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Specialist agricultural solicitors for businesses and farming families

Clarke Willmott’s highly rated agricultural solicitors represent individual farmers, rural landowners, and agri-businesses of all sizes. Our team of agricultural law experts offers a comprehensive range of legal services to farming and rural landowning communities across England and Wales. Get in touch with our expert agricultural law team today.

Our expertise in agricultural law

Our highly experienced team of agricultural solicitors can advise on all areas of law including:

Agricultural property

Our agricultural property team regularly advises on all aspects of rural property transactions from support payments and tenancies to rights of way, planning and environmental issues and all other aspects of the sale, purchase and mortgaging of agricultural land and farms.

Find out how our agricultural property and planning solicitors can help.

Agricultural disputes

Our agricultural disputes team regularly advises farmers, farming businesses, landed estates and landowners on dispute resolution across a wide range of contentious issues.

Find out how our agricultural disputes solicitors can help.

Legal services for farming private clients

Our private client solicitors regularly advise farming families, trustees, landed estates and charities on a full range of personal legal matters from wills and trusts to succession planning, wealth preservation, taxation, divorce and family law.

Find out how our private client and family solicitors can help.

Other agricultural business

Our agricultural business solicitors have extensive experience supporting farming and rural businesses on all areas of including changes triggered by Brexit.

Find out how our corporate and commercial and employment solicitors can help.


We can also advise on many diversification opportunities and businesses that arise in relation to land including:

  • Natural capital and environmental markets
  • Horticultural businesses and market gardeners e.g. Plant Variety Rights (PVR), brand protection/licensing, business terms and policies for supply to the EU and commercial crop production.
  • Renewable energy e.g., green energy, granting options and leases to energy companies for wind, solar, biofuels and other renewable projects
  • Retail & Leisure – e.g. farm shops, farmers markets, events, tourism, glamping, B&Bs, caravan parks, eco-tourism, holiday lets, petting zoos


We have particular expertise in advising clients within the agriculture sector, and have a thorough understanding of the unique challenges faced by the farming community. We can assist you with regulatory matters including prosecutions and criminal investigations by agencies such as the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the police.

Your free agri-business healthcheck

Our free legal healthcheck tool is designed to help you ensure your agri-businesses is legally compliant and that your personal affairs are protected. This self-assessment takes a couple of minutes to complete and, upon completion, you will receive a free report outlining key areas for you.

Start your assessment

Our presence in the agriculture sector

We are committed to keeping our agricultural clients ahead of the game by hosting specialist seminars, webinars and networking events. We also regularly attend regional and national industry conferences where several of our solicitors are recognised speakers.

In association with

NFU Legal Panel Firm

We are the NFU panel firm for the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and have strong relationships with other rural and farming focused organisations, including:

Industry recognition for our Agriculture team

Here is what others have to say about the team:

“Clarke Willmott is unique in that as a client, I felt highly regarded and valued by everybody I conversed with and they each handled my file very personably, giving me complete confidence in their capabilities.’” – Legal 500, 2024

 “Esther is very bright, works tremendously hard and she oversees a very substantial caseload with real skills and attention to detail. I think she is probably one of the best agricultural litigation partners I have come across. She can deal with difficult clients really well.” Chambers, 2024 on Esther Woolford, who is the Agriculture Sector Head

“Rod is a pleasure to work with, and is able to take the stress out of often complex transactions.” Chambers UK, 2024 on Rod Lloyd-Jones

Mark has outstanding knowledge and experience,” a source adds: ‘”He provides an excellent level of service all round” Chambers UK, 2024

Philip Whitcomb is in a very small elite in the UK who can advise across farm partnership issues and taxation” – Legal 500, 2023

Contact an agricultural solicitor today

If you would like to find out more about how our team of agricultural law specialists can support you and your business, please call us on 0800 652 8025 or get in touch online.

Our Agriculture team has a strong presence in the South West and advises clients across England and Wales. Clarke Willmott has offices in Taunton, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Southampton.

Your key contacts

Philip Whitcomb


Philip is a private client partner who acts for a large number of farmers, landowners and high-net worth individuals. He has particular expertise in advising on succession planning and the structuring of farm businesses.
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Meet our wider Agriculture team

With seven offices throughout England and Wales, Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with a local presence. Click to learn more about our wider team of legal professionals and how they can support you.

Meet the team

Industry recognition

Sources say: ‘It’s an excellent team’ and ‘a serious player’.

Chambers UK 2020

A well-respected firm with a great reputation that the practice easily lives up to.

Legal 500 2020

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