• Office
  • 1 Amphora Place
  • Sheepen Road
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CO3 3WG
  • Tel: 01206 217300

Caroline Dowding

Partner, Head of Agriculture and Estates

I lead the Agriculture & Estates team, ensuring that the team offers a wide range of advice to suit all our clients’ needs, from simple will provisions to complex tax planning and succession advice, option agreements, tenant and partnership agreements, land transactional work and advice, development and diversification. I advise in relation to taxation and succession, partnership agreements, wills, powers of attorney, trusts and probate administration. 

I love being able to help and guide a farming family through the different chapters in their life from building their futures, to moving towards retirement and bringing on the next generation. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a family grow and the English farming community continuing to thrive through the ups and downs beyond our control. 

I am empathetic and able to see how to structure advice to meet client’s aspirations, from those wishing to retire to those hoping or just coming into the business. I love helping farming families make the right choice, so that their lifetime of hard work and commitment can be passed onto their loved ones as they would wish whilst also ensuring that these loved ones have the support as they begin their journey. 

In order to tailor advice, I have undertaken further training and am a full professional member of Solicitors for the Elderly, Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and a member of the Agricultural Law Association and CLA (Country Land and Business Association). 

I am a mother of two so spend much of my own time being quite simply a “mum”: cooking with them, doing other activities with them supporting their interests as well as walking my dog and trying to attend the gym! 

I support local charities, volunteering at community events where I can. 


  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners
  • Agricultural Law Association
  • Country Land and Business Association

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Agriculture & Estates team

Our Agriculture & Estates team understands farming from a personal and professional perspective, taking into account that farming is more than a business, but often a whole generational way of life. We listen to the needs of each farming family and often work with them generation after generation to ensure that we can tailor advice to meet their, and their successors, wishes and aspirations.

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What our clients say

  • I do want to thank you for the exceptionally kind, efficient and patient way you clarified what, to me, were the complicated matters in hand. I would not hesitate to come back to you should the need arise. It was a pleasure to meet you.
  • I feel it is incumbent on me to write and tell you how very happy we have been with the services of Caroline. She has been incredibly helpful, ever courteous and always patient and at the end of the day has given us very sound and professional advice. She really is a credit to your firm.
  • The service provided was from start to finish of a high professional standard. The work was done promptly, in a friendly and helpful way, giving one full confidence in its integrity.
  • Practice head Caroline Dowding is very approachable, knowledgeable and capable of explaining complex concepts in layman termsThe Legal 500