10 August 2015 - Article
Advising several Estates on all aspects of their property work, in conjunction with the private client team, who advise on the tax side. The property work includes advising on the option and lease of renewables sites, advising on farming tenancies, the first registration of various unregistered properties, the sale of cottages on the Estate, the purchase of farm land, the negotiation of a telecommunications leases and other ad hoc matters, as and when they arise.
Advising on the purchase of a large country house and land in Surrey, which was an ‘arts and crafts’ period listed building which is located in the middle of a private estate. Our role involved negotiating and agreeing the contract for the purchase of the property, considering the listed building and planning aspects of the sale, advising on access to the property through the private estate and common land, and on the SDLT treatment of the purchase.
Advising on the purchase of an estate in Northumberland. The listed property comprised a house, cottages and farmland. As well as negotiating the contract for the purchase, we reviewed the farming arrangements in order to deal with their novation on completion, together with the various farm subsidies in place on the land.
Advising an Estate client on an option agreement and lease of a significant minerals project in the North East.
Advising on the purchase of a grouse moor in the north of England. This was an off-market purchase of the freehold of the moor, comprising 7,500 acres, forestry and sporting rights, together with two cottages.
Advising on the sale of a grouse moor in the Peak District. An off-market sale with a tight deadline.
Working with the team on the sale and purchase of numerous large Estates throughout England and Wales. Our work involves advising on all aspects on the sale and purchase, including: planning and development aspects, tenancy arrangements, sporting and fishing rights, overage, easements and covenants as well as liaising with our colleagues on the tax structuring, SDLT and VAT and employment aspects.
Advising landowning clients and developer clients in relation to anaerobic digestion, solar and wind farm projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We draft and negotiate the documentation, as well as deduce title, raise and reply to enquiries and conduct searches. For developer clients, we also assist our corporate team with the investment and sale aspects of a matter.
England and Wales, 2010
County Land and Business Association
Cambridge University Land Society
Agricultural Law Association
Young Professionals Forum
Me in a minute
I was drawn to law by a love of digging into things
As an archaeology graduate, I think I was drawn to law by a love of digging into things and fitting pieces of a puzzle together to build up a picture. Rural property law in particular allows me to do that every day (in a metaphorical sense!), such as when I research tricky areas of agricultural law to answer clients’ queries and when I undertake due diligence on properties which our clients are selling, buying and leasing.
I’m a keen museum-goer and love to travel both in the UK and to far-flung places. I enjoy skiing and running (I ran the London Marathon - slowly - in 2015) and I spend as much time in the great outdoors as I can. I’m also a member of a very competitive pub quiz team, which is good training for the yearly Withers landed estates Christmas quiz.