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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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What the team is known for

Longstanding Lincoln's Inn firm with a strong traditional domestic client base. Acts for the owners of agricultural estates across the UK. Expertise includes land acquisitions and disposals and diversification through alternative energy schemes, mineral rights and telecoms leasing.

Strengths

A source states: "Their attention to detail and ability to think beyond the immediate issues, while maintaining sight of the bigger picture, was impressive."

Work highlights

Acted for C Hoare & Co in a complex remortgage of two farms and over 40 cottages on a country estate.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Lowe deals with a broad range of property law matters, especially those in relation to land held in Settled Land Act trusts. He also has notable experience advising clients on landlord and tenant issues and farming partnerships.

Robert Brodrick has experience handling a wide array of agricultural matters, often involving tax, trusts and succession planning. He regularly advises large landed estates and also acts as a trustee for numerous estates.

Simon Blackburn has extensive experience handling the acquisition, management and sale of farms and estates, as well as matters involving rural rights of way, manorial rights and development matters.

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Overview

Payne Hicks Beach is one of the few London firms that remains fully committed to an agricultural practice. 

The experience of our partners who specialise in agricultural work means that we are able to provide a seamless and wide ranging service to landowners. This often includes advice on key factors such as tax, finance, investment, succession and the structuring of property ownership.

The scope of work which we commonly undertake and for landowners includes:

  • Planning the ownership and management of landed estates and farm
  • ​Sales and acquisitions of landed estates and farmland across the country
  • First registration of large tracts of land
  • Trespass and the protection of mineral rights
  • Diversification and development schemes, ie in relation to alternative energy schemes
  • Taxation advice on farming businesses and guiding clients through the difficult process of generational change and succession planning  for landed estates inc. major trust and farming business reorganisations
  • development and planning issues
  • tax matters such as maximising agricultural/business property relief and entrepreneurs' relief   
  • Advice for agricultural businesses including farming partnerships, companies and joint ventures  
  • Land and employment disputes  
  • Liaising with accountants, land agents and other professional advisers.

We offer clients a dedicated, extensive and full service supported by partners, solicitors and trust administrators working on both private client and property matters. 

Members

Blackburn, Simon (Head of Department)

Bacon, James

Beccarelli, Marisa

Berry, Andrew

Brodrick, Robert

Copestake, Emma

Ferguson, Clarissa

Lowe, Jeremy

McDowell, Rosamond

Milchem, Bethany

Ovenden, Charles

Parkinson, Michael

Spring, Matthew

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Department location

10 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3QG

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Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Jeremy Lowe
Band 4
Robert Brodrick
Band 4
Simon Blackburn
Band 4