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Our Rural Review for 2013

16th October 2013

Generations of farming families, landowners, rural businesses and property developers put their trust in BHP Law, which has been recognised as a leading legal practice in the north.

With a history dating back to the early 1800s and strong ties to the rural community, the firm has built a reputation for being the advisors of choice for hundreds of country-based clients. 

Its experience earned it a top tier ranking for commercial and agricultural property in the recent Legal 500, a wide reaching analysis and client guide to the UK legal sector.

Led by partner and team leader Simon Robinson, the team acts for a wide range of clients from land and estate owners, property developers and investors to farmers and tenants.

The firm's dedicated team of solicitors, based in Darlington, Durham, Newcastle and Stockton in Teesvalley, has significant expertise in agricultural law and estates having safeguarded the interests of many major landowners and families across the region.

Recent cases the team has handled include a multi-million pound farm acquisition and the purchase of substantial agricultural property holdings on behalf of a family trust.

Simon said: “Across BHP Law we have a strong team that understands the issues for landowners, the barriers to development and the challenges facing our farming families.

“Our lawyers have a great deal of expertise which we share with our clients to ensure their property and assets are used to their full potential and that they can capitalise on new opportunities.”

Well known senior partner Peter Blackett, who has practised in the region for more than 40 years, along with his colleagues, provide a complete legal service to the rural community and agents covering all aspects of farming and rural property ownership including sales and purchases of farms and estates, investment and development opportunities, agricultural and mineral leases, rights of way, tenancies, and advise on diversification opportunities, for example wind farms and other renewable energies.

The team is further supported by a team of Wills, trusts and probate specialists and partner, Helen Biglin, advises many of the firm’s agricultural clients on high value estate matters, protection of assets, inheritance tax planning and financial matters.

BHP Law is also a regular contributor to the rural social scene. Its 20-year sponsorship of the annual Zetland Hunt point-to-point at Witton Castle in May is an occasion many look forward to for bringing together around 300 clients, friends and staff.

For more information on BHP Law’s Agricultural services please visit your local office in either Darlington, Durham, Newcastle or Stockton in Teesside, or call 0800 590 019 now.