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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.

Sector

Agribusiness

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.

Sector

Farm Management

We regularly advise on rural enterprises on the possibilities available to them so that the business becomes and can remain a sustainable, profitable, risk managed, effective, efficient enterprise, and help clients put those plans into action.

Sector

Diversification

We help our clients realise their full potential within commercial opportunities. Looking at a diverse range of businesses including agricultural land owners, tenant farmers, feedstock suppliers and retail and leisure operators.

Sector

Succession Planning

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

Sector

Fisheries

We deal with the type of matters which arise in connection with the sale and purchase of fisheries. These include land sales and purchases, transfers of businesses and business assets, leasehold arrangements, employee transfers under the TUPE regulations, and planning issues.

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The lawyers are very practical, which is very helpful in the specialised nature of farm sales. They provide an excellent level of service. They keep in contact, provide a practical application of the law and get the job done in a suitable time frame.

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