Landed estates

Whether you hold private rural property, a historic estate open to the public, or newly acquired farms, we can advise you.

We draw teams of solicitors together from across our firm – so no job is too big. We’re proud of our diverse, multidisciplinary team. They work with charitable trusts and companies, private trusts, high net-worth individuals, land consortia and family partnerships.

How we can help

Our team are up to date in all types of law. That means we can advise you on:

  • tax and succession planning
  • business and ownership structures
  • art, chattels and conditional exemption
  • events and public access
  • renewable energy 
  • mineral and sporting rights
  • agricultural property
  • real estate disputes
  • planning, development and construction
  • commercial property
  • employees
  • health and safety

Our experience

We act for over 60 landed estates across the UK. Here are a few recent examples of our private wealth and agricultural lawyers’ work:

  • we created an estate management partnership to run a family’s residential portfolio which was held in trust, removing the need for the trustees to employ staff
  • we structured the ownership of development land to cut potential tax liabilities, including giving advice on land pooling
  • we restructured farm tenancies to get the freeholder 100% agricultural property relief
  • we’ve helped numerous clients structure their businesses following the decisions in the cases of IRC v Farmer and Balfour to secure 100% business property relief on let residential properties and other investment assets
  • we advised family trustees on how to manage risk and minimise liability
  • we secured conditional exemption on a Grade 1 listed mansion, allowing the owner to defer paying inheritance tax while the property remained unsold and accessible to the public in a controlled manner
  • we partitioned a family estate to make sure it stayed in the same family, but to provide liquidity and independence for a brother who wasn’t involved in running the estate
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