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Racehorse owners have you got your tax affairs in order?

Lucy Steven
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Horse racing has at last returned (albeit behind closed doors) following a short hiatus during lockdown which sadly saw the demise of this year’s Grand National meeting and the postponement of the Derby and the Oaks. However, now that racing is back,...

How to secure your farm business for the next generation

Lucy Steven
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Spring is a busy time for farmers and those who support them. Lambing, calving and the last of the spring drilling means that there is little time to think about the long-term plans for the farm business. 2020 has been no exception to this. With many farmers...

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Isobel Willoughby
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Every business we speak to at the moment is seeking ways to mitigate the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic . Of particular importance to our clients is protecting their workforce, and trying to avoid the need for lay-offs, wage reductions, and...

Setting up a horse riding or trekking centre

Lucy Steven
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Spring is just around the corner and after a difficult winter due to the wet weather and flooding, many businesses in Ryedale will be considering how to make the tourist season of 2020 a profitable one. Ryedale and its neighbouring areas of Hambleton and the...

Environmental Land Management Scheme ELMS

Emma Morris
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The government has published a policy and progress update, Farming for the Future (2020), which updated the policy statement published in 2018. The statement provides information on how the policies after Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will ensure...

Drainage rules to protect our rivers

Clair Douglas
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There are approximately 1 million properties in the UK which are not connected to mains drainage.  It is particularly common for rural properties to have a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant in place of main drainage. In 2015 the requirements...

Uncertainty hangs over agriculture

Ian Barnard
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As we come to the end of the year, there is an argument to say that it has been a missed opportunity for a number of reasons, as there was potential for the year to be ground breaking on various different fronts. The start of the year began with a number of...

Middle of the road - where is the boundary?

Clair Douglas
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Clair Douglas, Head of the Agricultural Department at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, looks at the issue of locating the boundary line if your land borders a road, track and/or path. Where your land abuts a private road or track the Land Registry title plans...

Our Legal 500 2020 UK ranking

Duncan Morter
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The Directors at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors are delighted to announce that the firm's skill in Private Client, Agricultural & Estates work has been acknowledged by our admission to The Legal 500 2020 United Kingdom Edition. The Legal 500 United...

Skipping a generation for a landowning farmer

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As a landowning farmer, what should you do if your adult children do not want to farm but you want to keep the opportunity open for your young or even unborn grandchildren? Inevitably, some form of trust arrangement is required. The suitable trust depends...

Is your Biomass Boiler still compliant?

Amy Clarkson
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Many owners of biomass boilers are unaware that there are ongoing obligations that must be complied with in order to continue to receive RHI payments. Even if the biomass boiler was installed correctly and you received confirmation of accreditation, you must...

The Family Business

Isobel Willoughby
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We see a significant number of clients who are farming in partnership with their family members and, of course, such arrangements frequently run perfectly smoothly. Any reluctance to formalise the family partnership in a written agreement is therefore...

Residential Landlords; beware of planned changes

Adele Holliday
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The government is consulting on planned changes to the way residential tenancy agreements can be terminated by landlords, which would end ‘no fault’ evictions, and could effectively make open ended tenancies a reality. Agricultural Holdings Act...

Contract Checking Service for NFU Members

Ian Barnard
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As the weather improves, with Summer not far around the corner, the time pressures on agricultural businesses are becoming greater and you can be forgiven for not reading the small print when purchasing goods and equipment or providing services or products....

Proposals for Reform of Agricultural Tenancies

Amy Clarkson
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The Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) has published a report with recommendations on a reform of agricultural tenancies. Following this report, Defra has launched a consultation on the proposed changes, which will run until 2 July 2019. The plans put...

Sheep Worrying and your rights

Clair Douglas
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Sheep worrying seems to be becoming increasingly more widespread and somewhat more controversial given the sensitivity to both farmers and dog owners.   According to Sheep Watch UK about 15,000 sheep are killed each year by pet dogs, when dogs...

Advice on issues surrounding rivers running through your land

Clair Douglas
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We have been looking at some interesting points for landowners who are fortunate enough to have rivers running through their land. In terms of boundaries the general rule or presumption is that where your land abuts a non-tidal river then your boundary will...

Fly Tipping - who pays and what can be done?

Clair Douglas
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Fly tipping is a real problem for land owners and needs to be taken very seriously in terms of the impact that it has in rural areas.  Not only is it a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife but it also...

Domestic Abuse - Do you need protection?

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In this article we touch on an issue that casts a shadow on all sectors of our Community and can affect Rural Communities just as much as Urban, so much so that a recent Government announcement confirmed an extra £4 million is to be allocated to the...

Brexit continues to be Brexit

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As Brexit continues to be Brexit the new Agriculture Bill has commenced its way through the Commons with a first reading in October and now with Select Committee, prior to returning to the Commons in December from whence, if approved, it is passed up to the...

