Landed estates

Few firms of lawyers act for more landed estates in England and Wales than Hunters – and we increasingly act for families with more far flung landed interests – in Scotland, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA and further afield.

Advising well on landed estates is a specialist skill, needing a clear understanding of your priorities, the difficulties you face, and how to make the best of what you have.

Principally, we are lawyers, and the subject requires a broad range of legal expertise – in estate, trust and tax planning; in property and agricultural law; in employment law; in development and planning; in heritage law and management; in dispute resolution; in varying business structures.

There is also a constant need to manage a wide range of personal and professional relationships with sensitivity and care. It is rare for such work to be on a ‘one-off’ basis, and we have been retained by most of our clients over successive generations, not least because management of their assets requires continuity and consistency of approach coupled with perceptive long-term thinking.

We are one of the leading providers of legal advice in this sector, ranking second in the Legal 500 2013 and recommended in Chambers 2014.

The Landed Estate practice is an important core activity of the firm and most of the firm’s fee-earners are involved in advising on an aspect of the affairs of our landed estate clients. We pride ourselves on the continuity of our service, so that successive generations of our clients can look to us with confidence to help resolve the variety of problems that arise throughout their lives.

Hunters act for the owners of some 67 Landed Estates, which include a mixture of tenanted and in hand farms, spread across the whole country from Northumberland to Cornwall and Norfolk to Wales. A number include heritage property, and several embrace houses which are open to the public and are home to chattels which are subject to Revenue undertakings. In a number of cases the ownership structure is complicated, and some comprise property held subject to Strict Settlements.

“a tremendous and detailed knowledge of estates” Chambers 2016

The team takes “great pains and ensure the right avenues are explored” Chambers 2015

Clients praise their “sound, professional advice” Legal 500 2015

“enjoyable to work with and professional. I recommend them without hesitation” Chambers 2013

Introducing your landed estates team

We understand our clients’ needs and tailor our work to each set of circumstances, providing high quality, cost effective advice. We are a multi disciplinary practice and work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive service over all our practice areas.

Partners

Associates

Ivan Ho

Associate

Tax, trust & probate manager

Matthew Clarke

Trust and Tax Manager

Private client news

Company & commercial

In any company, the Articles of Association are critical – they bind the members and govern the way in which the company is run.

Who appoints and dismisses the directors?  Are any issues reserved for unanimous or qualified majority decision?  Are minority interests protected?  Are there suitable restrictions on the transfer of shares outside the family or other chosen group?  Such questions must be regulated in the Articles because they will govern the legal position in the event of a dispute.