Agriculture & Rural Solicitors

If you’re a farmer or a landowner you need a lawyer who knows and understands the agricultural industry inside and out.

Birkett Long has a dedicated team of specialist agriculture solicitors advising on all aspects of the law relating to rural law, property and agri-business, so we can be on hand for any issues you might face.

Our agriculture and estates solicitors are informed and proactive; we understand the demands and requirements placed on those operating in the rural sector. As a client, you can expect us to have a thorough understanding of rural issues, and to provide seamless advice on all aspects of your business.

Our solicitors also pride themselves in being able to offer practical and commercial advice to:

  • landowners
  • farming businesses
  • institutions
  • others within the rural economy.

In addition, the skills and experience of our employment, commercial, family, dispute resolution and environment & energy teams can be called upon to provide comprehensive advice on other legal matters when required.

Our agriculture solicitors are available to clients throughout Basildon, Colchester and Chelmsford. For a no obligation conversation with a member of the team, call Caroline Dowding, head of our team of agriculture solicitors, on 01206 217394.

Our legal advice for those in agriculture, farming and rural businesses includes:

Property and land

  • sale and acquisitions of rural land and rural properties
  • first registration applications for agricultural land and buildings
  • advice on funding secured on agricultural property
  • agricultural tenancies including succession rights and notices to quit
  • option, promotion and pre-emption agreements
  • overage and development clawback agreements
  • rights of way
  • shooting and other sporting rights
  • environmental compliance

Tax and estate planning


  • commercial leases
  • telecoms masts
  • development and planning work
  • renewable energy

Business and commercial

  • business and corporate including company structures
  • corporate/joint venture structuring
  • partnership formation
  • taxation advice

Agricultural dispute resolution

  • land ownership disputes including boundary issues
  • partnership and trust disputes
  • property and general disputes
  • tenancy disputes
  • Proprietary Estoppel


  • divorce and ending a relationship
  • cohabitation and premarital/pre-civil
  • partnership agreements
  • children disputes (custody)
  • adoption

Employment law

  • disciplinary and grievance issues
  • rights/liabilities regarding equal pay/opportunities
  • management of performance and absence
  • health and safety law and associated prosecutions
  • contractual issues
  • Belinda Aldrich
      • 01206 217627
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  • Georgina Jones
      • 01206 217357
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  • Leanne Steele
      • 01206 217619
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The firm has a long term commitment to agriculture and is pleased to have acted for several generations of the same family as well as for new clients looking for specialist advice. Many of our solicitors are also members of the Agricultural Law Association.

Staff re-order for rural

  • Caroline Dowding
  • Emma Coke 
  • Mark Wrinch
  • Miles Coates
  • Katie Gibson-Green
  • Bruce Ballard
  • David Wybar

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