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Agricultural Disputes

Disputes in connection with agricultural land can involve:

  • Contract disputes: for example boundaries, rights of way, trespassers, or undisclosed tenancies
  • Planning and environmental disputes: for example pollution, statutory nuisance, construction matters and planning issues
  • Employment disputes: between employers and employees whether on farms or in other agricultural businesses
  • Partnership disputes: leading to the dissolution of a farming partnership
  • Estate disputes following the death of a farmer or other landowner relating to the division of assets

Other common areas of dispute include matters under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (for example notices to quit, rent review, and repairs and dilapidations); and under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 (breaches of covenant, insolvency and forfeiture).

If you are considering taking legal action or are defending a claim against you, we can work in your best interests to avoid going to court by alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation. If litigation becomes unavoidable, we will work with you to produce the best possible outcome in court for you and your business.

For further information, please contact Martin Soloman or Lucy Gray
Call: 0191 232 8345
Email: martin.soloman@hay-kilner.co.uk / lucy.gray@hay-kilner.co.uk


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