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Owners of rural property have a wide range of legal requirements – and need advice from specialists who have a thorough understanding of the issues faced by those operating in the rural sector.

We have one of the largest teams of rural lawyers in the country, and as a client, you can expect us to have a thorough understanding of all countryside issues and to provide seamless advice in relation to all aspects of your business and rural assets.

We have over 200 years’ experience of providing multi-disciplinary advice to landowners – whether they own private rural property, historic estates with houses open to the public, recently acquired farms or rural investment portfolios.

As well as providing industry specialists, our Agriculture, Farms and Estates team works closely with other teams across the firm.  The team is supported by one of the largest and most experienced private client and tax teams in the country – and the skills and experience of our Commercial, Employment, Disputes and Energy and Renewables teams can be called upon to provide comprehensive specialist advice as and when required.

We pride ourselves on the personal attention we give our clients.  Every client has a dedicated partner who acts as an accessible first point of contact within the firm – developing a thorough understanding of each client’s particular aims, objectives and requirements. We develop long-term relationships with our clients which are characterised by genuine trust and affection.

"They have a massive reputation in this area of law and a very good understanding of the industry."

"They have a very strong agricultural practice, particularly on the rural property side."

Chambers 2017

"Bond Dickinson LLP is valued for its ‘broad knowledge of all legal issues which arise in agricultural and rural estates'. Department head, Simon Kirkup, is ‘consistently calm and always delivers'."

Legal 500 UK Guide 2015

Get in touch

T:+44 (0)191 279 9374

What we do

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Sales and purchases of land, woodland, farms and estates
  • Sales and purchases of sporting estates 
  • Capital Tax planning
  • Planning and development
  • Rights of way, wayleaves and public access
  • Utilities, easements and wayleaves
  • Partnership issues
  • Registration of land, minerals and protection of third party interests at the Land Registry
  • Mineral extraction and exploitation of mineral rights
  • Wind farm, solar, hydro and bio-gas schemes
  • Agricultural tenancies and tenancy disputes
  • Common land, manorial issues and rights of reverter
  • Environmental and waste management matters
  • Contentious issues, litigation, arbitration and tribunals
  • Agricultural subsidies
  • Rural commercial tenancies
  • Telecommunications leases
  • Agricultural joint ventures and partnerships
  • The acquisition and disposal of landed estates and rural property portfolios
  • Estate management matters.

Sector expertise

We have expertise across a range of sectors including: