Agricultural Solicitors


We have the largest team of Agricultural solicitors in the country, offering practical and commercial advice to landowners, entrepreneurs, farming businesses, landed estates, institutions and others with interests in land and the wider rural economy. Our team is the national specialist in agricultural law and a trusted advisor ranked as a top tier firm by independent legal guides, the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. 

Our agricultural disputes team advises upon and conducts litigation across a broad spectrum of rural and agricultural issues in England and Wales.

Michelmores also boasts a dedicated and highly respected Landed Estates and Rural Property team who deal with non-contentious rural and agricultural matters such as sale and purchases, tenancy agreements, contract farming agreements and farming structures.

Informed and proactive, we understand the demands and requirements placed on those operating in the sector. Our solicitors act for farmers, landowners, tenants, and agri-businesses of all sizes. As a client, you can expect us to have a thorough understanding of agricultural issues.

We advise across the whole agricultural sector "from plough to plate". We are assisted by one of the largest and most experienced private wealth teams outside London. Our private client and tax teams regularly advise farming families and landed estates on a wide range of personal matters from succession planning, to wealth preservation and trusts.

Our Agricultural team is supported by our dedicated Commercial, Corporate, Technology and Innovation, Intellectual Property, Food and Drink and Energy teams. Together, we are able to spot the emerging challenges to the sector and provide practical, commercial and technical advice to established agribusinesses, start-ups, investors and inventors with an agri-tech innovation. 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.

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.

We are way ahead of our rivals for our strength and depth of experience agricultural specialists; our USP is the quality of our people and what they can offer to our clients. Contact our team of specialist agricultural solicitors today to find out how we can support you.

The estates team is impressive.
Chambers & Partners 2020
They are very good on agricultural tenancies.
Chambers and Partners 2020
They are extremely strong on agricultural property law. All the staff are very efficient and client-focused.
Chambers & Partners 2021
Michelmores is a great law firm and they provide national expertise with the local touch.
Chambers & Partners 2021
They have been amazing and their key strength is their approachability.
Chambers & Partners 2021
Michelmores are absolutely first rate and at the very top of their game. They are true leaders in the field in this area. There is an excellent spread of real expertise, at every level of seniority – from the author of the leading textbook, down to extremely hardworking and brilliantly capable junior lawyers. The teams work very well together and are united by their absolute commitment to their clients.
Legal 500 2021
A very strong presence and huge range of experience in property litigation, particularly in the South West.
Legal 500 2021
Experts in their chosen fields of law. Recognised regionally and nationally with a good profile through technical marketing publications and seminars
Legal 500 2022
The team has great strength and depth across all required elements of agriculture and estates, including significant contentious/litigation expertise.
Legal 500 2022
"All its lawyers are responsive, efficient, and have good knowledge of the law. They take a lead in agricultural tenancy law and rural estate management work. They are one of my go-to firms."
Chambers UK 2022


Recent experience

  • 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.