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Birkett Long LLP

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Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester

Emma Coke

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Birkett Long LLP

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I am an experienced agricultural solicitor

 act for private landowners and investors on transactional work and for lenders in obtaining security over these properties.  I handle all aspects of the transaction including the transfer of single payments and transferring obligations under agri-environment schemes and development clawback agreements.  I am well placed to deal with the complexities of EU legislation which drives this area as I have a Masters degree in European Law.

I also act for farmers on their diversification projects through building conversions, wind farms, leisure and mineral exploitation and where they are selling land for non-agricultural use.

In addition I have a wide experience of tenancy work including advising on the Agricultural Holdings Act, preparing Farm Business Tenancies and Assured Shorthold Tenancies for farm cottages.


Associate Solicitor in the rural division of the Real Estate team in Colchester.


have built up a strong client base and have a loyal following of clients.  I strongly believe in supporting the local farming community. I am married to a farmer which gives me a practical insight into farming issues and I have a long association with the farming/equine industries. .


I sit on the committee of the Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association and I am a member of the Agricultural Law Association, the Country Land and Business Association and the National Sheep Association

South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Birkett Long LLP is praised for its 'broad and deep experience and expertise', which makes its agriculture and estates team 'as good and in many cases better than others in the region'. The practice is headed by the 'very knowledgeable and helpful' Caroline Dowding, who 'finds exactly the right balance between professionalism and approachability'; she has wide-ranging expertise covering taxation, succession planning, partnership agreements, powers of attorney, and trusts and probate. Other key figures include the 'extremely thorough' Emma Coke, who is noted for her track record handling agriculture-related transactions; Bruce Ballard, who advises individuals on tax planning; and Katie Gibson-Green. The practice continued to act in a dispute related to a historic agricultural tenancy regulated under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, which settled in mid-2017 with consent to assign negotiated on behalf of the client and the landlord conceding its proprietary estoppel claim.

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