Agricultural & rural affairs


" I have never worked with a more professional group of lawyers before."

Client testimonial


Farmers and land owners have always been some of our most important clients. You should expect nothing less from a firm that has traded in a market town since the 19th Century!


Our team of lawyers have worked in this area for years and have seen all manner of situations before, from bitter disputes over family succession, licences for power lines, problems with farm managers, issues caused by land contamination to the successful development of agricultural land for other purposes.


Jonathan and Wayne are supported by experts to advise on tax, employment and environmental issues.


As a result the firm is recommended in legal directories as "solid and reliable", “seldom ruffled by the difficulties of even the most complicated transactions” and a firm which “keeps high quality clients happy” with a “professional and straight forward approach”. These words come directly from our clients, interviewed by researchers employed by independent legal directories.


We work closely with surveyors, accountants and other advisers, to make sure that our clients get the best result, cost effectively and to an acceptable timescale.


Please contact Jonathan Mathers or Wayne Perrin for further information.


Examples of our recent work in this area include:


The sale of a large family farm, farmed by the family company and subject to tenancy agreements. Advising how best to change these arrangements to save tax and then handling the sale itself;

The sale of farm land to the Secretary of State for Transport, involving conditional contracts and overage agreements, having first resolved complex tax issues resulting from an uncompleted business sale agreement entered into in the early 1990s;

Reorganising the ownership of businesses, introducing share option schemes and buying out shareholders;

Purchase by a foreign investor of a local stud for £2.9 million, which included residential properties and complex employment issues advised on in conjunction with our employment team;

Purchase of land for use as an egg producing unit, negotiating further options, overage provisions and rights of pre emption;

Defending enforcement action in respect of the pollution of water courses;

Advising land owners on application made by tenants following the death of an original tenant;

Advising, in conjunction with our tax team, on the extent of Agricultural Property Relief on two farms and farmhouses in relation to an estate where Greene & Greene were not the Solicitors involved in the administration of the estate; and

Advising on the succession of a Suffolk estate under the Agricultural Holdings Act.



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Principal contacts


Jonathan Mathers

Jonathan Mathers


Wayne Perrin

Wayne Perrin


Tim Fox

Tim Fox


Selene Holden

Selene Holden


Ayesha Brown

Ayesha Brown


Julia Routledge

Julia Routledge


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Latest from our clients


"Thank you very much for your assistance and the work that you have done in relation to this sale. I have been very impressed with your efficiency and will be pleased to recommend you should the opportunity arise."


Latest from Chambers UK


"Greene & Greene's agricultural team has developed a niche in delivering high-quality work to clients across Suffolk. It provides a comprehensive service to farmers and landowners, and is ably supported by a formidable private client team."