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  • Overview

    Agricultural and Rural affairs lawyers undertaking a wide range of work for farmers, rural landowners and businesses
     

    Our Agricultural and Rural Affairs lawyers undertake a wide range of work for farmers, estates and rural landowners and businesses, liaising as necessary across the firm with other team lawyers to ensure the best results for clients both in their business and personal affairs. We aim to understand their businesses and to develop long term relationships, sometimes acting for generations of farming families and estates.

    Our full service team includes Commercial Property lawyers who act for estates, landowners and landowning trusts, tenants and developers in land sales and purchases, agricultural tenancies and lettings, grazing licences, sporting rights, renewable energy projects, development projects (including wayleave agreements and other easements) and planning issues.

    Our Dispute Resolution team can help with regulatory, environmental and planning applications, disputes relating to boundaries, trespassers, squatters, adverse possession and nuisance issues.

    Our Corporate & Commercial lawyers can assist farming businesses by undertaking commercial and contract work for farmers such as the preparation of partnership agreements, supplier contracts, and providing advice on intellectual property rights and regulatory law. Our Employment team can also advise both employers and employees in the agricultural and rural affairs sector.

    Tax and trust issues, wills and succession planning and matrimonial issues are also catered for within our Private Client team advising on all such issues. Advice can also be provided in considering tax reliefs available in connection with the purchase of high value properties.

    We have strong links to the agricultural and farming community and are members of Agricultural Law Association, NFU, BASC, GWCT and Country Land and Business Association. The firm regularly supports the region’s agricultural shows. Sue Lister is shortly to be appointed as one of 12 trustees of the national farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

    For further information please contact our agricultural lawyers.

     

            

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    Thomson Snell & Passmore were instructed by existing clients on the purchase of a large proportion of a tenanted farm in East Sussex.

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    Gilbert Green was contacted by local agents to advise their farming client on an old option that had been granted several years ago to a local housebuilder.

    The commercial property team advise on an Agricultural Holdings Act

    Thomson Snell & Passmore were instructed via land agents to help resolve an issue with the surrender part of an Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA) tenancy agreement of land in an estate, and a sub-tenancy (FBT) under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.

    Brexit uncertainty brings extra considerations for commercial property deal

    The commercial property team at Thomson Snell & Passmore has recently assisted a young farming couple with a move from one county to East Sussex.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advise on complex 70 acre farm

    Thomson Snell & Passmore represent substantial farming partnership

    We have since advised the partnership in the purchase of a large part of an estate adjacent to its existing farms over which the partnership had old and new tenancy agreements

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advise on windfarm lease agreement

    Thomsons Snell & Passmore are acting for a client in granting an option for lease over a wind farm on the client’s farmland.

    Purchase of organic farming company

    We have acted for a longstanding individual client in connection with a recent business venture - the purchase of the entire share capital in a private family company involved in organic farming

    Probate sale of complex farming estate and farming business

    TSP’s multi-disciplinary team were able to provide a seamless, expert and sensitive service to a farming family with a farming company and a mixture of residential and agricultural property.

    Securing the wealth of the next generation of a Kent farming family

    Gilbert Green leads a multi-disciplinary team which has provided advice to a leading farming family on the sale of land for development, the purchase of new land and the efficient structuring of their existing holdings.

    Sale of treasured family farm

    Penelope Edgar acted on the sale of three lots of former agricultural land. The sale was both complex and sensitive as the family had grown up on the land and were sad to lose it.

    Getting the most from the sale of family land

    Penelope Edgar negotiated the sale of the last of a family’s land to their commercial tenant. The deal included overage provisions to ensure that our clients will receive a share in the event that the land is developed in future.

    Taking the time to advise you properly

    Sue Lister took the time to explain to our clients all of the issues raised by the sale of their family farm. This personal approach ensured the sale went through as quickly and smoothly as possible. Our clients were delighted.

    A commercial approach to a sand and gravel lease

    Sue Lister worked to a tight deadline to prepare complex documentation in support of our client’s commercial deal. Her approach ensured everything completed on time.

    Restructuring a farming business to save tax

    Our multi-disciplinary team worked with a farming partnership to transfer its assets to a new limited company in order to save tax. Our expertise and experience ensured the success of the deal.

    Helping a client to incorporate solar into their farm

    Our client, the farmer, was looking to make two key changes to his farm. He wanted to build over part of the land to create a solar farm and sell off another part of the farm for development.

    Helping a farming company negotiate a disposal of land to a national housebuilder

    Our client, a family farming company, owned land on the edge of a town earmarked for possible expansion.  We were called in by the company’s land agents to advise on terms proposed by a national housebuilder for an option to acquire the land, involving long term promotion through the plan process.  

    Helping a trust to sell their farmland to a house builder for ongoing return

    Our client, a family trust, needed to sell their farmland as a way to generate much needed income for the beneficiaries. We helped the trust to negotiate the sale of former farmland to a national house builder for residential development.

    Helping a trust to prepare their agriculture land for residential development and secure a sale

    This client story involves one of our longstanding clients; a Trust of which Gilbert Green is a Trustee.  Our client was able to gain from our knowledge of them, the site and our experience in negotiating planning agreements and dealing with national house builders.

    Promoting farm land to national house builder

    We acted for two farming families with adjoining holdings in the negotiation and exchange of a long term option to a national house builder to promote the joint site for residential development.

    Young couple taking over the farming family business

    We have recently helped a young couple who have taken over the farming business set up many years ago by the husband’s family in East Sussex.

    Sale of mineral operations

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    Our client sells plant-based products online to both consumers and other businesses.

    £7,500 for pedestrian injured in road traffic accident

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Personal Injury team who recently recovered £7,500 in a personal injury claim for Mrs X who was a pedestrian hit by a car.

  • Latest Updates

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    Recent changes in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates may have caused confusion as to what rates apply in certain circumstances, not least when purchasing farms and estates. 

    Quick response for farmers in distress

    The irony of farming is that it involves long term future planning, yet the best laid plans can turn into failure so quickly. No more so than this year, with its cold winter, wet spring and drought-ridden summer and now, as a result, the prospect of a tough winter in some sectors. 

    A step back in time with the Food and Drink Networking Club

    If you work in the food and drink industry and would like to come along then please get in touch.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s, Penelope Edgar, achieves her ALA Fellowship

    Leading South East Law firm, Thomson Snell & Passmore, is pleased to announce that Senior Associate, Penelope Edgar, has achieved her certificate to become part of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) Fellowship. To date, there are 144 ALA Fellows, and further to Penelope’s recent addition, there are only four other Fellows based in the Kent and Sussex area.  

    The Horticultural Sector – coping, being positive and carrying on!

    The Office for National Statistics published an article in February 2018  “Labour in the agricultural industry, UK: February 2018”

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    Debate could become frack-tious

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    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s bumper year in the Chambers UK rankings

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is pleased to announce its excellent rankings in the new Chambers UK guide, published last week.

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Gilbert was available and attentive. He was clear in his explanation of legal matters and risks.

Client

"They have a number of people who are key and committed to farming - very good, very established, very professional.” "Good commercial and agricultural property lawyers."

Chambers UK 2016

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides ‘a comprehensive legal service’ and ‘deals with clients in a professional and competent manner.'

The Legal 500 2017

"I would say that their strongest points are that they are approachable, contactable and confident in dealing with issues that arise."  

Chambers UK 2018

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