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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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Mandatory milk contracts

An end to unfair contract terms? Recent press coverage has focused on the possible future regulation of certain aspects of the dairy industry and the pros and cons of establishing a regime of mandatory dairy contracts. Opinion is divided, with farming unions and the Groceries Code Adjudicator on one side...

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Q & A with LettUs Grow

Our Agriculture team recently got the chance to talk with LettUs Grow, a Bristol based start-up who are designing irrigation and control technology for indoor farms. You create aeroponic technology for indoor farms. We understand this is a way of growing plants without soil, can you briefly explain how this...

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Farming partnerships: getting it right

Keeping it in the family A traditional farming partnership is more than a business; in many cases, it is also a family affair. There are benefits to “keeping it in the family” but there is also plenty of scope for misunderstandings and disagreements to arise. These often come to a...

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