We have the largest team of Agricultural solicitors in the country, offering practical and commercial advice to landowners, farming businesses, landed estates, institutions and others with interests in land and the wider rural economy.
As well as a market leading Contentious Agricultural team, Michelmores also boasts a dedicated Rural Property team.
Informed and proactive, we understand the demands and requirements placed on those operating in the rural sector. As a client, you can expect us to have a thorough understanding of countryside issues, and to provide seamless advice on all aspects of your business, with one main point of contact.
The Agricultural team is assisted by one of the largest and most experienced private client and tax teams outside London. In addition, the skills and experience of our Employment, Commercial and Energy and Renewables teams can be called upon to provide comprehensive advice to clients when required.
Not surprisingly, this ability to advise across all rural sector issues coupled with such depth of resources and experience ensures that we are seen by many as the leading firm for all agricultural law issues. After all, we write the leading text book for this practice area – the 10th edition of Scammell, Densham and Williams' Law of Agricultural Holdings was published in 2015.
As well as advising domestic agribusinesses we also have significant experience in advising on investments into the emerging markets, advising clients such as the African Agriculture Fund and AgDevCo.
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- Acting for a landed estate in connection with the grant of an option to a quality house builder. The deal included finding alternative farm land for an agricultural tenant and provided for the development of the site in various phases. The land owner was keen to maintain the integrity and high reputation of the estate amongst the local community.
- Advising on the corporate disposal of a £multi-million commercial farming operation, including advising on complex taxation considerations.
- Purchasing a substantial agricultural farming company, which involved a team of 15 lawyers who provided strategic advice on the corporate, planning, environmental, employment, development opportunities, commercial contracts and property matters, which extended to some 2500 acres of farmland, 35 residential properties, commercial lets and joint venture agreements over a further 1500 acres.
- Advising the owner of a large estate of nearly 1000 acres as they encountered financial difficulties and went into administration. Specialist insolvency expertise was obtained within the Firm and negotiations were conducted with both the administrator and the tenant. These negotiations resulted in an excellent outcome for the landlord.
- Acting for a substantial farming business, who became the subject of a hostile claim for all of their land and business assets. This was a highly complex case, which involved the gathering and preparation of numerous detailed witness statements, recounting events going back over 30 years.
- Advising landed estates in connection with the grant and administration of agricultural and sporting tenancies.