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Farms and Estates

A Conveyancing Handbook


Guides you through the complexities of advising on the sale and purchase of rural land

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Farms and Estates: A Conveyancing Handbook is the only textbook dedicated to this subject. Written by two leading agricultural lawyers, it guides you through the complexities of advising on the sale and purchase of rural land - a process that frequently raises technical problems which differ greatly from standard conveyancing transactions such as dealing with unregistered land, grants, tenancy problems and the transfer of employees and contracts for plant and machinery.

 This latest edition takes account of recent major legislative developments including the Single Farm Payment which came into effect in May 2005, the Land Registration Act 2002 and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Also covered are Stamp Duty Land Tax and the Hunting Act 2004 and the Commons Bill 2006.

 Farms and Estates: A Conveyancing Handbook provides a practical explanation of the subject, highlighting what the professional adviser must look for and how a deal should be structured to avoid tax and other problems. It also includes 18 precedents.


  • Introduction
  • The Transaction
  • The Sale
  • The Principals
  • Local Variations
  • The Professional Team
  • The Land
  • The Title
  • Roads and Ways
  • Services
  • Common Land and Open Spaces
  • Wild Creatures, Sporting and Conservation
  • Trees and Timber
  • Mines and Quarries
  • Covenants
  • Planning
  • The Environment
  • Agricultural and Farm Business Tenancies
  • Residential Tenancies
  • Businesses and other Leases and Licences
  • Grants and Payments
  • The Farming Business
  • Diversification
  • The Conveyancing Process
  • Searches and Information
  • Finance
  • Proceedings and Notice
  • Taxation


  • Checklist (Seller)
  • Checklist (Buyer)

Enquiries Before Contract

  • Title
  • Benefits
  • Covenants and other Restrictions
  • Boundaries
  • Adjoining Property and Disputes
  • Access
  • Notices
  • Planning and Related Matters
  • Local Authority Matters and Outgoings
  • Services
  • Watercourses and Dams
  • Sporting Rights
  • Timber
  • Agricultural or Environmental Schemes
  • Single Farm Payment and Quotas
  • Environmental
  • Fixtures and Fittings
  • Buildings, Installations and Physical Condition
  • Employees
  • Diseases
  • VAT and Capital Allowances
  • Ancient Monuments and Treasure
  • Agricultural and Other Tenancies
  • Miscellaneous
  • Completion
  • General


  • Restrictive covenant – general form
  • Right of way – granted
  • Drainage – granted
  • Lift and shift – reserved
  • Existing agricultural tenancy – severed reversion
  • Minerals – no surface entry – reserved
  • Minerals with surface entry – reserved
  • Adjoining land development rights – reserved
  • Pipes – reserved
  • Future easements – reserved
  • Sporting (short form) – reserved
  • Sporting (long form) – reserved
  • General rights – reserved
  • Environmental agreement
  • Holdover
  • Early entry
  • Milk quota
"an excellent book ... the practical and detailed account contains nuggets of information which will benefit even the most experienced of practitioners ... extremely readable"
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