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Freeths LLP

5000 OXFORD BUSINESS PARK SOUTH, OXFORD, OX4 2BH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01865 780 1000
Fax:
Fax 01865 778504
DX:
45418 COWLEY
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk

Sarah Duffy

Tel:
Work 01865 781147
Email:
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Agricultural and rural land.

Position

Partner handling rural property and development work, acting for farmers, landowners, HNW individuals and landed estates. Advises clients on a full range of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters including acquisitions, disposals and tenancies and the grant of ancilliary rights. Specific experience of drafting conditional contracts and promotion, option and overage agreements, primarily for residential developments but also for renewables projects, and advises clients on the development of green field sites.

Career

Trained at Putsmans (now Shakespeares) 2005-07, qualified 2007, assistant solicitor at Shakespeares 2007-10, moved to Henmans (now Freeths) in 2010 as assistant solicitor, made associate in 2012, senior associate in 2013 and partner in 2015.

Member

Agricultural Law Association (member and fellow); Country Land & Business Association.

Education

Cardiff University (2002 LLB Law); University of West of England (2004 LPC).

Leisure

Travel, running and mid-century modern architecture and design.


South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Freeths LLP attracts praise for its 'excellent grasp of agricultural law', with clients singling out practice head Iain Davis ('approachable, very knowledgeable and supremely efficient'), Samantha Leigh ('highly knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile') and the 'hugely efficient' Sarah Duffy as key figures among the sizeable team. Also recommended are tax, probate and trusts specialist Jane Maitland, Balvinder Jaj, who is noted for his focus on greenfield and brownfield site developments and agricultural lending, and Lesley Pollock, who specialises in the acquisition and disposal of country houses. In an illustration of the practice's agricultural property expertise, Duffy led the team assisting with a grant of promotion agreement over 25 acres of land near Didcot, Oxford, as well as acting on the acquisition of adjoining land and the negotiation and grant of an option agreement with the county council in respect a school expansion site. In another highlight, Leigh assisted the trustees of a landed estate with the letting of a listed manor house, including advising on the consequences of the removal of the land from a stewardship scheme and sale of entitlements.

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