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Landowning issues in lockdown

At the time of writing this blog, we find ourselves in the throes of another national lockdown. Lockdown 3.0 has a very different feel to the first, mostly on account of the January weather which has certainly surpassed itself with Storm Christoph being the latest to wreak havoc. Despite the...

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Farming divorces and collaborative law – a better way

Sorting out a financial settlement on divorce can be complicated, especially for farming families whose personal and business affairs are often inextricably entwined. However, this does not mean that it can only be resolved through an expensive and stressful court battle. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers several different ways of...

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UK-wide consultation launched to tackle dairy sector supply chain issues

On 24 June 2020, the UK Government launched a consultation seeking to end any unfair practices across the UK’s dairy sector. This consultation is seeking views from dairy farmers and processors on whether future regulation could be used to strengthen fairness and transparency. Recent press coverage has focused on the...

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Farming families and inheritance disputes

Clarke Willmott successful for client in significant inheritance dispute case Last year we reported on how we had successfully represented farmer and National Farmers’ Union member Andrew Guest in a significant High Court inheritance case against his parents. Andrew’s parents then appealed against the High Court’s decision to the Court...

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How pre and post nuptial agreements can help farming families

Protecting the family farm from divorce The current law for determining divorce financial settlements depends on the discretion of individual judges to apply certain factors and principles which are set down in statute and case law. This means that it is not possible to be absolutely certain as to the...

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Falls from height

The second biggest cause of death in agriculture Whilst campaigns such as the NFU’s Farm Safety Week have done much to raise awareness of the dangers of farming, the UK’s agriculture sector has the highest workplace death and injury rate of all the main industry sectors with a fatal injury...

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Livery businesses and inheritance tax relief

When liveries qualify for business property relief Business property relief (BPR) is a highly valuable inheritance tax relief which can reduce the taxable value of business property by up to 100% and thus save considerable amounts of inheritance tax (IHT). The grant of BPR is, however, far from automatic and...

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Could Spanish farmers show the way in mandatory milk contracts debate?

“The certainty that will come with stable pricing and fixed volumes will be beneficial” Spanish farmers appear to be happy with them, but plans to introduce mandatory milk contracts in the UK has provoked fears that greater regulation will result in increased market volatility and a reduction in competition. Here,...

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Animal welfare and the law

Sentencing powers set to increase At the beginning of July 2019, a West Yorkshire farmer was banned from keeping livestock for seven years and ordered to pay costs of more than £36,000 for keeping animals without food and water and endangering the food chain. Jennifer Pickles, 69, of High Royd...

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Mixed news for farmers from inheritance tax review

Potential changes to agricultural and business property relief The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recently published its second report into the simplification of inheritance tax (IHT). The report included a number of recommendations, some of which our farming clients might welcome and others they might regard as being less good...

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