There are many structures and relationships that define farming businesses, as well as domestic and European laws that govern them. This means farmers and owners of rural land often require specialist agricultural advice to help them navigate their way through a wide range of complex legal issues.
Our team of farming lawyers have an in-depth understanding of farming law and advise on all aspects of farming businesses, including partnership formation, corporate/joint venture structuring, tax and succession planning, and land ownership.
In addition, we also specialise in rural land ownership. We are able to deliver practical and commercial legal advice to our clients by drawing on the expertise of other practice areas within the firm, including property, tax and estate planning and the challenging issues of passing property to the next generation.
Our farming lawyers can provide extensive insight on the UK agriculture industry and have a thorough knowledge of European regulations and subsidies, allowing them to advise on the most up-to-date European farming law.
We have published The Pink Book 2, Burges Salmon’s legal 'bible' for landowners and farmers. The book covers topics as diverse as buying, selling and developing farmland, estate planning, trusts and partnerships, planning and employment law and is free to download.
Areas of focus
Our expertise in farming law includes the following:
- Partnership formation.
- Corporate/joint venture structuring.
- Succession planning.
- Sales, purchases and mortgages.
- Partnership administration and bankruptcy.
- Disputes (property and general disputes).
- Real estate.
- Tax and estate planning.