Skip to Content

Agriculture, Food and Rural Business

Agriculture, Food and Rural Business

About

Hewitsons has the expertise to cover a diverse range of agricultural and rural issues. From rights of way, to legal situations involving wind farms, to equine issues and everything in between. We are proud to have been selected as a member of the NFU Legal Panel Firms to provide support and professional guidance to farmers.

Hewitsons' Rural Business team of agricultural lawyers delivers specialist advice and a gateway to other services of the firm. This gives you the benefit of an integrated approach based on a clear understanding of the way you operate. As ever, we put your needs as a client at the centre of our thinking.

Our agricultural law clients are mainly private individuals running agricultural and rural businesses or who are using farmland as an investment. Many traditional farms are run as partnerships of family members, while some are sole traders. A minority will be run through companies. Whatever the ownership, our advice will be timely, relevant and delivered with an understanding of commercial realities.

We act for a number of charities, including the RSPB, as well as local authorities and public bodies such as HCA.

Specific expertise within the team includes:

  • Sale and purchase of farms and farmland, as well as other aspects of the transfer of the farming business; transfer of single payments and any environmental stewardship scheme obligations, and any other agri-environmental schemes
  • Grant, termination and dealings with all types of tenancies – agricultural tenancies, residential tenancies (e.g. estate farm cottages) and business leases
  • Sales for non-agricultural use: particularly the grant of options and sales of farmland to developers acquiring land for residential and commercial development
  • Diversification projects where farmers are seeking additional income from new projects
  • Renewable energy projects, including wind farms
  • Single payments, environmental stewardship schemes, milk and other quotas
  • Mineral leases
  • Heritage property
  • Sales/purchase/letting of estate/farm cottages and other residential property
  • Sporting rights

We can draw on expertise from elsewhere in the firm for:

  • Taxation, particularly Inheritance Tax advice
  • Wills and succession planning
  • Trusts and charities
  • Employment issues
  • Planning and development matters
  • Compliance with environmental legislation
  • Partnership matters
  • Incorporation of businesses
  • Pensions

Hewitsons has been a leader in agricultural law and rural business services for more than 100 years. Our team of agricultural solicitors has the experience, knowledge and relevant professional memberships to go on delivering outstanding service.

The Agriculture, Food & Rural Business team sends out a bi-monthly newsletter that contains important legal updates and advice to those working in the Agricultural sector. If you would like to be included in this mailing list then please complete this form here. Alternatively you can view all past newsletters in our legal update section.

 

Key Contacts

Denise Wilkinson - Partner

Denise Wilkinson

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532743

+ Read More

Gareth Williams - Partner

Gareth Williams

Partner

+44 (0)1604 463344

+ Read More

Meet the team

Latest testimonials

"We have used Stephanie Dennis for recent projects and we are very pleased and satisfied. We will continue to use Hewitsons in the future."
Mr & Mrs L

"Thanks to Stephanie Dennis who handled the land sale who was always helpful and patient with precise answers to any query presented."
Executors of Mrs R

"Stephanie Dennis is very diligent, efficient and communicative. Her work is always carried out with complete professionalism and skill."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


Latest testimonials

"Charles Hewitson is involved at all levels on a personal and business level. He is an excellent leader and ambassador for the firm."
Client quote to Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Denise Wilkinson exhibits great knowledge and attention to detail."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"I work regularly with Denise Wilkinson who is exceptional in every way.” 
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Denise Wilkinson provides excellent advice on a range of property matters in a concise and clear way which is readily understood.”

Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500








Latest testimonials

"Susanne Hinde is particularly good and ensures a clear and rapid response of all of the team members."
Client quote to Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics"
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


"The whole team offers excellent customer service, being responsive and timely with its advice"
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“A dynamic yet pragmatic approach to getting the job done.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Hewitsons has high professional standards. They are well informed, cover all of our necessary disciplines and cover them well. They are always available at short notice when required.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500




Latest testimonials

Gareth Williams has a practical and proactive approach to projects, which is often missing elsewhere‘.
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Back to top