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Adam Hale Associate T:01242 545014 M:07392 081772

A property solicitor specialising in rural assets and wealth protection.

Adam advises on property law and tax issues regarding all types of rural land management, particularly where families are seeking to pass an agricultural business onto the next generation or when investors wish to protect or enhance the development value in land.

Adam advises on buying and selling farms and landed estates, the negotiation of agricultural tenancies, registration of land title, claims for adverse possession, granting sporting or riparian rights, diversification projects such as solar farms or battery storage facilities.  He advises on grants and tax reliefs including capital gains, inheritance tax, farm payments, environmental stewardship and woodland grants.  He also prepares wills and administers the estates for his longstanding farming clients.

Adam’s clients include large property investors, landed estates, farm businesses and private landowners. 

Recent examples of how Adam has helped clients include:

  • protecting the development value and potential for a landowner by advising on the renegotiation of a number of agricultural succession tenancies;
  • maximising the commercial returns, without jeopardising agricultural reliefs, on rural land owned and let out by an Oxford College;
  • resolving numerous issues to enable the sale of a landed estate for over £8.5 million, including problems with a private water supply, forestry licences, agricultural tenancies, stewardship grants and holdover provisions;
  • securing rights and reservations on adjoining land when a property was subject to a compulsory purchase order; and
  • helping several historic parochial church councils to register their chancel repair liabilities, thereby securing funding for future maintenance costs.