Agricultural news round up ...

Posted by Paul Rice on February 16 2017

Agricultural news round up covering CAP greening rules, continued use of glyphosate, stewardship grants, Better Broadband Scheme, driving without reasonable consideration and the 'Yellow Wellies’ campaign.

If only Ronseal produced licence agreements

Posted by Tom Romecin on February 16 2017

“It does what it says on the tin”, was, when first unveiled, a welcome departure from the usual overblown product claims. What made the campaign successful was the unambiguous labelling which conveyed a succinct message. If only agreements regulating the occupation of land were equally clear; unfortunately just because an agreement is labelled a licence, does not mean it is.

Farming partnerships: Spotlight on tax…

Posted by Susan Floyd on February 16 2017

Farming partnerships: check your residential property purchase does not attract the 3% SDLT surcharge In April a new, higher rate of 3% stamp duty land tax was introduced for those buying a second property (or more) in an effort to curb the number of second home buyers and damp down the ‘Buy to Let’ market.

Developing the agricultural landscape post Brexit

Posted by Sarah Beer on February 16 2017

Amid the differences of opinion in the cabinet over how Brexit should be executed, our agricultural and environmental institutions are manoeuvring to secure a future for British farming which is progressive, profitable and competitive, and which importantly safeguards our environment.

Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) Reliefs

Posted by Eamonn Daly on February 16 2017 in Real estate

There are certain assets which, when transferred, may be subject to tax relief thus reducing the amount of IHT payable, even reducing it to zero. The two most common reliefs are business property relief (“BPR”) and agricultural property relief (“APR”) and are available both for lifetime gifts and on death.

HS2 announces development partner

Posted by Sarah Beer on February 13 2017 in HS2

On the 9th February HS2 Ltd announced the appointment of its development partner and engineering and environment consultants for Phase 2b (the sections between Crewe and Manchester and between the West Midlands and Leeds) as CH2M, the same company appointed for Phase 1.