practice areas. There is also a very high level of overlap in practice areas where agricultural property clients are also private clients in need of wills and probate services, for instance. The large majority of clients are repeat clients or clients referred to the firm by existing clients and our fellow professionals, who value the firm’s blend of traditional and innovative approach which promotes personal relationships while ensuring that their matters are professionally and robustly dealt with.

A small but distinguished and reputable firm, Arnold Thomson has witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years. It is very much attuned to changes and developments not only in the legal profession, but also in technology and the effect it has on the legal process. It is strategically positioned to continue to deliver the best possible results to clients and to look after their best interests. This has been recognised by the Law Society in granting the Firm Lexcel Accreditation. Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care.

Types of work undertaken
Agriculture property and rural businesses: with combined years of unrivalled experience, Arnold Thomson’s agricultural property experts are renowned for their meticulous and robust approach. The dedicated team is always on hand to assist farmers and landowners with agricultural property and rural estate matters; agricultural tenancies; business structures; options and developments; sales and purchases; wind and/or solar farm agreements; IHT and succession planning; sporting rights; environmental law; basic payment schemes; and registrations including first and adverse possession.

Residential property: Arnold Thomson boasts of a dedicated team of experts who deal with every aspect of residential conveyancing. Particular areas of expertise range from sale to purchase, re-mortgage, and transfer of equity to leasehold properties. The firm is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Commercial property: the commercial property team is made up of senior solicitors with several years of experience between them. Their collective wealth of knowledge, proactive approach and meticulous preparation are some of the qualities which make this team unique. The team specialises in every aspect of commercial property, including option and promotion agreements; acquisitions and disposals; deeds of easement; overage or claw-back agreements; tenancies and licences; complex leases; and renewable energy schemes.

Wills, probate, tax and trusts: the firm’s level of expertise, traditional approach and thorough understanding of what families go through following the death of a loved one equip it with the ability to guide clients through the will-making process and to ensure that the best protection is afforded to family members and loved ones. Having worked with bereaved families for more than 3 decades, the Wills & Probate Team at Arnold Thomson understands the difficulties, challenges and complexities involved. With tax also becoming increasingly complex, the team is particularly skilled in inheritance tax, trusts and probate/estate administration.

Other offices: Market Harborough

Director & Head of Agricultural Property & Rural Estates Matt Hawkinsmatt.hawkins@arnoldthomson.com01327350266
Director Alberta Reidalberta.reid@arnoldthomson.com01327350266
Director Kate Austinkate.austin@arnoldthomson.com01327350266
Director & Head of Private Client Nadiya Virani-Blandnadiya.virani-bland@arnoldthomson.com01327350266
Director & HOFA Remi StumpenhusenRemi.stumpenhusen@arnoldthomson.com01327350266
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14