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Inheritance tax – and why agricultural businesses can be difficult!

Compared to any other industry agriculture is currently offered the most generous inheritance tax reliefs.

An agricultural business will, of course, always have the option if agricultural property relief is not available upon an asset to consider whether business property relief is available.

With extra inheritance tax reliefs, one would assume therefore that dealing with the death of a farmer should be simpler than the death of any other businessman – however it usually is not.

The common position is that…

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The Planning System – Securing Success

Many farmers are looking to start or expand existing agricultural and non-agricultural enterprises and considering profitable diversification.

The Planning System regulates the use of land and buildings in the public interest by ensuring that the right kind of development occurs in the right place and that any permitted development is sustainable for the environment and the local area.

When you apply to the local authority for Planning Permission (usually either the council or a National Park Planning Authority) they…

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Buying and selling land – a quick guide

Are You Taking Stock?

Many owners of farming land have owned their land for many years, quite often due to being handed down through generations.  As such, there is little reason for their deeds to be looked at.  Often they enter into informal arrangements with third parties without involving a solicitor, which can also impact on any future sale of that land.  So when the decision is made to sell issues can arise such as:

Where are your title deeds…

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Succession Planning for Farmers and Landowners

Too often farmers put off decisions about the future of their farm and this may be because they can’t decide what to do and who to take advice from.  A good starting point is their solicitor who can explain what ownership structures are available, the need for a Will and explain around the minefield of tax.

Here are some considerations when dealing with succession planning for farmers and landowners:

Talk to your family in good time about what your…

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4 common rights of way problems

Rights of way disputes are more common than you might think and can have a significant impact on your business. Disputes specialist Tim Wolley at Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors explains how rights of way are created and the common problems which lead to legal headaches.

Also known as an easement, a right of way is the right to access land (the dominant land) over another’s property (the servient land). If a right of way has been established, in most…

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Wills and estate planning during a pandemic

Since the early days of the coronavirus outbreak there has been a marked increase in the number of queries being made in relation to Inheritance Tax, Estate Planning and Wills. High levels of global uncertainty have brought financial planning to the fore as many are focused on protecting their estates and ensuring the ongoing financial security of their families.

An estate refers to everything in your possession that carries value; this can be your savings, investments and properties as well…

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Thinking of offering horse livery at your farm?

Equine and agricultural specialist Catherine Whittles of Staffordshire law firm Bowcock & Pursaill answers your most common questions.

Do I need planning permission?

Yes you may do, as equine and agriculture fall into different use classes. This also applies to any buildings you erect for stables or any ménage you construct.

Can I get a grant?

There are development grants available in some areas to help farm owners diversify which we can advise on.

Do I have to be…

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Termination of employment during furlough

Many employers are currently utilizing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and this will remain available until the end of June 2020 (unless the Government confirms a further extension). Solicitor and Bowcock and Pursaill, Clare Thomas explains employers’ options regarding termination of employment during furlough.

Whilst the CJRS has provided businesses with some time before making more drastic changes to the workforce in response to the pandemic, most will already be trying to evaluate the short, medium and long-term…

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EMPLOYMENT NEWSLETTER APRIL 2020

We live in challenging times. The government is taking steps to keep the economy going during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Legislation is being enacted in weeks rather than years; guidance is being communicated and updated regularly. The consequences for employment law and practice remain in some circumstances uncertain: none of the new laws, regulations or guidance have yet been tested in the employment tribunal.

If you face employment challenges please take advice from an expert employment lawyer and consult…

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Avoiding divorce after COVID-19  

It’s widely documented now that sadly, divorce rates are predicted to spike in the coming months due to the extra pressure put on couples to self-isolate together.

We’ve seen it happen in China already and unfortunately, it’s not a new concept. With divorce stats typically at their highest after Christmas and the summer holidays when couples have spent a prolonged period of time together, it’s unlikely that the consequences of COVID-19 are going to…

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