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Christopher has worked for most of his life as a key advisor to landowners, farmers and the rural community. One of his main strengths is explaining complex legal issues, giving simple, practical advice and solutions to everyday and once-in-a-lifetime, problems encountered by farmers, landowners and their families.

Christopher visits clients throughout the country to understand their family and business affairs and get to know what is important to them.

He advises landowners on a wide range of agreements to promote farmland for development; buying and selling land, agricultural landlord and tenant problems and tenancy restructuring.

Christopher has acted for some years in family farming partnerships advising on the most appropriate structure, the use of businesses to pass on family farms as well as in tax planning.  He advises on their formation, re-structuring as well as handling tricky retirement and dissolution issues when families fall out. He also advises tenants and landowners on business structures and partnership matters.

He has an unrivalled working knowledge of farm business tenancy legislation, which he helped to develop and draft, as well as European farm income support payments.

He works in the field of tax and generation planning as a key part of the professional team for clients and acts as a repository of information and counsellor for many families.

Christopher writes for the Tenant Farmers Association newsletter.

Christopher’s ‘Good reputation in the market’ is lauded by interviewees, with sources describing him as ‘a really nice guy, great fun to deal with.’ Chambers & Partners UK 2017

‘His knowledge of land law is immense, say sources, who also highlight his personal approach to client relationships.’ Chambers & Partners UK 2016

Career Highlights

  • Advising on complex boundary disputes such as Well Barn Farming Limited v Backhouse
  • Landlord and Tenant cases Ministry of Defence v Spencer test case on points relating to rent review of interpretation of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
  • Drafting amendments to agricultural industry related European and national  legislation including Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995

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