Farms & Estates
Godwins have extensive experience in legal matters arising from land and estates and many families have employed our services throughout the generations. Our knowledge and experience of property law and land can help you grow and develop your land. Whether common, private, owned or rented, you’ll want to be clear who can use your land and for what purposes.
The inherent tax implications of routine decisions around buying and selling agricultural and equine property can be far-reaching. We’ll work closely with your accountants/tax advisors to ensure you have the right paperwork in place.
You may be able to make better use of your resources and potentially boost your income through branching out into new areas. Our commercial property team can help you regenerate agricultural buildings and bring new life to your business. We’ll advise on development opportunities and associated hazards, tenancy agreements, and can help you get planning permission.
We’ll consider whether land has conditions attached, or rights for others to use the paths or pipes running through it. Equally, we can guide you on granting new rights to others over your land.
We can help provide you with grazing agreements and licences.
Agricultural tenancies, now called farm business tenancies, can help you earn money from land you own, or get access to land you don’t. Godwins are experienced lawyers in land and estates and can work through terms and conditions for you. We’ll also keep an eye out for anything which might affect your land and estate’s value and profitability.
Our knowledge and experience can help you avoid unnecessary costs when installing services such as telecommunication masts, solar panels and renewable energy sources. We can advise on your contractual agreements and obligations, negotiate contracts and help you make the most of your permissions.
Godwins has specialist lawyers who are experts in woodland and forest law and can help you navigate both woodland and fishing transactions, whether you’re purchasing for your own leisure or tax advantages.
Professionally managed woodland can be a tax efficient way of passing wealth to future generations. With our team’s expertise in inheritance tax, wills and tax advice, you can be sure everything is in order to get the most out of your land.
We can also advise on which grants and reliefs are available from the government, which often depends on how you use the land and what species you have on it.
Regulations usually depend on how woodland functions – for example if it’s used as a nature reserve or for providing fuel, or for running another type of business such as a school or campground. We’ll help ensure you’re registered with the correct authority and have the correct permissions to be carrying out works.
Speak to our team for bespoke agricultural advice.