Business Rates – are you paying too much?

Stables are subject to business rates

It is often assumed that business rates are only chargeable against property which is run as part of a business, however this is not necessarily the case. Any non-domestic property that falls outside of your residential curtilage may be subject to Non-Domestic rates. As from the 1st April 2017, the new rates released by the… Read More

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by

How to…. Start a farm succession plan

Farm succession

Land Agent’s, solicitors and accountants are all guilty of highlighting the importance of succession planning by regaling horror stories and anecdotes of what can happen if it all goes wrong. Less frequently do we outline the starting points for a successful succession plan and the documents that are useful and the key areas that need… Read More

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by

2016 – A busy Expert Witness year.

expert witness

  We don’t talk about expert witness work much as it’s one of those areas that quietly happens and matters are almost always confidential. We have however been very busy in 2016 with various rural and development expert witness work so thought it worth detailing the sort of subjects we have dealt with: Report for… Read More

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by

Farm Business Succession – where to start

farm business succession

This week we hosted a joint seminar with Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Hazelwood’s Accountants and NFU focusing on farm succession at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. The night was enjoyed by approximately 70 local farmers and landowners where they had the opportunity to discuss the detail of planning succession with a panel of experts. We heard… Read More

Posted on October 16th, 2015 by

How to use your SSAS pension to take control of your existing pension pot, save tax and buy land

In this blog Andrew Troughton of Carver Knowles, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents in Worcestershire explains all: Disclaimer 1 – This article is not about Pension Auto Enrollment, but looks at how farmers can use SSAS Pensions (Small Self-Administered pension Schemes) to take control of, and better use their pensions. Disclaimer 2 – We are Land… Read More

Posted on September 11th, 2015 by

Farm loans – A guide to securing a loan against a farm.

Farm finance

This blog introduces the main criteria to consider when borrowing against a farm and helps you understand want lenders are looking for and how to put stronger loan applications together. This should help ensure that proposals stand out and have a better chance of being approved. There are 2 key elements: Security The more simple part is… Read More

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by