Rural Land & Business

OVERVIEW

Few firms of lawyers act for more landed estates in England and Wales than Hunters – and we increasingly act for families with more far flung landed interests – in Scotland, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA and further afield.

Advising well on landed estates is a specialist skill, needing a clear understanding of your priorities, the opportunities and challenges you face, and how to make the best of what you have, enabling a successful and profitable (family) business.

Principally, we are lawyers, and the subject requires a broad range of legal expertise – in estate, trust and tax planning; in property and agricultural law; in employment law; in development and planning; in heritage law and management; in dispute resolution; in varying business structures; in joint ventures; in pre and post nuptial agreements; and in fine art.

There is also a constant need to manage a wide range of personal and professional relationships with sensitivity and care. It is rare for such work to be on a ‘one-off’ basis, and we have been retained by most of our clients over successive generations, not least because management of their assets requires continuity and consistency of approach coupled with perceptive long-term thinking.

We are one of the leading providers of legal advice in this sector, ranking second in the Legal 500 2013 and recommended in Chambers 2014.

The Rural Land & Business and Landed Estates practice is an important core activity of the firm and most of the firm’s fee-earners are involved in advising on an aspect of the affairs of our rural and landed estate clients. We pride ourselves on the continuity of our service, so that successive generations of our clients can look to us with confidence to help resolve the variety of problems that arise throughout their lives.

Hunters act for the owners of some 90 Landed Estates, which include a mixture of tenanted and in hand farms, spread across the whole country from Northumberland to Cornwall and Norfolk to Wales. A number include heritage property, and several embrace houses which are open to the public and are home to chattels which are subject to Revenue undertakings. In a number of cases the ownership structure is complicated, and some comprise property held subject to Strict Settlements.

However, key to this sector is the family business. The challenges, commercial pressures, emotions, external factors and passions/interests that drive rural business and landed estates are well understood by us.

Rural Land & Business Experts

Our team offers all the necessary skills to provide a one stop service for your diverse legal requirements in connection with residential and commercial properties.

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- Jonathan Thompson

Senior Associate

Jonathan Thompson

Senior Associate

- Paul Almy

Senior Partner

Paul Almy

Senior Partner

- Ben Gurluk

Partner

Ben Gurluk

Partner

- Ian Layzell-Smith

Partner

Ian Layzell-Smith

Partner

- Peter Robinson

Partner

Peter Robinson

Partner

- James Vernor-Miles

Partner

James Vernor-Miles

Partner

- Ivan Ho

Senior Associate

Ivan Ho

Senior Associate

- Sam O’Doherty

Associate

Sam O’Doherty

Associate

- Gerald Moran

Consultant

Gerald Moran

Consultant

- Jonathan Godwin-Austen

Partner

Jonathan Godwin-Austen

Partner

- Alexandra Sarkis

Partner

Alexandra Sarkis

Partner

- Lucinda Tite

Partner

Lucinda Tite

Partner

- Louise Walker

Partner

Louise Walker

Partner

- Robert Wright

Partner

Robert Wright

Partner

- Amanda Lathia

Associate

Amanda Lathia

Associate

- Matthew Clarke

Trust and Tax Manager

Matthew Clarke

Trust and Tax Manager

“Enjoyable to work with and professional. I recommend them without hesitation”

Chambers and Partners 2013

“A tremendous and detailed knowledge of estates”

Chambers and Partners 2016

An “experienced team” renowned for “giving clear and concise advise”

Chambers and Partners 2018

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