• Farmers, landowners and rural businesses face many challenges and opportunities as a result of the swift pace of change in the agricultural sector, and the impact of Brexit and COVID-19.

    To help your business rise to these challenges, it is essential to have the support of a legal team that understands your needs and works with you to find the right solutions.

    Why choose our Agriculture and Rural team?

    Our specialist agricultural lawyers have a detailed understanding of agricultural law and the priorities relevant to traditional country landowners and farmers.

    With the diversification of the agricultural sector in recent years we also have the knowledge and understanding to support clients who run rural enterprises such as vineyards, rural tourism initiatives, and leisure and hospitality ventures. This includes legal guidance around commercial contracts, intellectual property, licensing, data protection and succession planning.

    Our team is drawn from across the firm, with expertise in a wide range of areas of the law that can affect agricultural clients. We work in partnership with you, as well as other professionals such as surveyors, land agents and accountants, to address your immediate priorities and secure your future.

    We have been advising farmers and landowners for more than 125 years and act for a number of landed estates throughout the South East. Many of our agricultural and farming clients have been with us through multiple generations.

    We also have a long history of providing legal support to educational and research institutions in the agricultural and rural sector. These include Plumpton College and East Malling Research.

    Our solicitors are members of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA), the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Canterbury Farmers Club and the British Independent Fruit Growers Association. We have also been associated with the National Farmers Union (NFU) in Kent for more than 70 years.

    We support the sector by writing a monthly column for South East Farmer, and by attending and sponsoring major agricultural events. These include the Weald of Kent and East Kent Ploughing Matches, Kent County Show and regional CLA conferences.

    Recognition of our expertise

    Brachers’ Agriculture and Rural team is highly ranked by leading legal directory The Legal 500. Brachers is also rated as a ‘Leading Firm’.

    Partners Sarah Gaines and Allis Beasley were named as ‘Leading Individuals’ in the 2022 directory, while several other members of the team were rated as ‘Recommended Lawyers’.

    Head of the team Sarah Gaines is ranked in the Chambers and Partners 2022 directory, along with Allis Beasley, and Partner Christopher Eriksson-Lee is ranked in the top tier of the Chambers High Net Worth Guide.

    In 2021, Partner Christopher Eriksson-Lee joined the committee of the Kent branch of the CLA, and Sarah Gaines was appointed to the board of directors of the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS). Allis Beasley sits on the Expert and Mediation panels of the Agricultural Law Association.

    Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships.

    How we can help

    Simply expand the sections below for more information on the services and support available to you.

    • Corporate law in rural business

      Commercial law in rural business

      Employment law in rural business

      Family law in the rural community

      Health and safety in rural business

      Planning and environment law in rural business

      Rural property and buildings

      Secured lending

      Solving disputes in rural business

      Succession and rural estate planning

    • How to contact us

      Our agriculture lawyers are based in Maidstone and Canterbury and are ready to help with any legal advice you need.

      You can call us on 01622 690691, email us or use the contact form on this page.

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Meet the Team:

  • The team are always professional and efficient. I never hesitate in referring clients to them and feedback that follows is always complimentary.

  • They have a very friendly and personal style. They are always professional, helpful and available.

    Chambers High Net Worth Guide
  • As a fellow professional they are always incredibly generous with their time in providing assistance and advice, even when it does not concern a mutual client. This regularly extends to outside of the usual hours of business.

  • The Brachers team are long established. They have a clear understanding of the sector and tailor advice accordingly. They do so clearly and without jargon, so the clients understand – that is a massive strength compared to other lawyers. They are very strong technically.

    The Legal 500 2022