Agriculture and estates

Our Agriculture and Estates experts

Charlotte Marsh
Solicitor
Danny Carter
Senior Partner
Elizabeth Bradshaw 
Partner
Justin Emerson
Partner
Keri Constantatou
Partner
Olivia Phillips
Solicitor
Rural businesses across the region be they farmers, investors or landowners know they can count on us.

For more than 250 years we have worked alongside generations of farmers in Essex and our neighbouring counties.

Our long history has allowed us to cultivate an unparalleled understanding of the agricultural and rural communities, expertise you and your family can use to preserve, unlock and enjoy the value of your business as farming continues to develop into an increasingly diverse enterprise.

Most of all our long agricultural history means we can make sure you not only receive the best possible advice but the highest level of service. You will work with someone who knows you, your family, your business and what you want to achieve as well as someone who knows the agricultural world and how it works.

And lastly, we will make sure you have access to any other advice you may need. Over the last 250 years, we have developed strong working relationships with the other professionals involved in the agricultural and rural sectors whether that’s via our membership of the CLA and Essex Agricultural Society or via our relationships with the accountants and financial services who specialise in rural and agricultural business.

 

We know your sector inside out – so you may be surprised by how quickly we grasp your particular situation. Whatever you’re up against, rest assured you’ll get practical advice and clear answers that you need.

Dispute resolution

We advise clients in the rural community, from new buyers of farms to those diversifying or disposing of land. Rural disputes can cause disruption if not handled sensitively. Our goal is to help you resolve the matter as amicably and cost-effectively as possible. We advise on a variety of disputes, including boundary and right of way disputes, adverse possession, landlord and tenant, debt recovery, nuisance and trespass.

Case studies

Example 1: Sale of farm land to developers

We were asked to advise in connection with the restructuring of a large scale, long term option agreement for rural landowning clients due to a substantial change in the planning policies applicable to the site. The changes to the option negotiated with the Developer’s legal representatives unlocked several parcels within the option for sale and produced substantial net proceeds for our clients. The matter involved working closely with our client’s land agents and tax advisers in order to maximise value and minimise tax on the proceeds. It also involved balancing the interests of members of three generations of the same family to achieve a fair and balanced result.

Example 2: Purchase of farm land and buildings

We acted for clients in the acquisition of a complex farm, with 150 acres of arable land and let buildings and cottages. Funds for the purchase were secured by a simultaneous mortgage of two further farms owned by two members of the same family. Complex issues arose in relation to satisfying the Bank’s requirements and in relation to the purchase of Basic Payment Entitlements. The Seller imposed detailed development clawback provisions, providing the Seller with the right to receive a share in the future development value of the farm acquired. We successfully negotiated a number of changes to the provisions in order to mitigate their future effect on the marketability of the farm and advised the clients thoroughly on the stamp duty land tax implications.

Example 3: Public right of way claim

We were consulted shortly before an objection deadline in relation to a claimed public right of way which was due to be routed through a working farm yard. The clients had left it late to seek advice. Nevertheless, we quickly investigated the background to the claim, sought Counsel’s advice on specific points and lodged a detailed objection with the local authority within the relevant time limit. Our involvement at the eleventh hour led to the right of way claim being adjourned by the local authority pending further investigation. In practice the claim is unlikely to progress any further. The action that we took protected the value of the farm. More than that, it protected the commercial farming operation on site and thereby the income of the client and their family.

Example 4: Promotion agreement

We negotiated the terms of an agreement between our clients, who were rural landowners and a planning promotion company in connection with a large residential development site. The terms of the agreement provided for the Promoter to take the risk in terms of investing a significant sum of money in preparing and submitting a planning application, with the promoter recovering their costs and an element of the proceeds on a successful sale. Planning permission was issued following entry by our clients into a section 106 agreement with the local authority in relation to which we advised. A sale was achieved and we have worked successfully with the Promoter’s solicitors in order to agree a complex suite of sale documents with the Buyer’s solicitors. We resolved a number of complex title and tax issues along the way, the latter in conjunction with our clients’ accountants.

For more information on our agricultural law services in Chelmsford, Essex

If you want to find out more about the services we can offer you, please feel free to get in touch with our agricultural solicitors in Chelmsford.

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Main number: 01245 228115

Email us
Main email: CommercialEnq@gepp.co.uk

Gepp Solicitors’ expertise can preserve, unlock and enjoy the value of your business as farming continues to develop into an increasingly diverse enterprise.

Gepp Solicitors’ expertise can preserve, unlock and enjoy the value of your business as farming continues to develop into an increasingly diverse enterprise.

Our Agriculture and Estates experts

Keri Constantatou
Partner
Justin Emerson
Partner
Elizabeth Bradshaw
Partner
Danny Carter
Senior Partner
Olivia Phillips
Solicitor
Charlotte Marsh
Solicitor
Danny Carter
Senior Partner
Keri Constantatou
Partner
Justin Emerson
Partner
Olivia Phillips
Solicitor
Elizabeth Bradshaw
Partner
Charlotte Marsh
Solicitor

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