A specialist in rural business and landed estates.
Richard advises rural businesses and landowners on business structures, partnership agreements, inheritance tax and succession planning, as well as helping farmers with the rules and regulations concerning entitlements such as the Rural Payments Agency, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Qualified in both agriculture and the law and brought up on his family’s farm, Richard has close links with rural landowners and professionals throughout Oxfordshire and the West of England. His clients range from start-ups and small farmers to equestrian estates and commercial farms owned by national brands or international investors. Richard is also a trustee for several estates.
Richard likes to go and see his clients and the property with which he is instructed. Most of his transactions include the sale or purchase of farms, country houses or land, tenancy agreements, grazing licenses, registration of boundaries, easements, rights of access and other third-party rights, and health and safety regulations for public events and countryside sports.
Recent examples of how Richard has helped include:
- selling a farm in Herefordshire on behalf of lawyers acting for a Russian Bank when the exiled owner was declared bankrupt;
- acquiring property and equestrian business interests on behalf of a leading race horse trainers;
- establishing new and bespoke arrangements for ‘horsiculture’ businesses including DIY liveries, cross country courses and joint venture schemes for polo and eventing yards;
- optimising the payments received under the DEFRA Basic Farm Payments Scheme for new and young farmers in Dorset; and
- tax-efficient succession planning for a farmer who wished to safeguard the farm as it passes to the next generation.