Our rural property solicitors can advise you on all aspects of buying and selling farms, smallholdings and land. Liaising between your accountants, surveyors and commercial property agents, we act on your behalf to make sure that all parties know what is happening at all times.
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At each of Coodes’ eight offices our lawyers who have many years of experience in agricultural and rural matters will ensure your transaction is dealt with professionally throughout the entire process.
Generations of land owning clients have trusted Coodes with their legal work, and the firm has taken great pride in watching those rural businesses develop, diversify and succeed. There are challenges which are unique to the industry which is why it is crucial that we do not just offer specialist legal advice, but also that we understand the challenges of the sector and are able to provide business advice and friendly support, throughout good times, and also in difficult times.
Buying and selling
- Community Property Trusts
- Overage and Clawback
Farm Business Tenancy
Here at Coodes we have provided advice on the contents of FBT’s since their introduction in 1995 and are happy to draft new FBT’s for clients. We also have extensive knowledge of and can help you with a number of other areas from an Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy, to a Share Farming Agreement, a Contracting Agreement or a Grazing Agreement.
Land and agricultural disputes
We at Coodes are proud of our agricultural heritage and pride ourselves in representing the rural and agricultural community even when disputes arise. We recognise that resolving disputes in this area can be difficult and challenging but we are well placed to do this.
Our expert team have extensive experience of dealing with all types of disputes arising out of agricultural and rural land ownership. We regularly deal with disputes arising from the purchase of agricultural land, disputes about ownership of and investment in land, and arguments over agricultural tenancies, and farm business tenancies.
We also have huge experience in dealing with disputes about the location of boundaries, use and obstruction of rights to land (such as rights of way) and trespass.
Our team has also developed specific expertise in claims arising from climate change such as flooding, subsidence and land slides which can be complex and very stressful for land owners.
Our dispute team also have expertise in disputes between family members and partners about farming and farm businesses and understand the human side of these difficult claims.
If you are considering farm diversification Coodes can work with you and your accountants, bankers and consultants regarding everything from whether or not you need to set up a new business entity, to planning issues, taxation (there could be considerations for Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and VAT) to restrictive covenants within the deeds preventing or restricting the planned activity.
- Agricultural Tax Issues
Farming is very often a family business, and all families are different. Therefore it is vital that your Partnership Agreement has been drafted with your particular circumstances in mind, to protect all parties in the event of things not working out as originally planned. If you do not have a formal agreement, you are effectively leaving things to the antiquated and lightweight Partnership Act from the 19th Century, which may have all sorts of unforeseen consequences.
Please call us to discuss a bespoke Farming Partnership Agreement.
In any farming or land management business you need to keep up to date with the latest environmental law and its requirements. We can advise you on what you need to know and how not to fall foul of these regulations before it is too late.
Mike Gregson at the Coodes’ Newquay office is one of the leading lawyers in the South West in this field. Getting environmental issues wrong can be a criminal offence – being a criminal lawyer, rather than a civil dispute lawyer, Mike has the experience and skills to make a real difference.
Pam Johns and Flora - You two ladies are simply the best, massive thanks for all your hard work. You have both been amazing.
Pam Johns and Flora, have been as always, amazing. Very professional, while making you feel at ease about matters that you do not understand. Will use again and recommend.
Kevin George - We realise that you have gone the extra mile on many occasions.
Kevin George - Looking back, it seems to have gone from an offer to exchange in about 4 weeks, which is quite exceptional, and your role has been pivotal in achieving this result.
Pam Johns - I have recommended you to many of my customers.
Pam Johns - efficient and professional
Pam Johns - I reckon you are the best / most user friendly / most efficient solicitor.
Lisa Robinson - You have been incredibly helpful and really swift at getting everything done!
It was really impressive how you turned the work around in such a short space of time.
Thank you for getting the legal work done so quickly and efficiently.
Kirsty Davey was wonderful in helping when we were against very tight deadlines, always calm and reassuring.
Excellent liaison throughout the work undertaken on our behalf.
A lot of my customers utilise Pam as she gets the job done and more often than not in very tight timescalesBanking Relationship Director
Coodes - especially Pam Johns, is by far the best lawyer in this area.Banking Relationship Director
Coodes are my go to firm of solicitors when asked to recommend a solicitor that can achieve tight timescales - they always deliver and Pam and I work very well together.Banking Relationship Director
Pam is approachable and extremely knowledgeable.Banking Relationship Director
Pam is so dedicated to her clients and works tirelessly to get a deal done.Banking Relationship Director
Lisa Robinson - Thank you again for being so thorough on our behalf and for being so pleasant to deal with.
It has been a pleasure doing business with you all
Thanks for putting us on touch with Pam. We're going to instruct her to act on our behalf. Had a chat with 4 different firms and Coodes by far the most transparent, what a relief.