RURAL SERVICES

For those who live in the countryside, we believe that the farming community is the back bone to the nation’s economy.

Many of our clients who are based in the West Country are involved directly or indirectly in the farming and food sectors. We pride ourselves upon the complete range of legal services that we are able to offer to our clients involved in the agriculture and food sectors. We understand farming and farmers, and their key role in the food supply chain and the rural economy.

We help our clients in the farming and related sectors to deal with the increasing challenges that they face, ranging from regulatory controls, wealth creation and protection, business structuring, succession, finance and, of course, the dreaded dispute resolution.

The increase in the value of agricultural land in the last twenty years has meant that many farmers have found themselves sat on valuable land assets, but against the backdrop of falling prices and global over production, the income returns have been poor for the labour and associated capital investments. These financial dynamics have generated new pressure points on the traditional farming family business, causing disputes between family members that, unfortunately, have led to litigation in some instances.

Whether or not there is any truth in the old adage that “there is no such thing as a poor farmer”, farmers and those who are involved in the rural economy certainly face serious challenges to their livelihood and way of life. We have expert and experienced lawyers who are able to help. Examples of our services to the rural sector include the following:

Property Transactions

  • Buying and selling farms
  • Buying and selling land (including at auction)
  • Land promotion for development
  • Farm Business Tenancies
  • Agricultural tenancy advice
  • Easements and wayleaves
  • Solar panel and telecommunications leases
  • Planning and development aspects ancillary to diversification

Wills, Tax & Probate

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • The creation and management of trusts
  • Wills

Litigation & Family

  • Financial settlements upon divorce
  • Partnership disputes and dissolution
  • Recovering trade debts and defending claims

Business

  • Drafting partnership agreements
  • Advising upon security and re-financing agreements

Related Services

We help farmers face increasing challenges
We offer a range of legal services for clients in the agricultural and food industries

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Contact us by telephone on 01460 279279 or click the button if you would like to enquire about a particular matter without obligation.

Latest News

Rosanna and Karen promotion
Karen Mace and Rosanna Derryman promoted to Associates

We’re delighted to announce that Rosanna Derryman from our Wills and Probate Team and Karen Mace from our Property Team have been promoted to the position of Associate. Both are long-standing members of staff who provide outstanding levels of service to their clients for whom they are always willing to “go the extra mile”! We managed to drag them away from work just long enough to have their photo taken with Sarah Warren, head of our Property Team! Congratulations to them both!

Charles promotion
Charles Aslett promoted to Head of Residential Property

We’re delighted to announce that Charles Aslett has been promoted to Head of Residential Property at Stokes Partners. Charles joined us in 2020 and has worked extraordinarily hard to support his team and our clients through the pandemic and the Stamp Duty “holiday” periods. We are sure that the team will go from strength to strength under his leadership. Charles is pictured with Sarah Warren, Head of Property and Joanne Butler, Operations Partner.

Will Writing
The fundamentals of wills: Revocation

Our partner Michael looks at what makes a will and how they work, starting with revocation. Michael specialises in wills and inheritance disputes which means he is well position to explain this area and consider what happen when things go wrong.
The execution of a will, in most circumstances, revokes an earlier one.

A revocation clause, usually found at the start of a will, ensures there can be no doubt that the testator wanted their new will to replace an earlier one.