Agriculture

Agriculture is in the front line of economic, technical and scientific change, but at the same time it represents traditions and values bred over generations.

Agriculture

It is second nature for farmers to understand the workings of their land and livestock, however they need a broader skill set to negotiate the demands of today’s agriculture sector.

As farm businesses evolve, farmers must be fluent in the language of business management and up to date with administrative tasks such as human resources, compliance and regulation.

As individuals, they face a complex landscape of regulation and legal decision making.

At Birketts, our aim is to help our clients succeed. Whether you are introducing a new business model or entrepreneurial idea, or looking to future proof your business or family affairs, our team will help you steer a path to success.

We have an award-winning Agriculture and Estates Team which is one of the largest and best qualified in the UK. We are frequently recommended by land agents, accountants and advisors across the country who recognise our expertise.

Our team is partner-led, and with many of our people from agricultural backgrounds we speak the same language you do.

We 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.

Our pricing structure is consistent and we deliver our services in a way which you like to receive them, looking to build long-lasting relationships with our clients.

Our experience base is broad covering commercial development, residential transactions, equine trading, mines and minerals and agricultural tenancy disputes. This enables us to understand your business and the challenges and opportunities you face day to day.

We pride ourselves on our quick response and proactivity, highlighting problem areas at the start so they can 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. 

Our agriculture 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
  • Habitat Management Schemes and Carbon Capture and offsetting arrangements

Following our clients’ lead, we work collaboratively and inclusively with other departments in the firm and other professionals to provide you with a complete service. Whether it’s 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’.

The Birketts team are an asset to any transaction; they have the strength in numbers to be able to deliver but are well managed by the partners in the team so work is delegated effectively..

Chambers [UK 2022]