Our experienced agricultural property team provide expert advice in relation to the buying and selling of farms, leading you through the entire conveyancing process from start to finish. This includes help on the associated matters that come with any agricultural transaction.
There are many issues that you may need to consider before the negotiations commence, and our team will be happy to discuss these with your land agent. By so doing, we will be able to achieve the most advantageous deal for you.
Once the terms of the transaction have been agreed, we will take you through the various stages of the conveyancing process. These start with the investigative stage. All the necessary searches will be carried out and advice provided on any search issues which need attention, whether you are buying or selling.
We will handle all the queries on your behalf, and deal with all the legal aspects including any stamp duty requirements. We can also help with any funding matters.
All post-completion work will then be arranged, including recording the transaction at the Land Registry. Other civil matters such, as when land is encumbered by tenancies, or rights of way and easements, the granting of overage or the discharge of any connected obligations, plus any leases or tenancies will all be finalised by us.
Agricultural land is often sold for development or other purposes. The size of the land package involved varies greatly, but no matter how big or small, our farm and estate team can help.
Specialist knowledge is required in many instances, issues to do with of rights of way, easements and the transfer or retention of any entitlement to subsidies being just a few.
Our solicitors are also well versed in dealing with land sales involving their re-use for renewable energy, such as wind farms or solar panels, as well as telecommunication site and even vehicle charging stations.
When it comes to the agricultural sector, there are many sources of disputes. Some are in relation to the land itself such as land occupation and ownership/partnership disputes, others are of a personal nature, like wills, probate, separation or divorce. Even the equipment purchased or sold may lead to litigation if they are not deemed suitable for use. A contract you may have entered into in good faith could also be the cause of problems. There could be a problem with professional advice you’ve received which turned out to be poor, and has itself ended in dispute.
Agricultural law is a specialised area, and the drafting of farm partnerships and business structures is one area that needs to be carried out with the utmost diligence and attention to detail. As with any business, it is necessary to ensure that it is set up in the most tax-efficient manner and that all matters such as wills and trusts are being used correctly.
Where you are considering taking on, or offering a farm business tenancy, we will ensure that this is fair and sets out the obligations and responsibilities relating to both the tenant and the landlord. In such agreements, it is vital for each party to understand what they are responsible for, thus ensuring that the tenancy runs smoothly.
At Wayman & Long we prioritise transparent communication about fees. Although each journey is unique, we have compiled a downloadable fees guide which can give an indication to the likely costs associated with your situation.