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Farming Families and Proprietary Estoppel

Farming and farms often run in families: from generation to generation members of the same family may want to work the same land. But if the hand-over from one generation to the next is not openly and properly planned, preferably with legal advisors and all family members fully engaged, bitter disputes over inheritance expectations may…
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Vacancy for Receptionist/Legal Secretary at Frank Smith & Co Solicitors

The continued growth of our business has given rise to a vacancy for a full-time Receptionist/Legal Secretary in our law firm. We are looking for someone with experience working as a receptionist/legal secretary or someone with either of these skills and willing to learn to combine both. We have a good client base and are…
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Horse grazing paddocks judged brownfield land

A recent decision on appeal regarding the definition of a parcel of land currently used for grazing and the keeping of horses has given cause to jump up out of the saddle. The appeal was made against an initial refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of 14 dwellings on a parcel of…
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Update on Telecoms Lease Reform

The Digital Economy Act came into force on 28 December 2017. What’s the effect? The main point of interest for landowners and land agents is the Act’s effect on new telecom mast leases, including a lease being currently negotiated, but excluding existing telecommunication agreements. The Act gives a site operator the right to unrestricted sharing…
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Farms and Estates Agricultural Professionals’ Breakfast

One of the most popular and well attended events in the calendar for those providing professional services to the agricultural sector is the annual breakfast hosted by Hazlewoods. Held on 1st February, the packed event heard from 6 different speakers from Hazlewoods covering specialist topics relating to the agricultural sector such as: EIS Investment opportunities,…
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Permitted Development Rights – Light Industrial to Residential Use

Recently we have witnessed the introduction of a number of new permitted development rights to change use of buildings to dwellings in an effort to boost housing supply.  So far, we have seen permitted development to allow the change of use of agricultural buildings, offices and storage buildings to residential dwellings. From 1 October 2017…
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Rights of Way and Deposits

The Definitive Map is the legal record of public rights of way, which is available for anyone to inspect. In the majority of cases, rights of way are presumed through evidence such as use by the public, the actions or inactions of the landowner and references to historical documents. The legal rights to presumed dedication…
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Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards 2017

The Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards took place at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday 30th October. These awards are some of the most prestigious accolades for businesses working in the food and farming sectors in the County. Frank Smith, of Frank Smith & Co, was delighted to attend the event and to…
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Frank Smith supporting the RABI

At our recent Launch Party at the Cheltenham Town Hall we were pleased to show our support for the RABI – The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution - the charity that provides financial support to farming people in hardship of all ages. We welcomed Suzy Deeley, Corporate Development Manager, to our event to help publicise the…
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What will happen to agricultural trade post-Brexit?

Over a year on from the Brexit vote, there is still no clue as to where the UK will end up in terms of its trade position. There are three possible scenarios for the future: 1)  the UK stays in the single market; 2) the UK does not keep full access to the single market…
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