Avoiding pitfalls of family disputes

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Orlando Bridgeman suggests how farming families can avoid disputes. There has been a steady flow of divided farming families taking each other to court over the past few years, usually following someone’s death. Such behaviour has doubtless been...

Getting ahead on registering land

Clair Douglas
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According to recent figures from the Land Registry a significant percentage of land in England and Wales is still unregistered and a large part of that is agricultural and rural land. Why? Well, agricultural land often remains within the same ownership...

The New Agriculture Bill

Clair Douglas
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The new Agriculture Bill, setting out the policy framework for supporting UK Agriculture post-Brexit, is due to be introduced into Parliament today (12 September 2018). As the Government previously indicated, the new policy will not include a cap on...

NFU reappoints Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors to the Legal Panel

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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors has successfully been reappointed as one of two law firms on the National Farmers Union (NFU) Legal Panel for the North East region following an intensive six-month review. Jennifer Bartram, Senior Director and Head of the...

What to do if you have an invasive plant growing on your land

Adele Holliday
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Would you know if you had an invasive plant growing on your land ?  If you were savvy enough to identify such a plant, would you know what you need to do, from a legal perspective, and what you should do, as a preventative measure? There is much...

Permission for metal detecting on your land

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There have been recent news stories reporting on night time digging for artefacts at Hadrian’s Wall. Historic England are working with the police and National Crime Agency to try to identify the nighthawks. The vast majority of metal detecting in...

Allowing a mast onto your land or even renewing an old agreement?

Ian Barnard
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For many landowners, an attractive way to utilise their land without creating too much disruption to their core farming business, was to allow telecommunication masts to be erected on their land. Whilst not visually attractive, the masts would generally be...

Planning Change is Welcome News

Adele Holliday
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The Housing Minister has announced recently that permitted development rights relating to agricultural buildings in our rural communities, are to be extended. Farmers and land owners have long been voicing opinions about the complicated, unpredictable and...

Planning for your future care needs

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What happens to the assets of an elderly farmer who needs to go into care? Farming families are treated particularly harshly when it comes to payment of care fees. It is common for an elderly farmer to farm in partnership with his child or children, so...

Orlando Bridgeman explains the Inheritance Tax rules behind livery businesses

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You may find it illogical that a field used for grazing cattle benefits from Inheritance Tax relief (in the form of Agricultural Property Relief (APR)) but where horses graze the field there is generally no relief (with the notable exception of stud farms)....

Post-Brexit farming is still in the balance

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2017 seems to have reached December at a relentless pace and has been dominated domestically by Brexit.  The future of agricultural interests seems still in the balance with deal awaited although, as ever, one just around the corner.  Michael Gove...

Mines and Minerals; do you know your rights?

Adele Holliday
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Minerals are commonly defined as a ‘substance of exceptional use, value and character’.   Oil is likely the first which springs to mind when thinking of what may be under your land, but other minerals which could belong to you are...

Take a closer look at diversification - is it for your farm?

Clair Douglas
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Most farmers understand the basic concept of diversification e.g. utilising your land for commercial ventures other than agricultural matters, such as renewable energy, farm shops or office development of redundant buildings. Economic changes particularly...

Successful succession planning talk at GYS

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Join us as we talk about...Successful succession planning for a farm business at this years' Great Yorkshire Show. Wednesday 12 July 2.30pm-3.30pm Great Yorkshire Show Seminar Room, Hall 1 Take the taboo out of succession planning and be proactive....

Buying a horse - Your rights if it goes wrong

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Buying a horse is a significant purchase. The likelihood is that you will be spending substantial money so it is extremely important that you know your rights in the event that things go wrong.   There are steps you can take to protect yourself...

Summer Shows 2017

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The Great Yorkshire Show We are going to be back at the Great Yorkshire Show this year! We are looking forward to another brilliant year at the show so come and say “hello” to us in the Members Area and on the NFU trade stand. Driffield Show...

Agricultural News

Ian Barnard
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New Contract Checking Service for NFU Members Before you sign any contract, you need to understand what you’re getting yourself into. That is why the NFU is offering a Contract Checking Service to all their farmer and grower members, in conjunction...

Why pre-nuptial agreements are more common on the farm

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The pre-nuptial agreement sets out how a couple wish their assets to be divided, or in some cases wholly retained by one party, if they later separate or divorce. It is generally entered into in order to protect individual livelihoods or to maintain an...

Flood damage for farmers

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As the waters recede from floods that have covered much of this area, farmers are surveying damaged crops and assessing their losses.   For many, the options do not include insurance claims which often exclude flooding and “Act of...

News for the Agricultural Community

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This week witnessed the launch of a new rural “10 point plan rural productivity plan” and an allied article in the Daily Telegraph carries a piece by Chancellor George Osborne and Defra Secretary Liz Truss in which they reveal details of their...