Esther Round
Senior Associate
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Esther qualified as a Solicitor in September 2002 and, after working at two large international law firms, joined Birketts in January 2016. She is a Senior Associate in the Agriculture and Estates Team in our Norwich office.

Esther specialises in mainly non-contentious agricultural and real estate law but has over ten years’ previous experience in real estate litigation and dispute resolution management; including arbitration, mediation and more informal alternative dispute resolution (ADR). 

Esther acts for high net-worth individuals, institutional, charitable and corporate clients on a wide variety of transactional matters, and is experienced in dealing with acquisitions, disposals and re-financing of farms and estates with (or without) subsidies and environmental scheme agreements. Esther’s experience also extends to overage agreements, options and conditional contracts, easements and landlord and tenant concerns. Esther also advises on complex private rights of way matters and boundary queries.

Esther advises on diversification projects, including commercial lettings and renewable energy projects (such as wind farms and anaerobic digestion plants). She has also acted for a number of landowners in relation to sales of land and options for commercial and large scale residential development, including new garden towns.

Esther undertakes a broad range of work within the team but has a particular specialism in advising on agricultural tenancy matters both under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. Esther has acted for clients at the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (Agricultural Land and Drainage) in relation to succession applications and land drainage disputes. Esther produces a series of podcasts addressing key questions arising out of the occupation of land by agricultural tenants.

Esther has experience in the following:

  • Sale and purchase of working farms as a going concern (including where there are large scale diversification projects).
  • Disposal of farms on retirement and partitioning of farms following changes in the structure of farming businesses.
  • Sale and purchase of a wide range of residential property, freehold and leasehold, in both urban and rural settings, often involving listed dwellings.
  • Sale and purchase of large estates subject to secure/long term agricultural, commercial and residential tenancies.
  • Auction sales of agricultural estates and farms in multiple lots.
  • Acting for both landlords and tenants in relation to the surrender and re-grant of tenancies subject to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
  • Acting for both landlords and tenants in relation to the grant and variation of Farm Business Tenancies.
  • Voluntary first registrations of large estates.

Esther grew up in the South West. Before qualifying as a Solicitor, Esther studied Linguistics at Durham University and then completed her Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course in Bristol.

Esther is a member of the Agricultural Law Association. She has spoken on easements, restrictive covenants and termination of agricultural tenancies at various client-focussed training events.

Esther was one of 20 selected nationwide to attend the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s inaugural Returning Talent programme. Outside of work, she volunteers for a local animal charity and reads as much as her two children allow.

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