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Christopher leads the firm’s agricultural team and is a key advisor to landowners, farmers and rural land-owning institutions.

One of his main strengths is explaining complex legal issues in simple terms and giving practical advice and solutions to both everyday problems encountered by farmers, landowners and their families and to issues of asset and tax planning affecting each generation.

He advises landowners on a wide range of option and promotion agreements to promote land for development and is experienced in advising groups of owners on equalising development gains and the tax intricacies of selling land for development.

He has been involved in farm and landed estate sales and purchases for over 30 years and advises on agricultural landlord and tenant problems and tenancy restructuring for inheritance tax planning purposes. He advises family farming partnerships and has an unrivalled working knowledge of agricultural holdings and farm business tenancy legislation.

Christopher has a thorough knowledge of the agricultural industry. He worked with farming and landowning organisations advising on the 2001 and 2007 foot and mouth outbreaks.

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Career highlights

  • Advising on complex property and boundary disputes such as Well Barn Farming Limited v Backhous
  • Drafting amendments to agricultural industry related European and national legislation including Agricultural Tenancies Act 199
  • Landlord and tenant cases Ministry of Defence v Spencer test cases on points relating to rent review of interpretation of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and on Notices to Pay