Farming, agriculture, forestry and horticulture are the backbone of life in the countryside. No two operations are the same and pressures to find additional sources of income through diversification have brought substantial changes to many agricultural operations. Whatever you do we have experienced specialist lawyers who can talk your language and give you the help and advice you need.
There is no such thing as a ‘normal’ farm or agricultural operation, they are all different. Some are operated through companies and other corporate structures while many are family businesses operating through partnerships, trusts and less formal arrangements. Behind many is the problem of substantial capital wealth (the land) while cash and income are hard to come by. Farm tenancies also provide their own opportunities and problems.
Agricultural and rural operations come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from large corporate operations to marginal hill farms, all have their particular opportunities and challenges. You also have to deal with issues peculiar to your industries. Urban businesses don’t have to deal with farm tenancies, grazing agreements, special tax allowances, subsidies, the CAP, water extraction, footpaths and bridleways, and many other issues unique to the countryside.
Rural areas contain a wide range of agri-businesses, supporting and supplying farming, agriculture, forestry and horticulture together with many other businesses, rural business parks, market towns and villages; often based on tourism, leisure activities, the food industry and farming diversification.
We have commercial and corporate experts who deal with buying, selling and restructuring businesses in rural areas and dealing with their contractual matters and other issues, including ownership, business structure and succession.