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Stamp Duty Land Tax - Reliefs and Mitigation

Elinor Davis

Most people are by now aware that in March 2016 the government overhauled the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates, ostensibly to “reform” and “make fairer” the process for “hard working families” – that oft used phrase beloved of politicians, but in fact resulting in significant increases in the amount of tax paid on properties over £250,000

Agricultural property relief, what to do following the death of a farmer

Philip Whitcomb

It will come as no surprise to many of you that even with a lack of resources in personnel and time, HMRC and the District Valuers are under pressure to maximise the inheritance tax intake.

Farm diversification – Film on a farm

Sarah Jordan

‘Film on a Farm’ is an outdoor cinema experience held in a beautiful rural location on a farm and while it originated in the South, it has been touring the UK this year with the hope to expand through franchise going forward. I have been to one and it is a great experience, especially going on a particularly beautiful evening! 

Septic tanks a dirty word

Kerry Dovey

When you are marvelling in the peace and tranquillity of having bought a home in the countryside, you are unlikely to find yourself in your new garden, enjoying the spring blossoms whilst considering the subject of sewage.  Although a dirty word, come 2020, ‘sewage’ will be at the forefront of the minds of most sellers and buyers of rural property.

Looking ahead: the outlook for agricultural workers post-Brexit

Katherine Maxwell

The UK agricultural industry undoubtedly faces uncertain times ahead following the outcome of the EU referendum, and whether this will amount to positive or negative change remains to be seen.

Farm diversification part 3: tourist accommodation

Sarah Jordan

With more and more farms diversifying into tourist accommodation, it is important for farmers to consider the legal implications of inviting third parties onto their property.

Improving communication in rural property through shared data rooms

Edward Whittington

Rural properties are usually complex and involve a lot of documentation, information and data. Therefore one of the biggest challenges between clients and professionals is how best to share all the information and documentation. 

Farm diversification part 2: commercial lets

Sarah Jordan

Often a commercial let of a redundant farm building proves a useful compliment and additional income stream to traditional farming practices on a farm.

Promotion agreements: the advantages and disadvantages

Edward Whittington

Promotion agreements are fast becoming a popular choice both for landowners and developers and this article illustrates a brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages for both parties.

Ensuring the future of your farm

Philip Whitcomb

There have been a number of recent studies which have shown that farms lacking proper succession planning are less likely to survive in the future.


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