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  • Honiton: 01404 548050

Overview

Agricultural and Rural Affairs

We have been a practising agricultural law firm at the heart of the South West farming community for over 200 years.  We have a long-established relationship with farmers, landowners and landed estates having acted as the chosen agricultural law firm for many generations of local farming families.

Our heritage gives us deep insight into the often complex issues that concern farmers and landowners. As many members of our legal team live locally, we have a shared interest in helping the agricultural and rural community thrive in Devon and Somerset. 

We tailor our legal advice to the pressures of farming life and ensure minimal distraction from the day-to-day working of your farm. Our team of Agricultural and Rural Affairs solicitors give advice that is practical, realistic and appropriate.

To our farming clients we offer the following services:

  • Agricultural tenancies, grass keep and grazing agreements
  • Tax mitigation
  • Protecting the family farm for future generations
  • Farming partnership agreements
  • Farm and land sales and purchases
  • Shared farming agreements, joint venture agreements and company incorporation
  • Boundary disputes and rights of way
  • Partnership disputes
  • Livestock health and environmental issues
  • The law relating to animals, equestrian businesses and livery agreements, renewal and revocation of shotgun and firearms licenses
  • Implications of the Hunting Act 2004
  • The effects of diversification on your business and tax position

We play an active role in rural affairs as members of the Agricultural Law Association and the Country Land and Business Association. This involvement keeps us close to the heart of rural life and gives a depth of understanding of the problems you face.

We know that rural issues are not unique to the farming community. We also advise those living in the countryside on matters resulting from the intricacies of rural life including:

  • Listed Buildings
  • Boundary plans and boundary disputes
  • Contaminated land and flooding issues
  • Private water and drainage issues
  • Sporting and fishing rights

To find out more about our agricultural and rural law services and the way we work, please contact us.

Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations published

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

The government published the Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations (SI 2020/41) on 22 January 2020. The Regulations allow the Countryside Stewardship...

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Government provides update on Ash Archive initiative

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

On 17 January 2020, the government provided an update on its Ash Archive initiative. The initiative, which was aimed at...

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Government scheme funds village halls in England

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

On 20 January 2020, the government has funded £1.2 million to village halls in England for these communities to make...

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Environment Agency deadline to upgrade or replace existing septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England

Posted by Richard Glanville on October 28th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, MOVING HOUSE.

Septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England should be upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.

The Environment Agency...

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Natural England licenses 11 new badger control areas in 2019

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 30th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations within High Risk and Edge areas...

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The Shute Festival 2019

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 25th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Beviss & Beckingsale are delighted to support the Shute Festival which was established in 2016 to bring inspirational speakers to this beautiful...

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Sheep farmer granted restraining order against vegan activist

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 25th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

A sheep farmer in Devon has been granted a restraining order at Poole Magistrates' Court against a woman who describes...

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Forced to Sell the Farm – Proprietary Estoppel

Posted by Emma Northover on September 23rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

The recent cases on Proprietary Estoppel have once again brought this unusual topic into the news.  In these recent cases,...

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Site of Special Scientific Interest prosecution action taken by Natural England

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 30th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Natural England have acted to prosecute a farmer for damage to a SSSI

The farmer had created a track, undertaken significant...

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Defra publishes information about two Countryside Stewardship Grants

Posted by Brian Maxwell on August 9th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published information about two Countryside Stewardship grants.

The facilitation fund grant...

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Environment Secretary highlights important role of farmers in stewardship of environment

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 9th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Teresa Villiers, attended Countryfile Live on...

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Who is liable to the users of a public right of way?

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 5th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

If the right of way in question is adpoted highway, then the highway authority will be responsible for its maintenance and...

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Luxury Hamper Competition Winner is Tom Palmer

Posted by Mark Carlisle on July 11th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

A huge well done to Tom Palmer from Colyford who was the winner of our competition at the recent Axe...

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Government to pay farmers in stewardship agreements by the end of July

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 21st 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

On 19th June 2019, the government has confirmed that farmers and land managers in Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship...

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Government publishes guidance on stopping harmful weeds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 3rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

On 20 May 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on stopping, disposing and...

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Natural England revokes three general licences for control of wild birds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on April 26th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

On 25 April 2019, Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling 16 species of wild birds, following a...

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Feed-in tariffs: Ofgem publishes closure guidance

Posted by Mark Carlisle on March 29th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

On 21 March 2019, Ofgem published Feed-in Tariffs: Essential guide to closure of the scheme. This guidance explains Ofgem's administration...

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Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 19th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed it remains fully focused...

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Government TB strategy review

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 19th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Government TB strategy review

The government’s 25 year bovine tuberculosis (TB) strategy, led by Sir Charles Godfray, has been published on...

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Poultry Registration Rules

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 12th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

Poultry (including game birds): registration rules

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance for poultry including...

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Asian Hornet: UK Sightings in 2018

Posted by Mark Ollier on October 24th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Asian hornet: UK sightings in 2018

The government has confirmed that there have been 13 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet...

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How to choose a Solicitor

Posted by Mark Ollier on October 17th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, FAMILY, MOVING HOUSE, POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Choosing a Solicitor?

As a regular subscriber to Which magazine, I was immensely gratified to see the booklet enclosed which their...

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Tenant Farmers Association calls for further drought support

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 10th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has joined with the National Farmers Union (NFU)in challenging Defra into greater proactivity to address...

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Government prepares for no deal-Brexit with issue of 80 notices for farming

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 29th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

The government is to publish a series of notes advising people and businesses how to protect themselves from the potential...

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Dairy company fined �200,000 following conviction for health and safety breach

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 2nd 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

On 11 July 2018, Tomlinson's Dairies Limited was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,267.20 to the Health...

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Review of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty

Posted by Mark Carlisle on July 3rd 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced plans for a review and potential expansion of the...

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Rural Crime Survey

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 12th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey, of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across England and Wales, is now...

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Consultation on potential ban of live exports of animals for slaughter

Posted by Mark Carlisle on May 11th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

The government has launched a call for evidence for a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter...

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Badger cull central to policy to rid England of bovine TB by 2038

Posted by Mark Carlisle on May 10th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

The government is committed to eradicating bovine TB and sees badger culling as central to that policy, as highlighted in...

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Attention Farmers!

Posted by Mark Carlisle on April 20th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

Basic Payment Scheme deadline looms

The application deadline for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 is midnight on 15 May 2018....

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New Japanese Knotweed (fallopia japonica) Case Causes Concern

Posted by Mark Ollier on February 13th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, MOVING HOUSE.

As you may be aware, Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species in the UK, which although superficially attractive, causes major...

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Land, Horses & The Law

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 15th 2016 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

Introduction

If you are considering allowing horses onto your land it is important to seek legal and tax advice.  You should...

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Contaminated Land

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 18th 2010 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

Ever thought about the land under your feet? Do you know the history of the land surrounding your house? More...

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