Michael is a solicitor and qualified barrister specialising in agricultural law. He has practised at the land registry and the law commission as well as in private practice, and is an expert in farm sales and lettings, rights of way and access issues, as well as sporting rights. Michael also wrote and edited the agricultural chapter of Tolley’s Insolvency Law and sits as a judge on the First Tier Tribunal.
Farm Sales on behalf of AMC PLC
Sales of farms across England and Wales for AMC PLC as mortgagee both by private treaty and by auction
Agricultural Advice to The National Trust
Acting for the National Trust in acquisition and sale of farms and other heritage property and on grant of farm business tenancies
Michael recently acted for a government agency in an arbitration regarding a Case B notice under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 on the grounds that planning permission for an alternative use had been granted. The challenge to the notice was dismissed.
Grant of a Compex Succession Tenancy
Michael recently acted on the grant of a succession tenancy under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. Two successions were involved and the farm will now be held by the current generation.
Advice on Farm Business Tenancies to English Heritage
Acting for English Heritage on sites at Wroxeter, Salisbury Plain and at Battle Abbey, granting or renewing farm business tenancies.