Agricultural and equestrian property

Investing in farms, estates and equestrian property in the United Kingdom has long been an attractive proposition, for both UK and international clients. What is less well known to investors is that some of the most eccentric provisions of English law apply to the realms of agricultural and equestrian land use. These eccentricities extend to taxation, occupation, planning law, public rights of way and environmental issues to name only a few. As a result, there are increasingly few law firms in the UK who can claim a genuine specialism in this area of the law. Birketts LLP is one of those firms who can.

Our team is adept at working with clients to ensure the ownership structure of these assets is as tax efficient as possible. This is often done with a view to succession planning within families and businesses to ensure a smooth transition of assets and the preservation of investment value. Our taxation expertise extends to those whose domicile and residency falls far outside the UK's boundaries.

We seek to demonstrate efficiency and speed on transaction work while identifying areas of risk that require a commercial response. Our reputation in this area has grown significantly and we are frequently asked to assist larger UK law firms with our transaction expertise.

Privacy and public rights of way continue to be a very contentious area of UK legislation. Our team is known nationally for its expertise in this area. Again, we frequently receive referrals from other UK law firms who are not sufficiently specialist to advise their clients on this aspect of the law.

Our team can advise on many other related areas including mineral extraction, statutory regulation, planning and listed buildings, European subsidies, trusts, dispute resolution and business models.

For clients seeking a comprehensive service, allowing them to enjoy their asset while protected from unnecessary risk, we offer one of the best qualified and largest agricultural and equine teams in the UK market.

Birketts LLP’s team is praised for its ‘practical and theoretical knowledge’ and it has notable property and private client expertise. Legal 500 | UK 2016

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