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Agriculture & Rural

Farmers, landowners and rural businesses are faced with ever evolving opportunities and challenges as a result of the swift pace of change both in legislation and technology. Our team of specialist lawyers has a keen understanding of the issues and will work in partnership with you in order to provide effective solutions that meet your needs.

Our strong reputation in this area has been built over more than 100 years during which we have been advising farmers and land owners. We have also been associated with the NFU in Kent for more than 70 years putting us in the best position to partner you in managing your business and in supporting you to look after your family.

Whatever your circumstances, we work closely with you and other professionals such as surveyors, land agents and accountants, to formulate strategies that you can implement in the sure knowledge that they will address your immediate concerns as well as secure your future.

Whatever your needs, our team of experts can find a workable and cost effective solution for your particular situation.

Fact Sheets

Agricultural tenancies fact sheet

FAQs about Agricultural tenancies. Read more


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News & Events

GDPR: Future-proof your business and ensure data protection compliance

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and will make substantial changes to the way in which personal data is handled. Read more


East Kent Ploughing Match 2017

We are delighted to be supporting the East Kent Ploughing Match on Wednesday 27 September 2017. Read more


Weald of Kent Ploughing Match 2017

We are delighted to be supporting the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match on Saturday 16 September 2017. Read more


The Hadlow Group and Brachers host joint celebration

College’s 50th anniversary also marks 25 years of collaboration with Brachers Read more


Brachers to join expert panel at CLA event

On 16 March, Brachers planning law partner Lee May will be joining a number of property and business experts at the Country Land and Business Association’s (CLA) event ‘The Kent Debate – Whose land is it anyway?’ Read more


Brachers sponsors Kent Excellence in Business Awards for fourth successive year

Brachers is proud to sponsor the Best Land Based Business in Kent for the fourth successive year, as part of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA). Read more

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Meet the Team

Allis Beasley | Partner

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Catherine Daw | Partner

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Sarah Gaines | Partner

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Lee May | Partner

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Simon Palmer | Consultant

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Stephen Smith | Partner

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Sarah Webster | Partner

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Recent Experience, Expertise & Articles

Protecting your legacy: Avoid family disputes by getting a plan in place early

It has been a principle of English law for some time now, that where someone has reasonably relied on an assurance or promise to their detriment, the law can step in to prevent an unconscionable outcome if that “promise” is, for whatever reason, not then kept. Read more


Where’s the workforce?

Is your farming business ready for the future? With Brexit negotiations underway, ensure your employment and HR needs are up to date. Read more


Marry me, my farm and my pre-nup?

With the height of wedding season nearly upon us, family solicitors find themselves increasingly busy advising and negotiating their client’s pre-nuptial agreement in advance of the big day. Read more


EPCs and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Landed estates and farming business that rent out property, either residential or commercial, must be aware that the regulations which govern Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are changing. From next year landlords will be unable to let properties that fall below the minimum energy efficiency rating on their EPC. Read more


Compulsory purchase laws – what does this mean for landowners?

Lee May recently took part in the CLA Kent Debate on Compulsory Purchase, addressing the impact of development on land across the South East. In this article Lee highlights the need for reform, following the recent judgement of the Supreme Court (in the case of HCA v JS Bloor (Wilmslow) Ltd [2017]) which demonstrates the complexity of the law on compulsory purchase valuation. Read more


Future-Proofing: Brachers role in the growth and success of the Hadlow Group

Brachers was first retained in 1992 to support Hadlow College with effective credit management and equity release to help bolster its finances and footprint in the educational sector. Read more

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