Stratford upon Avon T: 01789 293259
Henley in Arden T: 01564 792261
Cheltenham T: 01242 228370
Birmingham T: 0121 200 0890

Rural Sector

The rural sector is unique in many ways and demands legal expertise covering a broader spectrum than probably any other area.

Many landowners have had to alter their farming practices and diversify, in response to increasing economic and social pressures. Now more than ever before it is crucial to have advisers who really understand the market sector and provide advice individually tailored to personal requirements. We have one of the largest and most experienced teams of agricultural solicitors in the region, many of whom have first-hand experience of the wide-ranging needs of those who live and work in the countryside, whether they are farmers, land or property owners or diversified rural businesses.

Our team of experienced solicitors is respected nationally for our breadth of expertise and approachable, hands-on manner. We give fast, cost-effective legal and business advice to farmers, landowners and trustees across England and Wales. We advise our clients on all rural matters by combining the talents of our practitioners in the agricultural, private client, real estate and business departments.

As a farming business, it is important to have succession plans in place to protect the future of the business for when its ownership changes. Visit our ‘health check’ to see how future-proof your business is and how the team at Lodders can help you to protect it.

To find out more about Lodders’ rural sector services, please fill in the enquiry form below or contact a member of our team.

Alternatively you can contact Lodders’ specialist rural sector solicitors on 01789 293259 (Stratford upon Avon) or 01242 228370 (Cheltenham).

Our services include...

  • Landed Estates
  • Agri-business and the Common Agricultural Policy
  • Agricultural holdings; tenancies and succession
  • Agricultural tribunals, arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Banking and insolvency
  • Boundary and title issues
  • Business & commercial contracts
  • Clawback and options
  • Country house sales & purchases
  • Employment and assured agricultural occupancies
  • Environmental issues
  • Equine law
  • Family & divorce matters
  • Farm sales and purchases
  • Farming business sale and purchase
  • Farming business structure; partnerships, companies, share farming and contract farming
  • Highways
  • Land and property disputes
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Private rights of way and access to land
  • Renewable energy and solar panels
  • Rural planning, including CLEUDs and agricultural occupancy restrictions
  • Succession planning and restructuring
  • Tax planning
  • Wills and probate

Meet the Team

Constantine Berry
Senior Associate
Rod Bird
Consulting Partner
Kim Klahn
Mark Lewis
David Lodder
Victoria Longmore
Senior Associate
Michael Orlik
John Rouse
Nick Rowe
Nicola Smith
Senior Associate
Natalie Smith
Russell Spencer
Senior Associate
Anna Turnell


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