Agriculture & Food

From field to fork, we understand that farming is more than just a job, so whether you’re a farmer or a landowner, you need more than just a lawyer.

From field to fork, our agriculture and food legal experts are here to help you, whether you’re a farmer or landowner across Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire, or further afield.

With over 100 years experience of helping farming families and agricultural businesses, our dedicated agricultural and food sector are here to help you when you need it most.

How can we help you?

Our agriculture and food sector solicitors can advise on personal and business services such as diversification, tax planning, probate, family law and conveyancing.

Our sector expertise includes:

  • Rural holdings and landed estates - Sales, purchases and mortgages of farms and agricultural land, agricultural tenancies, contract farming arrangements, licences, leases, and CAP.
  • Dispute resolution - Contractual disputes, damage to land, crops and machinery, boundary, right of way and tenancy disputes.
  • Corporate and commercial - Farming partnerships, incorporations, joint ventures, strategic alliances, demergers, funding arrangements, supply and licensing contractions, general corporate commercial advice.
  • Development and construction - Contract drafting, negotiation, party wall notices, commercial arbitration, adjudication, procurement.
  • Environmental and regulatory - Representation in prosecutions, compliance issues, contaminated land and water.
  • Wills, estates, tax and trusts - Succession planning, transactional tax, land tax, wills, probate, agricultural property relief, succession planning.
  • Family - Advice on a full range of family matters including complex cases involving substantial farming assets.
  • Renewable energy - Investment development and financing, wind, solar, anaerobic digestions, biomass, renewables crops, onshore easements for major offshore wind projects.
  • Restructuring, refinancing, recovery and insolvency - Legal and business experts provide advice and support in difficult times. We provide a service encompassing all the professional advice needed from one firm.
  • Employment - Full spectrum of advice in relation to employment and contractual matters including, disciplinaries, grievances, employment contracts, policies and settlement agreements

Why choose us?

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As the NFU's Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Legal Panel representative, we are winners of the inaugural NFU Legal Panel Excellence Award 2017.

"We are very proud Wilkin Chapman has been awarded the first Legal Panel Excellence Award - It shows the commitment and hard work they put into the relationship." - Gordon Corner, NFU East Midlands Regional Director.

Agriculture

Our specialist lawyers regularly advise farmers and landowners on personal issues that may affect you including wills, probate, family matters, veterinary negligence and equine related law.

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Agriculture Law

Today's farmers and landowners face many challenges and opportunities. With the increasing complexity of running a farming business, it is essential that you have access to the best possible legal advice. We are acknowledged as one of the region's leading agricultural law firms and can provide you with a complete legal service for all your business and personal needs.

Our team of expert agricultural law solicitors have strong links to the farming community, and our specialist legal knowledge has led to our involvement in working parties advising on the technicalities of agricultural law. However, our philosophy remains to provide you, our client, with practical and cost-effective legal advice to get the job done.

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Commercial Property

Our commercial property team can provide you with advice on all types of property transactions, including the sale and purchase of commercial property, planning agreements, residential developments, commercial and industrial developments, options, leases and licences.

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Disputes

Disputes or litigation are an aspect of business that sometimes cannot be avoided. Our expert solicitors deal with all aspects of commercial disputes from contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, to professional negligence and commercial property issues.

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Divorce

When a marriage breaks down it is heart-breaking and painful for the couple. On top of this, a breakup puts stress on your children, immediate family and friends. Our lawyers will approach and deal with the breakdown of a marriage with empathy and aim to make the process as pain-free as possible.

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Employment Law & HR Advice

We advise businesses of all sizes, including national businesses who are based in our immediate area and beyond. Our team of expert lawyers have over 50 years' experience in dealing with employment matters and are committed to providing cost effective advice.

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Family, Children & Divorce

In the event of a relationship breakdown our family law solicitors can help you with divorce, separation and child care issues. We can provide you with a variety of solutions for resolving your problems, including family mediation, collaborative law, divorce and a fixed fee divorce.

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Firearms Licensing

The law surrounding the ownership, use and licensing of firearms is complex. The Firearms Act 1968 and Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 provide the framework within which guns can be owned and used in England. Non compliance with the Act can result in minor offences, which carry fines of £400 and/or sentences of up to six months in prison, through to serious offences, which carry unlimited fines and sentences of up to 10 years in prison. Our team of experts can provide you with advice on all aspects of firearms licensing, including shotgun revocation.

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HR Support

For those times when your in-house HR team is over-stretched or if you don’t have a HR team and lack confidence in dealing with tricky employee issues, we can help take the stress out of managing your staff. We can provide you and your business with on-site help for all types of employment issues; from disciplinary hearings to employee grievances, performance management to sickness absence issues, appeal hearings to redundancy and re-organisation consultations.

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Landlord & Tenant Services

Our dedicated team have significant experience in advising landlords on all issues including preparing tenancy agreements, serving notices, taking court action to remove troublesome tenants, disrepair claims

We guarantee to serve any notices, issue any proceedings or prepare any tenancy agreements on the same day if we receive all details before midday, or the following day if received after midday.

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Personal Disputes

Sometimes disputes or litigation cannot be avoided, our team of solicitors provide a range of services aimed at resolving disputes, including: alternative dispute resolution, arbitrations and mediations.

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Powers of Attorney

We all have the right to manage our own money and affairs. However, our ability to do this may decrease in later life due to illness, disability, or an accident. By making a Lasting Power of Attorney (also known as LPA) you can help to plan ahead by appointing a member of your family, or a trusted friend, to look after your finances or make welfare decisions on your behalf should you no longer be able to do so. Our team of expert solicitors will be able to advise you on and help prepare your Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Probate

The administration of estates, involves dealing with your affairs after your death. The 'estate' is made up of your property and any other assets you may have when you die, and probate is the legal document which gives the executors the authority to deal with a person's assets after their death. Our probate specialists will handle the winding up of your estate with great sensitivity and are able to help your family and friends through what can be a very upsetting and confusing time.

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Shotgun revocation

Due to the rise in shotguns used in crimes, shotgun certificates were introduced in 1968. Firearms rules regulating applications for shotgun certificates came into force in September 1998. If the Chief Officer of Police for an area decides that a license holder is prohibited by the Act from possessing a shotgun, or cannot be permitted to possess a shotgun without danger to the public safety or to the peace, the license can be revoked. Revocation can be appealed at court if you feel you have been unfairly categorised, and our in-house experts can advise you on your options.

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Wills, Estates, Tax & Trusts

One of the certainties of live is that it changes and you can never be sure of what the future holds. However, you can take steps to plan for an deal with the changes that life may bring along the way. Our team of expert lawyers have been helping and advising clients how to best plan for their future for over 70 years and provide advice on all aspects of wills, trusts, inheritance tax and probate.

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Agriculture - Legal 500, 2017

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Agriculture - Legal 500, 2017