Agricultural Law

Our Property Law team has experience in acting for sellers, purchasers, landlords and tenants of agricultural and rural land.

We have a breadth of experience and knowledge ranging from advice on agricultural tenancies and land development, to financing and licences.

We understand that no two transactions are the same and we make a point of getting to know our clients to understand their individual or business needs. This gives us the best foundation to ensure we deliver a commercially astute and tailored service.

Our expertise includes:

  • Agricultural finance
  • Agricultural tenancies – including 1986 Act Tenancies, Farm Business Tenancies and associated succession rights
  • Development of agricultural and rural land
  • Easements and covenants
  • Equestrian property
  • Grazing licences
  • Land and Property Disputes
  • Landowners – Selling Land for Development
  • Mineral and sporting rights
  • Renewable Energy
  • Riparian rights and liabilities
  • Rural Payments Agency & Basic Payment Scheme advice
  • Sale and purchase of agricultural and rural land
    Our Recent Experience
    • £3 million+ acquisition of a 44 acre property comprising a residential dwelling, staff accommodation, livery & training yard and agricultural land.
    • £2 million sale of a 73 acre agricultural property subject to a farm business tenancy.
    • The acquisition of a mixed use site which included listing buildings, farmhouses and other agricultural buildings, residential accommodation and 18 acres of paddock and pasture for in excess of £2.6 million.

    Joshua Watkins provided an exceptional service on the purchase of our first rural property. He pre-empted many of our questions and was comfortable providing thoughtful advice & solutions to our concerns. He had a great balance of keeping us up to date but not overloading us with information. I would strongly recommend using Josh and Herrington Carmichael in the future.

    - Agricultural Client

    Agricultural Articles

    A Brief Guide to Agricultural Tenancies

    If you are renting agricultural land or buildings, you are likely to be an agricultural tenant. There are two main categories of agricultural tenancy and each imposes different rights and responsibilities on both landlords and tenants. It is therefore important to...

    Selling Land with the Benefit of Planning – Preparation for Sale

    With the increasing demand for land to help house our growing population, a large number of landowners who may have previously been overlooked as potential development sites are now starting to become more attractive to the discerning developer. Herrington Carmichael...

    Benefits of Land Registration

    HM Land Registry are aiming to achieve comprehensive land registration across England and Wales by 2030. This is also a key target for the Government as it will help them in identifying areas suitable for housing development. Registration is the official recording of...

    What is a planning agreement and who needs to be a party?

    A Section 106 agreement is an agreement entered into between landowners or developers and local planning authorities (“LPAs”) as part of the planning process. A Section 106 agreement is the most common form of planning agreement and is made under Section 106 of the...

    Adverse possession – does a fence matter?

    Adverse possession (commonly known as “squatter’s rights”) is continuously using land which is owned by someone else, as your own for a period of time, and then applying to be registered as the legal owner of the land. The land must be used exclusively by you without...

    Landowners: What is overage?

    The use of overage agreements is now widespread and it is easy to understand why.  After all, who wouldn’t want to create the chance of some additional cash, long after their land or property is sold? What is Overage?Sometimes referred to as “clawback”, overage refers...

    Implied Easement – Landmark Case

    The Upper Tribunal decided in the recent case of Taurusbuilt Limited and Others v McQue and another (2019) UKUP 81 (LC), an easement can be implied as a term of a mortgage deed. The ruling is the first of its kind. Mr and Mrs Ward owned properties, 2 The Halls and...

    Can I cut down a tree on my land?

    When buying a property, trees on the land may not be the first thing on your mind.  However, the regulatory status of trees is important because it may affect your ability to prune or remove them. Who owns the tree?A tree belongs to the person on whose land the tree...

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    Latest news & insights

    Plot Sales FAQs

    Plot Sales FAQs

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    What is Alienation?

    What is Alienation?

    ‘Alienation’ is the right granted in a lease for a tenant to assign, sublet, or share occupation of their property.

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    We are solicitors in Camberley, Wokingham and London. In 2019, Herrington Carmichael won ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the Thames Valley Business Magazines Property Awards, ‘Best Medium Sized Business’ at the Surrey Heath Business Awards and we were named IR Global’s ‘Member of the Year’. We are ranked as a Leading Firm 2020 by Legal 500 and Alistair McArthur is ranked in Chambers 2020.

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