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Land Transactions Governed by Support Schemes – What Farmers Need to Know

Specific rules need to be followed to avoid financial sanctions when it comes to the sale or purchase of land that has been included in a farm business’s support scheme agreement. Before buying or selling agricultural land in England, it is important that you carry out due diligence checks, particularly where the land has been…
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Is Consent Required to Change the External Colour of a Listed Building?

  There are two scenarios where listed building consent is required: The total demolition of a listed building; and Alterations or extensions that would affect the listed building’s character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. That being said, not all works, or alterations carried out to a listed building require this specific…
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Agricultural Subsidies – Delinked Payments and Lump Sum Exit Scheme

In late November of last year, Parliament enacted the Agriculture Act 2020 in response to Brexit which set out the United Kingdom’s Agricultural Transition Plan away from the EU and its ties with the Common Agricultural Policy. From 2021, payments made to farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will be gradually phased out through…
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Tied Dwellings

While the term originally applied to mainly cottages, tied dwellings encumber thousands of Properties throughout ruralUK, 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 income. Workers often needed lodging, and a land owner would accommodate this requirement by renting out small cottages built on or around their Properties to their employees. By providing a dwelling to their workers, the…
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Tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021 We join the British people in our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a proud supporter of British Farming; passionate about the countryside and…
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Paralegal Vacancy

Vacancy for Property Paralegal at Frank Smith & Co Solicitors The continued growth of our business has given rise to a vacancy for a paralegal in our law firm. We are looking for someone with a Law degree and either experience in property law matters or with the drive and ambition to gain good experience…
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