We advise businesses in the Rural and Agricultural Sector in relation to all aspects of running their commercial operations, in particular on legal and regulatory issues surrounding farm management, agricultural business and diversification. We also advise landed estates and owners of agricultural enterprises in relation to wealth management, succession planning and their personal affairs. With offices in Exeter, Tiverton, Taunton, Plymouth, Bristol and London we are able to provide a national service.
We are committed to providing you with the very best advice which is relevant to you and your objectives. Our team draws on expertise and knowledge within the firm from across a number of disciplines including corporate and commercial, property, trusts & estates, planning, construction & engineering, financing, employment, environmental and health & safety.
We have an excellent track record in working with a diverse range of businesses including agricultural land owners, tenant farmers, feedstock suppliers and retail & leisure operators, helping those clients to realise the full potential of their commercial opportunities.
Our experienced team provide advice on the commercial upsides and downsides when entering into a business sale or purchase transaction, assist in ensuring your business is legally compliant, protect your intellectual property and assist you in finance or re-finance arrangements for your business.
We understand the nature of modern farming businesses, and the potential exposure to Inheritance Tax ("IHT"), and can help you to put a plan in place to reduce the liability over time by way of lifetime gifts or changes to the structure of the business. We can analyse the IHT position and fully utilise the attractive IHT reliefs of Agricultural Property Relief ("APR") and Business Property Relief
Farmers - beware the risks of insolvency
It is an unfortunate reality that many farming businesses are operating at their limits and are struggling financially. There are several aspects of the insolvency law that should be borne in mind should you run your farm through a limited company that begins to face financial difficulty.
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