Rural Affairs Lawyers in Chelmsford


Agricultural law can be a tricky landscape to navigate without the help of specialists with fast and effective guidance when you need it. Ellisons’ experienced Rural Affairs Lawyers in Chelmsford have their finger on the pulse of the latest farming law and so can advise on all rural legal issues thoroughly and give timely guidance to meet your commercial goals.

Lead Contacts

Tim Logan

Tim Logan

Senior Partner & Head of Rural Affairs

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Catherine Abbot

Catherine Abbott

Partner, Solicitor

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Farming and Agricultural Law Specialists

Ellisons’ track record in the industry is second to none in the East of England, with a longstanding client based secured on the back of exceptional customer service in supporting farmers and their families wanting to secure and improve their business.

We offer support with all agricultural issues, including border disputes, transactions, leasing, financial planning, and commercial opportunities.

The benefits of regular legal advice for farm owners

Staying on top of the latest legal scene within the agriculture industry has never been more important. Brexit and the environmental challenges brought on by climate change have created a constantly changing political picture for farmers. In an industry where planning ahead is always essential, taking regular legal advice can help landowners to adopt a clearer strategy through diversification or development of core farming activities. For generations, Ellisons’ Rural Affairs specialists have been helping landowners and farmers to make the right business choices and providing them with confidence that the forward planned steps for their business will be stable and successful, now and in the future.

Contact our Rural Affairs Lawyers today for bespoke legal advice on any rural matters.


Areas of specialisation include:
  • Buying and selling farms and farmland (including agricultural grants and subsidies)
  • First registration of unregistered titles; adverse possession claims and reconstruction of titles
  • Refinancing – mortgages and charges of land (public and private)
  • Agricultural tenancies (Farm Business Tenancies “FBT”s; Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies “AHA”s; Assured Shorthold Tenancies of residential dwellings)
  • Grazing Licences
  • Boundary issues
  • Easements and rights affecting land (including mineral rights; sporting rights; public and private rights of way; drainage and water rights)
  • Telecoms leases
  • Renewable Energy
  • Planning and changes of use (including agricultural ties affecting property)
  • Contract and shared Farming Agreements
  • Development: including option agreements, conditional contracts and promotion agreements
  • Overage and clawback
Succession and Tax Planning
  • Wills & tax planning (including farm diversification)
  • Trusts – creation; registration and administration
  • Family Investment Companies
  • Lifetime Gifts
  • Probate & Estates
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney (including businesses)
  • Partnership and Shareholder Agreements
HR and Employment
  • Employment Contracts
  • Directors Service Agreements
  • Employment advice
  • Employment disputes
  • Written policies and standards of employment (including disciplinary and grievance procedures)
  • Health and Safety issues
  • Immigration and employment advice about migrant and seasonal workers
  • Land Disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Tenancy Disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Wills and Probate disputes
  • Debt collection
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Divorce and separation
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements
  • Financial settlements arising out of divorce or separation



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