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  • Overview

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

    Our leading team of lawyers can guide you through all areas of agricultural and rural affairs. Whether you require assistance with a farm sale, farm purchase or any other agricultural work, our experts are here to help you. Our expertise and experience across Kent and the South East, make us an excellent choice for local farmers and landowners. Other areas of expertise include:

    • Sales and purchases of land
    • Farm business tenancies, including farm sales and farm purchases
    • Commercial lettings
    • Residential lettings
    • Estate management
    • Diversification and planning applications
    • Sporting rights and lettings
    • Regulatory, environmental and planning proceedings
    • Disputes relating to boundaries, trespassers, squatters, nuisance and adverse possession
    • Employment issues
    • Tax planning
    • Wills and trusts
    • Probate
    • Personal tax.

    For further information please contact our agricultural lawyers.



  • Related Client Stories

    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

    We acted for a long established mining company in the sale to another mining company of an option to take a mineral lease of land with the benefit of planning consent to extract sand and gravel.

    Frontier Agriculture v Bratt Brothers (a Firm) [2015] EWCA Civ 611

    A farmer acting in person has successively persuaded the Court of Appeal to set aside an order of the Commercial Court made against him which granted permission to enforce an arbitration award under 66 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

    £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

    Selling or letting property – a warning against misrepresentation

    Selling or letting property – a warning against misrepresentation

    Farm inspection visits

    Farm inspection visits

    Stamp Duty Land Tax on mixed use properties

    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. 

    Debate could become frack-tious

    This time last year we reported on the impact of the forthcoming General Election on fracking (hydraulic extaction of shale oil and gas), and the impact on landowners’ rights. One year on, the government’s commitment to the fracking industry is clear.

    Agricultural property relief (APR) Q&A

    Each month solicitors Thomson Snell & Passmore will be answering frequently asked questions from across the practice. This month, it is Helen Stewart, Partner and Head of Probate, has answered two common issues surrounding agricultural property relief (APR).

    Best Lawyer award

    We are delighted that Partners Simon Brown and Gilbert Green have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the forth edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom ®.

    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.

    Grazing agreements – who’s the keeper?

    By Sue Lister, Senior Associate in the Commercial Property team.

    Manorial Rights

    By Sue Lister, Senior Associate in Commercial Property & Development. First published in South East Farmer in September 2012.

    Avoiding empty property business rates

    By Sue Lister, Senior Associate in Commercial Property & Development. First published in South East Farmer in September 2012.

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


"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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