Pitmans Agriculture & Rural Business sector team is based in our Southampton office (formerly Lamport Bassitt), but draws on specialists from Reading and London in all main business legal areas, and private client tax, trusts and Wills experts to provide an integrated service.

Whether helping you:

  • manage and protect your land and buildings
  • plan and develop your non-agricultural businesses and operating structures
  • keep within regulatory boundaries
  • manage and resolve disputes or
  • work out plans for succession to the family farm, in a tax-efficient manner

Together we:

  • deliver astute, commercial and practical advice at a realistic cost
  • deliver consistently excellent transactional services
  • strive to exceed our clients expectations
  • have excellent relationships with leading professionals in this sector
  • value and consistency invest in long term relationships
  • seek to guide clients proactively through the ever changing legal landscape

Who do Pitmans' Agriculture & Rural Business lawyers work for? 

Our clients may be locals who have farmed the same land for many generations, individual or institutional investors extending their acreage, or City people moving to the country for lifestyle reasons.

Farms may be run by sole traders, partnerships, companies and trusts. We have expertise in all these business forms, and combinations of them.

We also advise the owners of related rural businesses, and on the use of pension vehicles such as SIPPS in land purchase planning.

Do Pitmans' Agriculture & Rural lawyers have any particular areas of expertise?

We have particular expertise in:

  • buying and selling farmland, or farming companies which own the land
  • granting or reviewing farm tenancies, grazing agreements and licences, holiday lets and tenancies of business units
  • handling planning applications and appeals
  • setting up companies and partnerships to run farming and non-agricultural businesses
  • managing and resolving disputes, which may arise amongst families over Trusts, Wills and rights of inheritance, perhaps where there have been children from two marriages, divorce, or with third parties such as charity beneficiaries
  • managing personal injury claims, employer and public liability cases, and defending industrial disease claims brought by the Health & Safety Executive
  • working out plans for succession to the family farm, in a tax-efficient manner

Farms and rural businesses may have been structured in the past for good tax, business management, or family reasons, but as these change, we work as a team with our clients’ regular tax and other advisers to review existing operating structures, and implement new plans.

Why choose Pitmans’ Agriculture & Rural lawyers?

Pitmans have been established in Reading for over 150 years, merging with Lamport Bassitt who were established in Southampton in 1878 and joined Pitmans in 2014. 

Both firms have long since developed from their roots serving landowning clients across Central Southern England including the Isle of Wight based on an impressive range of expertise in commercial fields, both UK and international.

Inevitably this brings us into contact with a very diverse range of business owners, and property, commercial, employment, regulatory, dispute resolution, matrimonial, tax and succession planning problems. 

This very wide experience is at your disposal. There is no charge for an initial enquiry.

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John Newton


T: 023 8083 7742
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Christina Daniels


T: 0118 957 0322
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Sue O'Brien


T: 0118 957 0513
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David Ainslie

Head of Trusts & Estates

T: 0118 957 0231
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Oliver Kelly


T: 02380 831 902
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Joanne Bray (nee Eden)


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