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Whether you are an individual farmer or a business owner in the agriculture industry, our highly experienced team of lawyers can assist across a range of specialist legal issues for the rural sector.

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Agriculture

We understand that agricultural and rural affairs are unique, and bring their own complex legal challenges distinct from other sectors. Our specialists regularly act for individual farmers, their families and agricultural businesses across various practice areas.

We recognise that business and personal affairs are highly interconnected in farming businesses; often run by families and passed down from generation to generation.

From creating Wills and implementing estate and trust planning for retiring farmers, to corporate and tax considerations for your agriculture business and obtaining licences and settling disputes over your land – our team are here to help.

Our Agriculture & Rural Affairs services

Private Client

Whether you are an individual farmer, or an owner of an agricultural business or estate, our Private Client solicitors can help you put the right plans in place to protect the future success of your farm business.

We assist farming clients with drafting and regularly updating their business and individual Wills. We are well-versed in dealing with complicated Wills involving gifts of relievable land for Business Property Relief (BPR) and Agricultural Property Relief (APR). Paired with targeted and strategic planning from our Tax lawyers, we can ensure the maximum amount of BPR and APR will apply to your estates. 

We can also advise farming families who wish to mitigate tax after death taking into account all the needs of the family and succession of the family business or estate.

Our experts can guide you through the different Lasting Powers of Attorney options. Lasting Powers of Attorney will ensure that should you lose mental capacity in the future, your financial and health affairs, including your farming business, are administered by someone they trust - and their best interests are protected.

Our agricultural clients can access our full range of Private Client services. For more information, visit our Private Client & Tax page here.

Tax

We assist farmers and landowners on a range of tax issues. Whether lifetime or via Will, we can advise on Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning, including succession planning and structuring, to ensure best use of Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and/or Business Property Relief (BPR) where possible. 

We also assist with Capital Gains Tax (CGT) planning for succession and advice on tax efficient investments, including Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS). In addition, our Tax team provide Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) advice regarding multiple dwellings relief and mixed-use claims.

For farming and agricultural businesses, we offer a full tax and accounts compliance service for personal tax returns, partnerships, LLPs, trusts, corporate tax returns, VAT returns, payroll, ATED and CGT online returns.

Our agricultural clients can access our full range of Personal and Corporate Tax services. For more information, visit our Tax page here.

Family & Matrimonial

We understand that family is often highly interconnected in farming businesses; often run by families and passed down from generation to generation.

If your relationship has reached an exciting new juncture, whether you are getting married or moving in with someone, it is important to protect yourself and your financial and land assets as much as possible. We can help you create co-habitation, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements to protect you, your family and your business from the outset, in case your relationship ends.

When a relationship breaks down, you need someone you can trust to help you through the separation process. Our experienced lawyers will address the issues that matter and will guide you through the difficult personal and financial process that follows the end of a relationship – particularly for those in the rural sector with multiple, sometimes complex assets.

Our agricultural clients can access our full range of Family services. For more information, visit our Family page here.

Property & Property Disputes

Our Property team regularly advise farmers, landowners and agricultural businesses on property matters and disputes across a wide range of contentious issues:

  • Grazing licences  
  • Easements 
  • Restrictive covenants 
  • Adverse possession  
  • Environmental issues 
  • Estate management 
Our key experience includes:
  • Advising on legal issues concerning public footpaths, bridleways and roads used as public paths. 
  • Advising on private easements and rights of access, rights of light, party wall matters, and title issues. 
  • Disputes concerning development agreements, profit sharing agreements, JV’s etc. relating to land acquisition and development.
  • Contentious planning and CPO matters, and issues involving Government actions impacting on landowners’ rights (e.g. re HS2, Olympic Village, regeneration schemes, change of use etc.). 
  • Environmental and pollution issues including oil and chemical spillages, as well as nuisance claims involving noise, dust, and escape of water and other substances.  
  • Numerous claims for and against solicitors concerning a very wide range of matters including negligent handling of real estate transactions and contentious claims. 
Our agricultural clients can access our full range of Property Litigation services. For more information, visit our Real Estate page here.

Employment & Immigration

Our Employment and Immigration team are accustomed to advising both estates and high-net-worth individuals on household and estate staff. This includes drafting bespoke contracts and confidentiality clauses and dealing with highly sensitive issues which arise with staff members. Our experts can also help with employment/worker status questions that may be raised in these circumstances, as well as dealing with issues relating to carers; from minimum wage to working time. 

Our team also advises on the employment side of the transfer of property including whole estates or parts of them (such as stables). 

Our agricultural clients can access our full range of Employment & Immigration services. For more information, visit our Employment page here.

Corporate Finance

Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, Ince Corporate Finance is a corporate finance advisory firm that provides bespoke advice and introductions to sources of capital for businesses and entrepreneurs. The team is multi-disciplinary and comprised of specialists with backgrounds including investment banking, law and accountancy. Ince Corporate Finance advises across all phases of the value creation journey and helps clients identify strategies to accelerate their value creation and maximise value for all stakeholders. 

Advice may include; strategies and processes to support growth, recommendations for operational improvements, acquisitions, divestitures and fundraisings, or any combination of these. Being exceptionally client-centric, Ince Corporate Finance analyse a client’s objectives, validate their plans, and advise them on how to optimise outcomes.

Ensuring all stakeholders understand and commit to a shared vision provides a firm foundation to build on, Ince Corporate Finance uses its deep sector knowledge and operating expertise to help clients develop compelling value propositions for potential investors and buyers. 

Our agricultural clients can access our full range of Corporate Finance services. For more information, visit our Corporate Finance page here.

Case Studies

Mitigating tax and maximising wealth for future farming generations

We worked with our client, a farmer’s wife, whose husband had unfortunately passed away. The farm (which was in his sole name) had passed to her in its entirety.

News & insights on Agriculture & Rural Affairs

News / Benefits of Agricultural Property Relief for farmland owners

17-01-2022 / Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Private Wealth

Agricultural Property Relief (APR) can help farm landowners to mitigate tax on your estate to plan for a better future for you and your loved ones. However, understanding which reliefs can apply to your land can be a complex process.

Benefits of Agricultural Property Relief for farmland owners

Events / The Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show 2022

16-08-2022 / Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Private Wealth, Real Estate

Our Agriculture & Rural Affairs team are delighted to be attending the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show, taking place this Wednesday 10 August.

The Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show 2022

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