Monthly Archives: November 2021

Reservation of Stone and Mineral Rights Challenged

Court of Appeal recently upheld the High Court’s decision concerning the ownership and exploitation of mudstone. It held that whilst "mudstone" was a stone (and mines and minerals reservations may refer to "stone"), it was not sufficiently valuable to justify it being within the definition of mines or minerals reserved to a Seller in a…
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Time for a Brew!

At Frank Smith & Co, we are proud to do our part to help the environment and support local farmers and businesses where we can. As such, we’ve done away with plastic milk containers for our teas and coffees and now opt for reusable glass bottles sourced locally from farms throughout Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.  
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Frank Smith & Co attend Hazlewoods’ Big Fat Tax Breakfast

We were delighted to attend Hazlewoods' Big Fat Tax Breakfast at The Daffodil to hear from Nick Haines, Tax Partner, and the Hazlewoods 2021 Budget Tax Summary A highly informative summary of what this means for businesses and families. Such an enjoyable to return to in-person events at this stunning Art Deco Cheltenham venue.   Photo Gallery.    
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‘Overage Clauses’ in Farm Sales: What farmers need to know

By Frank Smith, Managing Partner Overage negotiations have become a routine feature of many farm sales, with it being estimated that more than 25% of all modern land transactions now include a reference to an Overage Payment, particularly where land is being sold adjacent or close to a built-up area. What is an overage payment…
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Tied Dwellings – What they are and how to work with them.

While the term originally applied to mainly cottages, tied dwellings encumber thousands of Properties throughout rural UK, setting out limitations on who is lawfully permitted to occupy a dwelling. Throughout the 1st and 2nd World War, many residents from larger cities relocated to the countryside and resorted to the agricultural sector for a source of…
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