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Farm labour shortage addressed – but is it enough?

Mandie Sewa

Last week the government announced a new nationwide pilot scheme for seasonal agricultural workers from outside EEA countries to come and work in the UK. The scheme is aimed at alleviating the chronic shortage of workers in the farming industry following Brexit. Workers will be allowed to stay for up to 6 months before returning home.

AHA tenancy loophole

Sarah Jordan

We all work in the rural sector so the basics of AHA tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA) should be familiar territory.

Boundary disputes and encroachments

Simon Beetham

Rural and agricultural properties and Estates often have boundaries that are not clearly demarcated by physical boundary structures.  

Commoner’s Corner, New Forest rights – does your property benefit?

Kerry Dovey

The New Forest was designated a national park in 2005 and is one of the most visited National Parks in the UK. 

Every farmer should have a Lasting powers of Attorney

Philip Whitcomb

A Property & Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can prove essential in helping to protect a farm should the farmer become unable to take an active role in its day to day activities, through old age, accident or mental/physical illness.

Somerset farming company fined £16,000 for breach of work at height regulations

David Thompson

Evercreech Park Farms Ltd was recently fined £16,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of just under £3,500 for a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.  

Shooting rights – case law update

Jack Keats

A recent decision in the High Court, Fuller v Kitzing and another [2017] EWHC 810 (Ch), will be of interest to our readers regarding the interpretation of shooting rights especially when they are reserved to third parties. 

Bank security: The benefits of landowners, banks and solicitors working together

Kerry Dovey

We all know farmers don’t like selling land to release capital. Re-financing is often the better option to raise cash to invest in your farming business. Whether it is to buy more land or convert redundant buildings, allowing a bank to take a charge over your assets is an obvious choice to release funds. 

Licensed shoots - Farm diversification

Sarah Jordan

From oil paintings to period dramas to the Shooting Times, the shooting season is the inspiration for many quintessentially British countryside scenes. It is also a lucrative earner for landowners who licence their land for game bird shoots, game shooting and clay shoots. 

Exchange in one day? Yes, it’s possible, says Ed Whittington

Edward Whittington

Moving house is a tortuous process in every way, usually not helped by the legal process which can drag on for several months without any explanation whatsoever. 

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