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SRA Competency B


With the introduction of the new Basic Payment Entitlement Scheme buying and selling agricultural land continues to be a specialist area of property work. This course is a must for all property lawyers who are exposed to buying and selling agricultural land and property and wish to gain more specific knowledge in this niche area.

It considers what questions to ask when taking initial instructions and will help delegates identify the key issues which affect farmers and landowners when investing in or disposing of property.

The course is ideal for those who are new to buying and selling agricultural property or simply wish to refresh and update their knowledge in light of the changing face of agricultural law.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following:

Part One - Initial Instructions

  1. Taking Instructions:
    • Identifying your client(s) and the extent of the 'property' being sold
    • OS numbers, Land Registry compliant plans and hedge and ditch rule!
    • Identifying opportunities
  2. Occupation:
    • Examining the different methods of agricultural occupation, from grazing licences, Farm Business Tenancies to occupation under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
  3. Searches/Enquiries:
    • The different types of searches and enquiries which are appropriate to agricultural land

Part Two - Drafting the Contract

  1. Basic Payment Entitlements:
    • Understanding the basics of the scheme
    • Selling and buying entitlements
    • Traps for the unwary
  2. Continued Management of the Holding:
    • Looking at the different ways to manage and farm the holding between exchange and completion or harvest
  3. Environmental Stewardship:
    • Examine the current and new stewardship schemes
    • Consider the impact of a sale on the schemes

Part Three - Transfer and Completion

  1. Price:
    • Considering price apportionment and retentions
    • VAT and SDLT
  2. Third party notifications and reporting:
    • Identifying third parties who need to be notified of a sale
    • Understanding the Bank's requirements
    • Who is doing what? Falling between two stools!
  3. The client's ongoing needs:
    • Farm management
    • Business structures
    • Family matters
    • Wills and tax planning

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Seminar | 28.02.2019

Newcastle | 9:30am - 12:45pm

Buying & Selling Agricultural Land - A Specialist Area

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