If you are buying or selling a farm you will want expert advice to ensure that your particular transaction proceeds with as little stress as possible.  We have extensive experience in such transactions and provide a comprehensive and cost effective service.

Buying a farm

There are many elements involved in purchasing a farm which require careful attention and the following list of issues to consider is by no means exhaustive:

  • Boundary issues (and we would recommend carrying out a farm visit)
  • Basic Payment Scheme entitlements and their transfer
  • Milk quota
  • ELS & HLS and other grant schemes
  • Sporting rights
  • Access to the public highway
  • Private water supply issues
  • Employment issues
  • Early entry for crop cultivation or holdover by the Seller for existing crops
  • Planning issues
  • Tax considerations

Selling a farm

Once you have decided to sell your farm you will instruct both your selling agent and your solicitor to work closely to ensure that all aspects of the sale are considered prior to marketing.  We can help with:

  • Boundary considerations for the sale brochure
  • Preparing the legal pack to help the sale go smoothly once a buyer is found
  • Ironing out any issues that would be a concern to a buyer
  • Helping with option or overage rights and rights of ‘first refusal’
  • Consideration of BPS Entitlements and schemes
  • Access to crops or storage needed after the sale has completed
  • Providing for a farm equipment auction before the sale has completed
  • Planning documentation
  • Land not being sold that requires rights over the remainder being sold

Whatever your circumstances, we will guide you to a successful completion and ensure that all aspects are considered.

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"is an experienced lawyer dealing with transactions, tenancies and finance work relating to agricultural and landed estates, country houses and equine property."

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How we can help

We can help farmers & land owners with all their legal needs. Please get in touch to find out more.

Meet the team

Grainne Alen-Buckley
Agriculture & Rural Property
01722 426979
Agriculture & Rural Property
Marcus Thorpe
Partner & Head of Agriculture & Rural Property
Agriculture & Rural Property
01722 426932
07876 068 221
Agriculture & Rural Property
Rebecca Gillard
Chartered Legal Executive
Agriculture & Rural Property
+44 (0) 1722 426984
Agriculture & Rural Property
Charlotte West
Agriculture & Rural Property
01722 426928
Agriculture & Rural Property
Kelly Taylor
Agriculture & Rural Property
01722 426920
Agriculture & Rural Property
Laura Emerson
Legal Secretary
Agriculture & Rural Property
01722 426947
Agriculture & Rural Property
Joanne Knight
Legal Secretary
Agriculture & Rural Property
01722 426951
Agriculture & Rural Property

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Marcus Thorpe