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Our Top Tier Legal 500 Agriculture Team assists individual farmers, rural landowners and their families in managing all aspects of their finances and personal lives. The Team are based at our dedicated agricultural office at Gadbrook Park, Northwich and operate 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.

We will work with you to ensure both financial security and personal peace of mind whether that be in putting in place succession plans for your business or during the breakdown of a relationship.

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.

Succession planning is an essential part of ensuring your assets, your business and your family are protected and able to thrive in the future. We will take time to learn about your situation and your goals, whether that be in respect of the business or personally and will create the best plan to achieve these goals.

 

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.

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.

Farming families can be structurally complex, often with more than one generation or arm of the family being involved in the business and residing on the farm. Knowledge of the farming business therefore is essential to be able to properly advise if a relationship breaks down. The team at Butcher & Barlow have been personally involved with the industry for years and can therefore relate to, and fully understand, the issues being faced.

 

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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 below and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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Who will succeed you in the family farming business?

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Choosing the best business structure for your farming enterprise

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Agricultural Property Relief

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Meet the
Agriculture and Rural Estates Team

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.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Insights

What our clients say about our Agriculture and Rural Affairs Service

Graham Gigg is very well known in the agricultural sector and is considered to be a trusted adviser. He is extremely approachable and has a great depth of knowledge of the law.

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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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