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Our expertise in advising on agricultural matters is recognised by The Legal 500, which independently assesses the reputation and quality of legal advice of leading UK law firm.

Stephen Proctor, Head of Agricultural Property, is cited as a Legal 500 Leading Individual within the Agriculture and Estate practice area and testimonials published in recent reports include:

The Legal 500 (2024 edition):

‘Harrowells give me clarity, guidance and support. They turn business around quickly, and communicate well. The culture is open and caring.’

‘They care. They are open and direct in discussion. They look at each issue, situation or negotiation from my perspective. They are personable.’

‘Good honest legal advice, deal makers not deal breakers who think of solutions rather than problems.’

The Legal 500 (2023 edition):

‘Response to my questions was virtually immediate. The team was always happy to talk on the phone and I never had to wait. The person who I dealt with knew her stuff and also could see problems which might arise and tackled them head on. To sum up: never too busy to help.’

‘My whole experience of dealing with Harrowells Solicitors at Clifton Moor, York, is nothing short of excellent. I am very pleased with the overall service provided.’

‘Stephen Proctor is exceptionally good. As a businessman, you encounter difficult circumstances occasionally, and require a good person on your side, and Stephen has been quite brilliant for me. He is astute, knowledgeable, helpful, experienced, and an excellent man to have in my corner.’

Wide ranging expertise in agricultural matters

We can assist with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Sale and purchase of agricultural land and buildings
  • Redevelopment of former agricultural buildings
  • Other planning and development opportunities, including the use of option and overage agreements
  • Advice concerning access, drainage and services (eg water pipes, fuel lines, over and underground power cables)
  • Advising on the implications of private land purchases or sales on existing personal or family legal arrangements

The process of buying or selling agricultural land can sometimes uncover unexpected legal issues - particularly in relation to ownership title or access rights. We draw on our expertise and experience to identify potential issues that might arise and deal with these effectively.

Our agricultural lawyers can arrange meetings at any of our local offices in York and across Yorkshire, so simply contact your nearest Harrowells office in York, St Saviourgate, Clifton Moor, Easingwold, Haxby, Pocklington, Malton, and Thirsk.