Burges Salmon guide for landowners, farmers and rural businesses

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22 December 2011

A comprehensive guide to the law for landowners, farmers and rural businesses, presented in a series of articles written in an accessible, straightforward style, has been launched by Burges Salmon.

The Burges Salmon Guide for Landowners and Farmers, known as the 'Pink Book', covers topics as diverse as buying, selling and developing farmland, estate planning, trusts and partnerships, planning and employment law. Written without legalese or jargon, the book aims to give readers a thorough understanding of current law as applied to farming, land management and associated issues.

"Our years of experience in dealing with clients in the land-based sector tell us there is a real need for a reference book of this type. The complexity of issues such as tenancies, family partnerships and tax planning can be daunting and the Pink Book aims to provide a comprehensive reference guide," said William Neville, partner and head of food, farming and land at Burges Salmon.

"For example, mistakes made on succession planning or land sales can mean significant financial tax penalties; we hope that, by using The Pink Book, landowners have a better understanding of the risks and how to avoid them. The book is not intended to replace legal advice, but to give an indication of when legal expertise or representation would be prudent or necessary."

Each section includes worked examples, case studies and tabulated data to illustrate the area of law under discussion. Relevant legislation is also cited, along with standard procedures to be followed in dealing with issues such as employee tribunals or health and safety risk management.

"As every farmer and landowner knows, the requirements and legislation governing land-based businesses are manifold and complex. We hope The Pink Book will become an essential book on the farm office shelf in helping navigate these requirements," said Mr Neville.

The Burges Salmon Guide for Landowners and Farmers is priced at £45 and available by contacting Paul Kitson at Burges Salmon via paul.kitson@burges-salmon.com.

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