Our clients know what they want – the implementation of a deal. We deliver that deal as quickly as possible keeping our client's risk to a minimum.
Right at the start, we find out what our client wants and why, agree the structure and identify the potential risk areas, so we are clear where we are going.
Our core team are experts in agricultural property law, farming and business risk, and specialists in delivering realistic advice on a wide range of rural property transactions.
The firm's history of agricultural law expertise and our collaborative culture ensure that we can draw on other experts in relevant areas such as transactional tax, employment and environmental law who also understand the rural world.
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 agricultural property transactions includes the following:
- Buying and selling farms, country estates and rural property portfolios including farming businesses.
- Implementing deals for the surrender of secure agricultural tenancies in return for payment, land or lease-backs including advice on CGT, SDLT and VAT implications.
- Negotiating overage or development clawback agreements and enforcing them.
- Advising both banks and borrowers on loans secured on agricultural property.
- Agreeing new leases of agricultural, residential and commercial property in the countryside, and assessing whether existing tenancies have security of tenure.
- Managing first registration at the Land Registry of large rural estates.
- Advising on shooting and other sporting rights.
- Securing rights of way by long use or ownership by long occupation.
- Documenting settlement agreements between family members to resolve disputes.