Article Category: Agricultural Law – Insight & Opinion

Agricultural Property Relief: 4 Key Considerations

fiannce sheets calculating agricultural property relief

Agricultural property relief is an extremely beneficial relief for inheritance tax. It is important that landowners take advice as it can be as much as 100% relief if certain criteria are met. Here are 4 things to think about: 4 Key Considerations for Agricultural Property Relief 1. Check who owns the land Unlike business property… Read more »

New Trends in the Agriculture Industry due to COVID-19

As we face a constant stream of news, focusing mainly on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is sometimes difficult to separate the negative headlines from positive trends. The Agriculture industry is one of the most important industries affected by constant changes and challenges caused by COVID-19. However, it has also brought about new opportunities. Food is… Read more »

Passing a Family Farm onto the next Generation

Many farmers want to pass their farm onto the next generation and to do so as tax efficiently as possible. It is therefore essential that farming families plan carefully for the future of the farm and their business interests, whilst thinking about their long-term aims carefully and with tax liabilities in mind. Farming Families and… Read more »

Landowners Beware of the Electronic Communications Code 2017

The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (‘the Code’) controls the relationship between landowners and companies who run communication networks through cables and masts. This new code has generated more litigation in two years than the previous code had in over 20 years. In part, this is due to the telecoms firms exploring the extent of their new… Read more »

Agricultural Workers’ Rights: What’s the Correct Level of Pay?

Agricultural Workers’ rights and pay in the agricultural sector can often leave many employers confused and unaware of the complex provisions. Keeping up to date with employment legislation can be vital to ensure you are not caught out. Particularly when the government typically introduces new legislation each spring. What are Agricultural workers’ rights? Firstly, the… Read more »

Partnership Disputes: How to avoid them

A recent case (Wild v Wild) has highlighted again the need for farmers to be clear about how the farming assets are held. Whilst putting a partnership agreement in place is the last thing farmers want to think about when they’re busy getting on with the day job, it can have a big impact in… Read more »

Selling Farmland For Redevelopment

Our Agricultural Law team are often approached by clients who are considering selling farmland for redevelopment or who have been approached by developers. Understandably there are lots of questions surrounding this topic. James Goddard, our Senior Property Associate who specialises in agricultural law, has answered a few of the frequently asked questions below to help… Read more »

New Electronic Communications Code: How Are Landowners Affected?

The Electronic Communications Code from 2003 has long been criticised for being unfit for purpose and for holding back the roll out of new telecommunications technology. Finally, on 28 December 2017, it was replaced and the new Electronic Communications Code (‘the New Code’) came into force. In this blog, I will look at three areas… Read more »

Discretionary Trusts: Don’t Wait For A Family Dispute To Happen

A recent case about a family farming partnership has highlighted the need to take independent legal advice, even when a solicitor is advising the family and everyone is getting on well at the time. Without it you could be shocked by the result of future disputes, particularly when it comes to assets left in discretionary… Read more »

How Can An Overage Agreement Protect The Future Value Of Your Land?

We are regularly asked to deal with the sale of land where an overage agreement is required. The first question is, what is an overage agreement? Essentially, such an agreement contains an obligation on the buyer of land to make a further payment to the seller in the future when a certain event, known as… Read more »