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Sarah Webster

Partner

Sarah heads up the Agricultural Property team and the Waste, Recycling and Energy team at Brachers. She has a keen interest in diversification, particularly into renewable energy.

Expertise

  • Commercial property
  • Agricultural property
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Rural business property
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Waste, recycling & energy
  • Pension Fund property
  • Overage agreements
  • Options agreements

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Profile

Her work involves advising on a full range of commercial and agricultural property matters, including sales and purchases, options, overage, leases, Farm Business Tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 Tenancies.

Sarah has particular expertise in land transactions involving trusts and pension funds. She has advised on the property aspects of complicated restructuring arrangements involving family trusts and partnerships.

She is known for her technical ability in dealing with complicated legal matters and is currently acting for landowners and farmers across Kent and Sussex on complex and valuable land transactions.

Sarah contributes regularly to a monthly column in South East Farmer magazine and has featured in other publications such as Kent Profile.

Recent cases/deals

  • Advising a family farming partnership on the restructuring of their land holding, including transfers of part, reservation of overage and transfer of existing overage, pre-emption agreements and dealing with funder requirements.
  • Advising a national waste management company on property aspects of an asset purchase with consideration in excess of £2million.
  • Acting on the sale of a substantial area of farmland for an undisclosed sum. The transaction involved a number of issues relating to rights of way and tenancies.
  • Acting for landowners in relation to options and leases for solar farms
  • Acting for a quarrying company in relation to the acquisition of mineral rights

‘respond to matters promptly and thoroughly’

Client quote, The Legal 500

Articles
12/05/17

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

01/12/16

Future-Proofing Your Rural Business

The vote in favour of Brexit will undoubtedly have significant implications for the UK’s rural and agricultural sector. Read more

02/06/16

The worry of sheep worrying

There have been reports in the media recently which suggest that sheep worrying is on the increase. One of the most horrifying reports being the death of 116 sheep on a West Sussex farm. Such incidents are both emotionally and financially devastating, but what action can farmers take? In this article we recap the law on sheep worrying. Read more

07/07/14

Fracking and trespass laws

This month the Government confirmed its intention to change trespass laws. If the proposals get the go-ahead following the 12 week public consultation, those companies involved in the exploitation of shale gas and geothermal energy will no longer have to apply to court for permission to drill under private property. Read more

28/04/14

South East Food and Agriculture Round Table 2014

Brachers recently attended the South East Food & Agricultural Round Table 2014 in Ashford, Kent. Read more

14/04/14

Agriculture and rural update - Spring 2014

This bulletin highlights some of the key legal issues facing the agriculture and rural sector. There has been a major shift in planning policy which will benefit those farmers wishing to develop redundant farm buildings. We also provide an update on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and the employment law changes which come into force from Spring 2014. Read more

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Publications
01/09/17

Agriculture and Rural business legal handbook

Our team of specialist lawyers understand the demands placed on those operating in the rural sector and work in partnership with you in order to provide seamless advice for both your business and personal needs. Read more

07/05/15

South East Food and Agricultural debate white paper

Brachers was delighted to jointly host the South East Food and Agriculture Debate with Insider, Smiths Gore and Hadlow College Group. In this paper, Sarah Webster, Brachers’ Head of Agriculture & Rural, summarises some of the key themes which arose in the debate. Read more

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