"a very good lawyer, very sensible and commercial."
"very thorough and approachable"
"good, down-to-earth understanding of agricultural matters,"
"a bright individual who deals very well with clients."
"Clear, independent and professional advice."
Legal 500 2012
Philip is a Partner in the Real Estate team.
He joined Michelmores in 2009, and undertakes all manner of non-contentious property matters, with particular emphasis on the acquisition and disposal of commercial farms, agricultural land and sporting tenancies, including advising on rural subsidy schemes.
Philip also deals extensively with development work, including the negotiation of option agreements, conditional contracts and secured lending.
Philip is a member of the Country Land & Business Association and the NFU and is a board member of the Devon Federation of Young Farmers.
- Advising a land owner on the disposal of a residential development site to a developer, conditional upon the grant of planning permission for development and incorporating complicated and bespoke overage provisions, which were eventually tested by the developer and found to be robust.
- Acting on the grant of an option to a quality house builder. The deal included the relocation of an agricultural tenant and provided for the development of the site in various phases. The landowner was keen to maintain the integrity and reputation of the estate amongst the local community.
- Advising on the corporate disposal of a £multi-million commercial farming operation, including complex tax considerations.
- Advising a residential developer on a detailed site investigation including advising on poorly drafted leasehold agreements and freehold disposals of part and providing advice on the best way to manage the estate and to develop it further.