The industry of agriculture is unique in that it encapsulates traditions and values bred over generations and is simultaneously at the forefront of technical and biochemical advancement.

It is no longer enough for a farmer to understand the workings of the land and the livestock that live off it; they must now be an expert on a variety of fronts in order to succeed. Equally, as we see a trend for the growth of businesses and collaborative arrangements, farmers must also be fluent in the language of business management and up to date with the administrative burdens that accompany it (such as human resources, compliance and industry regulation to name a few).

Quite simply, our aim at Birketts is to help our clients succeed. Whether you are seeking to implement one of the many enterprising and entrepreneurial ideas we continue to see from British farmers or, alternatively, looking to 'future proof'' your business and/or family affairs in uncertain times, the team at Birketts will steer a path to success wherever we can.

Our agricultural specialists provide a comprehensive range of legal services to farmers, landowners and agri-business specialists. Our advice is timely, solution-based and practical and delivered in plain, simple language. We seek to deliver our services in a way which you like to receive them and look to build long-lasting relationships with our clients.

In a sector which comprises some of the most eccentric provisions of English law, we appreciate that commerciality is your focus. Once a deal is agreed, the legal input is often deemed an inconvenience or a hold up. We pride ourselves on our quick response and proactivity, highlighting problem areas at the start so they may be dealt with early and pragmatically. We respond practically to work to your timescales and ensure that the focus remains on the key issues at hand.  

Our clients include larger UK law firms in need of our specific expertise, which we see as a testament to the specialist service we provide. 

Birketts’ Agriculture and Estates Team is an award-winning team which is one of the best qualified and largest agricultural teams in the UK market. Our team brings together lawyers with a wide range of professional and life experience, including solicitors from farming backgrounds, those with experience in commercial development, residential transactions, equine trading, mines and minerals and agricultural tenancy disputes.

The team’s breadth of experience enables us to understand your business better and the challenges and opportunities you face day to day.

Our experience

  • Farm and land acquisitions and disposals (including options, overage etc.)
  • Agricultural tenancies and sporting rights
  • Banking and re-financing
  • Residential conveyancing and tenancy advice
  • Business structures and joint venture/collaborative agreements
  • Diversification issues
  • Succession planning
  • Wills, trust planning and probate matters
  • Trust creation, management and dissolution
  • Tax advice
  • Renewable energy schemes
  • Minerals and aggregates
  • Rights of way and access to land
  • Planning issues
  • Basic payment scheme and agri-environment scheme issues
  • Dispute resolution
  • Equine

Following our clients’ lead, we work collaboratively and inclusively with other departments in the firm and other professionals to provide you with complete advice; be it in relation to corporate matters and structuring, wills and tax advice, maximising development opportunities or town and country planning - we pride ourselves on being a 'one stop shop'.

Top Ranked Chambers UK 2017  Top Tier Legal 500 2016

A very good team, all working well as a unit; they complement each other very well. I can't fault them as a team, they have a very good understanding of what we want as clients and they deliver.

Chambers UK 2017