James Frankland > HCR Hewitsons > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

HCR Hewitsons
50-60 Station Road

Work Department

Agricultural and Rural Business


Legal Director


James acts for private landowners on the sale and purchase of agricultural land and farm mortgages. He deals with a range of properties from large estates, farms and country houses to paddocks, cottages and barn conversions. He also acts for banks on obtaining security over these kinds of properties and for landowning charities.

He has experience of voluntary registrations at the Land Registry of large estates and has dealt with the conveyancing aspects of inter-family land rearrangements (often including partnerships and trusts).

James also assists clients with the acquisition and disposal of development sites including overage or development claw back and the grant of rights for utilities.

Through his on going estate advisory work James has experience of Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and preparing Farm Business Tenancies and Assured Shorthold Tenancies.  He also advises on land management agreements.


James is a member of the Agricultural Law Association.


James has advised on rural property since 2004 and has an interest in rural heritage, nature and the countryside.  Professionally his interests include Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Next Generation Partners)

James Frankland – HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge ‘works to a high professional standard, is well informed, and covers all necessary disciplines and covers them well‘. In 2021, the firm handled sales and purchases of agricultural land with a total value in excess of £250m. It also acted for landowners in strategic land agreements valued at more than £700m. Head of agriculture and rural affairs Denise Wilkinson and private client partner Elizabeth Davies, who frequently leads the agriculture team’s work on estates matters, are ‘both thorough, tenacious and responsive‘. Wilkinson, who is ‘pragmatic and very focused‘, has a broad practice advising smaller farmers, landed estates or major institutions. Newly promoted partner James Frankland handles property matters, as does legal director Emily Pumfrey, who joined from Greenwoods Legal.