Agricultural Solicitors

Agriculture

We have the largest team of Agricultural lawyers 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.

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 lawyers 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. After all, we write the leading text book for this practice area – Peter Williams, Partner in the Agriculture team edited the 10th edition of Scammell, Densham and Williams' Law of Agricultural Holdings which was published in 2016 and updated in 2018.

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 lawyers today to find out how we can support you.

Their advice is practical, measured and pragmatic. They have a very good understanding of landlord and tenant law in relation to agricultural holdings, which many other solicitors do not.
Chambers 2018
Second to none on agricultural and rural law. Strength and depth across the department.
Chambers 2018
An outstandingly excellent firm with a huge amount of agricultural experience. Great client skills, commercially sensible approach and tenacity in fighting its client’s corner.
Legal 500 2017
One of the best teams in the country for range and depth of experience and exceptional expertise. They're up there with the top rural and agricultural lawyers.
Chambers 2017

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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.