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Farms & Estates

Leaders in our field

What is involved?

The focus of agricultural enterprises has changed over the years, particularly with diversification opportunities. It is more important than ever to ensure that you have the right advice. From the development of agricultural property and implementation of business structures, to environmental agreements and succession planning, Freeths have over 50 years of experience.

We offer a full spectrum of services tailored to our agricultural and rural clients. You can rely on us to help you with dispute resolution, estate management, land transactions, landlord and tenant issues, planning, construction and development. Our capable team can also advise you on financial matters such as the preservation of your rights under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) and tax planning (including inheritance, APR, BPR, capital gains, VAT and stamp duty land tax), as well as wills and trusts.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our specialists regularly advise clients with interests in rural, agricultural and equine matters
  • Expect clear, practical advice from a friendly team of lawyers with a wide experience of rural issues
  • We act for some of the largest estates the UK – and many of us have farming or agricultural roots
  • Ranked in the top tier of both The Legal 500 and Chambers as nationally recognised as experts

Freeths are nationally recognised for advising agricultural and landed estate clients. We know just how challenging the landscape can be for you. Our team draws on the specialist talent and experience of lawyers from different legal disciplines to provide a complete legal service at highly competitive rates.

In particular, we have earned a reputation for understanding the complexities of estate management and agricultural property. You can trust us to come prepared with know-how unique to your industry. Whether you need assistance on how to deal with trespassers, or a family lawyer to protect farm assets before marriage, we use a wealth of combined experience to help find the best solution for your business.

Call us now to find out how we can help you.

   Legal 500, 2020 Top Tier Firm Freeths LLP

Meet the team

Farms & Estates Lawyers

Masood Ahmed, Solicitor

Masood Ahmed

0186 578 1205

Clare Bellis, Director

Clare Bellis

0186 578 1058

Katherine Burge - Agricultural Property Lawyer

Katherine Burge
Senior Associate

0186 578 1081

Thomas Byard, Solicitor

Thomas Byard

0186 578 1135

Laura Czapski, Senior Associate

Laura Czapski
Senior Associate

0186 578 1168

Andrew Dashwood-Begg, Senior Associate

Andrew Dashwood-Begg
Senior Associate

0186 578 1021

Iain Davies - Agricultural Property

Iain Davis

0186 578 1144

Sarah Duffy, Partner

Sarah Duffy

0186 578 1147

Balvinder Jaj

0186 578 1063

Samantha Leigh, Partner

Samantha Leigh

0186 578 1155

Jane Maitland, Partner

Jane Maitland

0845 128 6963

Lisa Mark-Bell, Director

Lisa Mark-Bell

0186 578 1154

Gemma Nicholls-Webber, Senior Associate

Gemma Nicholls-Webber
Senior Associate

0845 404 1714

Lesley Pollock, Director

Lesley Pollock

0845 128 6968

Nigel Roots, Partner

Nigel Roots

0845 128 6962

Rosalyn Shephard, Associate

Rosalyn Shephard

01865 781 023

Tom Walker, Partner

Tom Walker

0845 166 6337

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"They really have a handle on the market when it comes to farming, agricultural land and tax issues. They do it a lot and they do it well."

(Chambers & Partners, 2016)

Iain Davis is "very proactive when it comes to putting things through, he sees things from a different angle and always gives options, and he’s a very versatile lawyer."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

"Sarah's professional expertise inspires total confidence and she is unfailingly diligent, quick and efficient. That must be the perfect combination of qualities for a property lawyer."

"Having worked with Samantha for a number of years I have found she offers a rare combination of intellectual rigour and practical focus, coupled with a commercial approach. She is solution orientated and capable of delivering on accelerated timelines for clients at the highest level with exacting standards."


"Jane Maitland has 'substantial experience in agricultural matters'."

"Freeths LLP attracts praise for its 'excellent grasp of agricultural law'."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

A source says the lawyers are "always efficient with their responses" and offer "good-value service."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"First class team of rural property legal specialists capable of handling complex deals and transactions, and securing the best result for clients." One client commented "They were all a delight to work with and always highly professional. They did the work extremely well and promptly."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"They can provide a good range of services particularly for farmers and other rural landowners. Wide range of skills but also access to specialist advice as required." Freeths are also noted to be 'Very knowledgeable across a wide range of subjects. Always willing to discuss issues. Overall very friendly and professional, which gives us and our clients confidence'.

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Notable Work
  • Assisted with a complex residential purchase involving barns on a farm being converted into bespoke properties. Investigated title and undertook research to ensure historic rights of the land would not encumber our client.
  • Acting for farms, landowners and companies in a wide range of property transactions including dealing with freehold and leasehold interests, agricultural land and property, Basic Payment Scheme and the Agri-environmental schemes.
  • Acquisition of a farm including 200+ acres, listed farmhouse and buildings, riparian and railway frontages and entitlements. The case involved dealing with various title and agricultural issues and was settled at a value of over £3 million.
  • Sale of a farming estate to 13 separate buyers. The individual lots varied from bare agricultural land, in hand farming operations, estate cottages. Balvinder dealt with various issues including first registration of a number of lots, defects in title and planning issues.
  • Acting for a farmer on an AHA tenancy challenging a notice to quit (settled favourably at arbitration) where the client’s land was the centre of a proposed new housing development.
  • Trust reorganisation for a farming family working with accountant and corporate colleagues to restructure family company. This was to enable succession to family business and protection of interests in land for family members not involved in the business.
  • The acquisition of the Kiddington Estate for a sum in excess of £23 million. Including 1,500 acres of agricultural land, some 35 estate houses and cottages (including the majority of the village of Kiddington), commercial business premises totalling over 6,000 square feet, as well as an in hand farming enterprise, tenanted farm and woodland.
  • Administering high net worth estates, including those with agricultural and business property, and advising in relation to tax mitigation measures and reliefs available.
  • Acting for the funder of anaerobic digester plants involving lending of over £10 million to farm businesses. Freeths dealt with the drafting of transaction documents, reporting on title to agricultural farmland and advising on planning conditions.
  • A £12.6 million refinance of farm, dairy unit and farm cottages to include redemption of existing charges over 1,850 acres and four new charges over 650 acres.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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