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Irwin Mitchell

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Iain MacLeod

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Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Commercial property.


Partner in the property practice group’s rural business and estates team, sports and leisure and charities team. Experienced in acquisition, development, disposal and letting of commercial and agricultural property, acting for investors, property companies, charities, landlords, tenants, farmers and landowners. Notary public.


Trained Freshfields; qualified 1980; equity partner and head of commercial property department and chair of firm’s management committee; Downs 1982-2001; partner Thomas Eggar LLP 2001; trainee principal 2002-04; deputy managing partner 2004-06; head of property division 2006-07; head of property practice group 2007 to 2010. Director of The Lifetrain Trust; Trustee of The Denbies Trust, St Kilda Trust and The William Cole Church Music Trust, chair of The Gatwick Diamond Business Association.


French, German.


Law Society; Notaries’ Society; Country Land and Business Association (Surrey branch); Agricultural Law Association; The Gatwick Diamond Business Association (executive board member); member of the national Business and Rural Economy Committee of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).


Portsmouth Grammar School; Oxford University (1977 MA Jurisprudence); College of Law, Guildford (1978).


Choral singing, chair of The William Cole Church Music Trust, past chairman of Guildford Chamber Choir. Former Church Warden, St Martin’s Church, Dorking.

South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Iain MacLeod - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Agriculture and estates

Irwin Mitchell's agriculture and estate practice 'has emerged as a leader in this field in the South East', with clients singling out practice head James Pavey for his ability to combine 'a fantastic eye for detail, strong strategic and tactical nous, and a passion for client care'. The practice, which is formed of the merged teams from legacy firms Thomas Eggar and Berkeley Law, comprises  specialists who act for private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector, including 38 landed and agricultural estates on the full range of agricultural matters, from high-value tax planning advice to routine property management work. Recent highlights include acting for Denbies Wine Estate on the sale of development land forming part of a large rural estate; and advising a registered charity on the sale of a 15th century listed house in 22 acres of parkland, which involved handling planning issues related to its listed status and compliance with the Charities Act regarding the surveyor's report. Pavey's expertise encompasses public and private law advice on behalf of rural landholdings, high-net-worth individuals and institutional landowners. Also recommended are Iain MacLeod, who acts for large estates as well as smaller estates and farms; James Letchford, who relocated to the firm's Gatwick office in 2017 and acts for landowners in development matters; Andrew Parry, who has significant expertise in lifetime and post-death tax and succession planning; and senior associate Nicola Gooch, who handles rural planning and environmental matters.

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