• Farmers, landowners and rural businesses are faced with ever evolving opportunities and challenges as a result of the swift pace of change within the sector, combined with the recent impact of both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Agricultural law can often be complex due to the many different areas that it encompasses. This is why it is essential to have a legal team supporting you who understand all the issues and work together to find the right solutions for you.

    How our agriculture lawyers can support your farm or rural business

    Our team of specialist agricultural lawyers have a detailed understanding of agriculture law and the issues relevant to country landowners and farmers. 

    If you own, manage or work in a rural business, we work in partnership with you as well as 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.

    We can provide legal guidance on the following issues: 

    • Corporate law in rural business including shareholder agreements and articles of association; mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses; private equity and venture finance; partnership and LLP; restructuring and joint venture companies.
    • Commercial law in rural business including supply, purchase and distribution agreements; haulage and transportation agreements; terms and conditions of business; energy asset construction and finance; energy contracts; engineering and construction projects, operation and maintenance contracts and intellectual property.
    • Employment law in rural business including alternative labour models such as apprenticeships; workforce retention; flexible working; employee contacts; disciplinary matters; employment tribunals and disputes and redundancies and reorganisations.
    • Family law in the rural community including succession planning; divorce; financial issues; prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements; matters involving children and mediation.
    • Health and safety in rural business including incident management and reporting; liability issues; workplace injuries or fatalities; representation at court and inquiries and risk assessments.
    • Planning and environment law in rural business including planning applications including S.106 agreements; unilateral undertakings; planning permission refusal appeals; planning enforcement, compulsory purchase orders; permitted development rights; conversion of agricultural buildings; judicial review; rights of way and lands tribunal claims.
    • Rural property and buildings including sales; purchases; mortgages; business and residential leases; tenancy agreements; option agreements; agricultural stewardship schemes and diversification projects.
    • Secured lending including facility agreements; loan agreements; legal mortgaging of agricultural and rural property and guarantees.
    • Solving disputes in rural business such as landlord and tenant disputes, rights of way, overage disputes, enforcement of covenants and money disputes.
    • Succession and rural estate planning including tax planning; wills; trust creation and management; probate and will and trust disputes.

    Supporting farmers and landowners for 125 years

    Our strong reputation in this area has been built over more than 125 years during which we have been advising farmers and land owners. We have also been associated with the National Farmers Union (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.

    Our specialist agriculture solicitors are members of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA). As a full-service law firm we can support your agricultural business through changes, growth and challenges. In fact, many of our agricultural and farming clients partner with us through multiple generations and we are there to support them for generations to come.

    Agriculture expertise

    Brachers’ Agriculture and Rural team is ranked Tier two in leading legal directory Legal 500, with Head of Agriculture and Rural, Sarah Webster, also individually ranked Band two in Chambers and Partners.

    Get in touch

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

    Whatever your needs, our team of experts can find a workable and cost-effective solution for your particular situation. For more information, please get in touch today.

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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.

  • Brachers also offer a comprehensive programme of CPD which is always relevant and often ahead of the curve.

    The Legal 500