Legal articles

Introducing land to the partnership's balance sheet

Posted by Sophie Millard on May 10 2016 in Agriculture, Farmers & farming families, Real estate

Partners in general farming partnerships are increasingly being advised to introduce land into the partnership, if they have not already done so, usually as partnership capital, without any transfer of legal title from the landowners. This has the adverse effect of restricting the freedom of the registered owners to deal with the land as they see fit.

Share farming: a practical solution to succession worries

Posted by Sophie Millard on May 10 2016 in Agriculture, Farmers & farming families, Real estate

The 2014 Oxford Farming Conference predicted that the next decade would see an increase in share farming as the shape of the industry changed, with “a divergence between those owning land and those farming (operating) it”. The CLA’s 2014 report into share farming endorsed the view that it could, in the right circumstances, be a good solution for many farmers looking to reduce their workload but with no one to help them do so.

Fitting the contract pieces together - the reality of a building site

Posted by Michael Hiscock on May 10 2016 in Construction & engineering

Sitting in a hot internal glass pod London meeting room recently, in a negotiation meeting between a mechanical subcontractor and a main contractor, it reminded me again of how judgments of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal might seem far removed from the reality of a building site, but actually have a very real and direct impact on the success of a project and the parties’ associated risk profiles.