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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Solicitors Services

Our Top Tier Legal 500 Agriculture Team provides open and client-focused advice on a broad range of rural matters from farm sales and boundary issues through to succession planning and business structures. The Team is based at our dedicated agricultural office at Gadbrook Park, Northwich and operates across the whole of the North West.

Providing legal assistance to an extensive range of clients from estate owners to tenant farmers, smallholders and agri-business, we pride ourselves on building long- term relationships and get to know you and your objectives. We provide detailed, common-sense legal advice as well as practical assistance, tailored to your individual situation and needs.

Butcher & Barlow understands your business and the challenges and opportunities you face day to day. Working in collaboration with our other teams in Company and Commercial, Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution and Private Client departments we aim to become an integral part of your professional support team.

How can we help you?

Whether a small paddock or a hundred acres of land, our team will share the load and guide and advise you through every step of the process. We will cover everything from the fundamentals of the transaction, to looking at rights of way, overages, subsidies, and tenancies.

As rural enterprises diversify or grow, it is important to ensure that the correct business model is in place to ensure both tax efficiency and that it meets the long term needs, protecting your core assets and objectives of the business owners. Working with the corporate and commercial team and your accountants, we will listen, advise and guide you to ensure you are provided with the appropriate solution for you, your family and your future generations.

Having a written agreement in place for the use of land is of paramount importance if you are to minimise the possibility of a dispute. Our team will assist with all manner of agreements from business tenancies to Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, Grazing Licences to Sporting Rights. We also have the expertise to guide and advise on options and leases of mineral rights and renewable energy. We act for both landlords and tenants and will work with you and your land agent to achieve the outcome that best meets your objectives.

We are able to advise on and prepare or update all manner of commercial agreements from partnership agreements to contract farming agreements, distribution agreements and employment contracts. We will ensure that all parties understand their rights and obligations, and if something has gone wrong, our Dispute Resolution team will assist in its resolution.

If you are selling land which may have a potential for future development, we will help determine the best way to ensure that your interests as a seller are protected and that you can share in any future profit. We will also advise on existing option and promotion agreements which may be unclear and open to ambiguity.

From rights of access to agreements with third parties such as utility suppliers, we will guide you through your rights and obligations, and assist in negotiating the rights you need or wish to reserve for yourself.

Whether you are considering investing in wind turbines, solar energy or biomass, our team will advise on existing and on-going projects to new emerging technologies.

Butcher & Barlow provide an all encompassing legal service to the Equine industry including horse riders, horse owners and equestrian businesses and organisations. From property matters to contracts to disputes, the team have been personally involved with the industry for years and can therefore relate to, and fully understand, the issues being faced.

Butcher & Barlow have close links with the agricultural and farming communities as well as strong working relationships with Land Agents and other rural specialists across the region. We are happy to meet jointly with you and your other professional advisers at a location convenient to you.

If you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation, whether that be by video, telephone or in person, to discuss your requirements, please get in touch with any member of our team. Alternatively, complete our enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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Our people are what makes Butcher & Barlow what it is. Each one of our team is committed to building a solid, long-lasting working relationship with our clients across Bury, Manchester and Cheshire.

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What our clients say about our Agriculture and Rural Affairs Service

Thank you very much for all your efforts in getting our matter completed for us. We appreciate it has not been straightforward and understand you have put the hours in to work through it for us.

Mrs A

Mike Bracegirdle has acted for us now on several occasions in respect of property conveyancing. He was recommended by a Surveyor well known to your Firm and who we trust implicitly. Mike is a true professional and as clients, we feel completely safe and secure in his hands. His team are also very efficient but I suspect that he expects them to adopt the same standards as he does. He is very quick to respond to any queries and his answers are always pertinent. Despite whatever work pressures he may/may not be under, he always delivers the same standard of service and achieves the expected deadline.

V Phillips

It is always nice to know that when you introduce someone that they are upholding good standards.

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