Agriculture and food

The Penningtons Manches team, who represented the AMC, were exceptional given it was such a difficult transaction.

Richard George & Jenkins

Farmers and landowners, together with the food industry, face many and varied challenges in today's world. Penningtons Manches provides effective legal advice tailored to meet the needs of all those whose livelihoods are based in the countryside or are concerned with food production.

We act on the acquisition and disposal of agricultural property and country houses, as well as tenancy agreements, taking into account relevant planning matters, payment entitlements and quotas.

Agricultural land is often affected by infrastructural projects and we have experience of compulsory purchase, highways, telecommunications and energy projects including wind farms and pipelines or pylons. We can deal with agreements associated with mining and landfill together with environmental considerations.

Of particular concern to farmers and landowners are tax efficient ways of passing on property to the next generation.Ā Penningtons Manches has highly regarded private client advisers who can put in place the necessary wills and trusts to deal with inheritance and capital gains tax issues. We can advise on structures appropriate to individual businesses, whether partnerships or companies.

Rural areas suffer from a variety of disputes, some of which are unique to the countryside. Our solicitors can act on adverse possession, boundary, right of way, grazing, environmental and other disputes.

Providing legal advice to agricultural clients requires the integration of specialist real estate, business and private individual expertise with practical experience of the rural sector. Penningtons Manches is uniquely placed to offer such services.

We offer expert advice on:

  • agricultural tenancies
  • commercial issues for small and medium sized food manufacturers
  • country houses
  • equestrian matters
  • farm payments and quotas
  • highways, telecommunications, energy projects and utilities
  • letting of farm buildings
  • partnership and company matters
  • planning and environmental issues
  • rural disputes
  • sales and purchases of farms and estates
  • taxation and succession

Recent work highlights

Agreements for anaerobic digester plant operators

Drafting option agreements and leases between landowners and anaerobic digester plant operators which involve a wide range of planning, access, National Grid connection and royalty payment issues.

Flood dispute advice

Following torrential rains causing flood water from farm land to run off into an ornamental lake, we advised on a silting dispute between the respective landowners.

Due diligence for bank lender

Undertaking due diligence for a bank lender to ensure that the borrower, an offshore investment vehicle, was properly constituted, had the requisite borrowing powers and the ability to mortgage or charge the proposed security property.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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