Emma Folkes > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage

Work Department

Real Estate


Partner working within the firm’s Food and Farming team and specialising in non-contentious agricultural property matters. Acts on a wide variety of transactional matters including sales and purchases and the grant of tenancies, and advises on a wide range of issues arising from the ongoing management of farms and estates. Client base is UK-wide and includes landowners, farmers, national institutions and charities.

Recent examples of work: acting on the sale, in parts, of a significant estate comprising let farms, in-hand woodland and cottages. Acting on the sale of a portfolio of rural cottages. Documenting the division of a family farm following the settlement of a complex farming partnership dispute. Working with an institutional landowner on the restructure of agricultural tenancy arrangements. Acting on the acquisition of strategic land subject to complex overage obligations relating to future development.


Trained Trowers & Hamlins LLP, qualified 2003; Trowers & Hamlins LLP (2001-2006); Forsters LLP (2006-2007); Burges Salmon (2007-present); Partner 2017.


Agricultural Law Association.


Attended Girton College, University of Cambridge (Geography 1999); University of the West of England, Bristol (Post Graduate Diploma in Law 2000; Legal Practice Course 2001); Member, Board of Governors, Harper Adams University.


Country walks and inns, National Trust visits and quilting.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Next Generation Partners)

Emma FolkesBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP provides specialist advice to their high-profile clients, from agri-businesses to landowners and landed estates. Advising on both national and cross-border matters, the team’s expertise extends to all aspects of food and agricultural law. Practice head Tom Hewitt – who sits on the Country Landowners’ Association national taxation committee – specialises in tax, trust and property advice. Kevin Kennedy, whose regular workload includes tenancy advice and real property disputes, is noted for his ‘technical knowledge and expertise.’ Other notable individuals include Emma Folkes, Ross Simpson, Tim Williams, and Maddie Dunn.