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Emma Coke FALA

Senior Associate Solicitor

I am a specialist in agricultural transaction work in the Agriculture & Estates team and I am a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. My work includes acting on complex farm sales and acquisitions, corporate transactions, acting for lenders on re-financing, Landlord and Tenant issues and development land.

I have a Master’s degree in European Law which is useful in navigating the legislation which pervades the agricultural sector. I am also a member of the Agricultural Law Association, the Country Land and Business Association the National Farmers’ Union and the National Sheep Association.

My background is connected to the farming and equine industries, which gives me an advantage when assisting with farming clients because I can employ practical, as well as legal, experience. I am experienced in helping clients achieve their objectives quickly and this is done by being approachable and available to communicate with clients.

My spare time is taken up assisting my husband with his farming business.


  • sales and acquisitions of high value
  • agricultural property and land transactions running into millions of pounds and thousands of acres
  • landlord and tenant matters including advising on Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies
  • negotiating and drafting overage, option and pre-emption agreements for development land
  • refinancing
  • complicated first registrations of land
  • commercial leases of agricultural buildings
  • contract farming and farm business tenancies

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.

What our clients say

  • Emma Coke is a key member of the team with vast experience. She comes from a farming background which must help in empathising with her clients. I have been impressed by her knowledge in the arcane and hazardous field of overage clauses.
  • Emma Coke has always dealt with my problems with great efficiency. We have an excellent working relationship.Legal 500
  • For a regional practice Birkett Long has one of the largest and best known private client departments in the Essex area.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • First class service from start to finish thank you.
  • A sound knowledge of clients' affairs and prepared to advise on all matters relevant to the client - bringing in specialists for detailed work.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • This is an excellent result Emma and thank you for all your hard work ensuring that everything exchanged and completed within the tight timescales. James and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this farm acquisition. It is a tremendous result.” Oliver Holloway, Clarke & Simpson
  • Fantastic all-round team which have superb technical knowledge but more importantly offer a great service and know the importance of maintaining the client relationship with the clients we recommend.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • I always feel they act in my best interests when they are dealing with any matter - large or small. I feel I am treated like an individual that matters and the attention to detail is excellent.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • What a wonderful result. Thank you Emma... for your help making this happen. We appreciate the long hours and hard work to complete so smoothly.
  • Thank you as always for your great efforts and reliable work.
  • Thank you for working on our behalf, we do appreciate all you have done for us.