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 for...
Our Malton office in North Yorkshire is a leading name in agricultural law services and we have worked with multiple agriculture and land owners in the area for many years.
The agricultural law department we have is made up of legal experts who are specialist in this field, including Jennifer Bartram who has lectured with the Agricultural Valuers Association on Single Farm Payment Introduction. All members of the team regularly lecture in local agricultural seminars too, offering legal advice to local individuals.
We are also proud to be appointed as one of only two solicitors to provide legal advice and expertise to the National Farmers Union North East members. Find out more about the NFU Legal Panel here.
Our expertise in agricultural law includes the following areas:
Agricultural Land Purchases
If you are looking to buy agricultural land, we can offer our legal advice on this often challenging process. With a growing demand for this type of land purchase, we’ll help you avoid the pitfalls and explore the best opportunities. We can also help with selling agricultural land.
RPA entitlements, Woodland Grant Schemes and Stewardship Schemes
The government regularly reviews national schemes such as the Woodland Grant and Stewardship Scheme, which means you need to stay one step ahead too. Our legal team will ensure you have all the necessary information to protect any grants you could be entitled to.
General Property Issues
There’s a plethora of property issues surrounding property and land development, which is why your Crombie Wilkinson solicitor will help you understand the fine details of agricultural law and help to prepare the necessary legal documentation.
Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies
An Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy is a key part of succession planning. If you are a landlord, it can mean an asset is tied up and the value is decreased over many years. Talk to us if you need specialist legal advice.
Farm Business Tenancies
Essentially just a type of business lease, a farm business tenancy has different agreement terms and we can advise on the qualifying conditions as well as all the small details that prepare you for this type of lease.
Grants of Easements
As agricultural law specialists, we regularly deal with matters such as gas pipes, electrical lines and mobile phone aerials when considering rights over neighbouring land and any implications this may have. We also specialise in private right of way; a common concern with agricultural land purchases.
Farm Diversification Schemes
There are a number of schemes in place which can generate new sources of income through farm diversification. As a law firm we have significant expertise in diversifying farmland to create caravan and leisure parks.
Chancel Repair and Manorial Rights
Your land ownership may mean you are liable for repairs to a church, specifically the chancel. It may also mean that you have specific manorial rights for hunting, for example. We will provide you with the facts on both chancel repairs and manorial rights.
Rights of Way, Commons/Village Green Issues
We can advise on rights of way and also advise on whether the land you are looking to purchase is common land or a village green. Both developed and undeveloped land require specific legal considerations that we can detail to you.
Tax and Will Planning
Any time a purchase takes place, be it residential property or commercial land, we always advise that a will is drafted or updated to take into account the new acquisition. In addition, we can provide tax planning advice throughout the process.
Getting the necessary partnership agreements in place is an important of any agricultural business planning. Our team will prepare the legal documentation to ensure we have you covered. Please note, our company law partnership agreements are dealt with from our York office.
Farm Cottages / Letting
Our agricultural law team can advise on farm cottages and the letting of such buildings. Please note, all possession matters are handled in our York office.
With two agricultural employment law specialists in the firm, you can be sure you’re in safe hands from a legal perspective. Whether you’re looking to employ new people or need assistance with the administrative legal side, we can help.
Sporting / Hunting
Your chosen area of agricultural land may have specific sporting rights and this extends to hunting too. We can inform you of your legal rights as well as prepare sporting legal agreements as required.
Equine matters and Grazing Licences
If your land has horses, equine law is an area we have vast experience with. We can advise on this often complex field of law and offer expert help ranging from animal welfare to health and safety. We can also discuss grazing licenses as required.
If you need a specialist agricultural law solicitor, call our Malton office for professional, friendly advice.