Agriculture & estates
Because most of our team are from a farming background, we see issues from an insider’s perspective; we therefore understand the pressures clients face and work together with agents, estate and farm managers to provide cost-effective solutions.
We act for landed estates, trust and farming companies, families, and charities with agricultural properties and interests. We also represent overseas purchasers and other foreign-based investors.
We handle purchases and sales, contract farming, share farming agreements, tenancy issues, property rights, plus agricultural, residential and commercial leases. We also give expert advice on development, overage arrangements and diversification.
Our team helps to set up companies and partnerships, and assists businesses with commercial contracts and employment.
Meanwhile, individuals appreciate our help with estate and tax planning, family trusts, the structuring of acquisitions and land holdings, and employment contracts or employment issues.
Whatever their position, we take time to understand your specific aims and concerns. We also get to know them as people: we provide a personal service with a single point of contact.
Our lawyers make complex processes simple, explain legal processes clearly, and provide expert advice that considers commercial realities carefully.
Don't just take our word for it...
'Undoubtedly the biggest and the best in the South East'
'Great depth of knowledge regarding all aspects of acquisition and disposal of farms and estates.'
'All team members are enlightened and wholly focused on the outcome.'
'The individuals I work with are accessible, generally respond quickly to queries raised and give sound advice.'
'They have a deep and well established knowledge of their subject and a very proactive approach to dealing with each case they take on.'
"a strong player in the market."
"a significant firm"
‘Sally Firby has a virtually unique depth of knowledge of the farms and estates markets. She is always accessible and insightful, as well as being highly efficient.’
‘Sally Firby is the “must go to” person for all high-value agricultural property sales and purchases. Very adroit and clear thinking. She is without equal.’
'They are a very good firm'
'They are a stalwart in this market and offer a very good service.'
a "major powerhouse in the South East" with "a loyal client base among the rural community."
"Kit Mordaunt was excellent at all times. I cannot speak too highly of his service and help"
"Cripps remain one of the strongest, if not the strongest rural legal teams in the South."
"Sally Firby is the optimum professional, being very approachable and communicative with a firm grasp and knowledge of her subject and client case to ensure great results in very quick time."