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Agricultural Disputes


The agricultural sector is often a complex area, and where your business is facing an an agricultural dispute, this can have an extremely detrimental impact on your business.

Seeking practical advice at the earliest opportunity from a professional agricultural disputes solicitor can prove to be highly beneficial, helping to provide an appropriate solution without impacting your agricultural business any further. 

Our lawyers at Roythornes Solicitors recognise the unique challenges farmers, landowners and other agricultural business owners face. When you work with our specialist team, you’ll benefit from a combination of our expertise in agricultural disputes with our vast knowledge and understanding of the law and governing regulations, having assisted clients through all types of disputes, including those with more complex circumstances.

From the start, our team will carefully understand your farming dispute, so we can provide a tailored service, helping you to understand the appropriate options available to you, the likelihood of success, as well as the cost of resolving your dispute.

For most agricultural dispute matters, we encourage clients to seek out-of-court resolution where possible through methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). However, should court litigation be better suited, our team have exceptional practise providing robust representation and guidance.

Our agricultural disputes solicitors can provide clear and transparent advice and guidance on matters including:

  • Agricultural tenancy disputes
  • Agricultural property disputes
  • Supply and contract disputes
  • Nuisance claims
  • Debt Recovery

Get in touch with our agricultural disputes solicitors

To access legal support and discuss your agricultural dispute case today, contact our team in Alconbury, Birmingham, Nottingham, Peterborough or Spalding.

Our agricultural disputes expertise

Agricultural tenancy disputes

There are two types of agricultural tenancies, including tenancies Under The Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA Tenancies) and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 (FBT – Farm Business Tenancies).

Collectively our team have a wealth of experience guiding all types of agricultural clients disputing either type of tenancy. Should you choose to work with the Roythornes team, we will take the time to understand your tenancy dispute so we can provide the best assistance. Our team will review your agreement, or advise you on position where there is no written tenancy agreement,  ensuring you are aware of your rights and obligations, as well as those of your landlord or tenant (as the case may be).

Our solicitors can provide guidance with matters including:

  • Notices to quit, recovery of possession and claims to compensation upon termination of the tenancy
  • Succession applications
  • Notices to pay and notices to remedy
  • Maintenance disrepair and dilapidations issues
  • Use of land disputes
  • Rent review disputes

Agricultural property disputes

Agricultural property disputes can occur between various parties, including landlords, tenants, neighbouring landowners or the general public. Should you face a property dispute in connection with your agricultural property, it is highly recommended to seek the advice and assistance of a solicitor at the earliest opportunity to prevent matters from escalating further.

Our solicitors understand how damaging an agricultural property dispute can be and strive to provide a quick and effective resolution, while protecting your business’s rights and interests. We have dealt with more complex matters, for example have assisted with resolving agricultural boundary disputes.

Our solicitors can provide assistance with common agricultural property disputes, including:

  • Rights of way disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Proprietary estoppel claims
  • Restrictive covenant and easement disputes
  • Trespass disputes
  • Environmental disputes
  • Ownership disputes
  • Compulsory purchase claims

Supply and contract disputes

Agricultural contracts are often the foundation of any successful farming, agricultural or rural business and where a dispute arises in regard to one, this can have a significant impact on business operations and profit margins.

Our agricultural law solicitors will take the time to review your contract, looking at the terms and conditions, as well as the obligations and liabilities of the involved parties to the contract.

Nuisance claims

Being accused of nuisance can have the potential to implicate your business operations, particularly where a claim is brought forward against you.

Our solicitors can provide specialist assistance with nuisance claims farming businesses may face and will work closely with you to prove you’re in full compliance with regulations and that their claims are baseless or exaggerated.

Our agricultural nuisance claims solicitors provide sound advice and support on matters to include:

  • Noise pollution
  • Odour
  • Dust
  • Chemicals
  • Water pollution
  • Artificial light

Debt Recovery

Farmers, landowners and other agricultural businesses are often faced with third-party individuals or businesses owing them money.

Our solicitors can provide assistance in recovering agricultural debts owed to your business as well as assistance to agricultural businesses that owe debts, for example, to the bank.

Frequently asked questions about agricultural disputes

What are the types of common agriculture disputes?

Some of the common agricultural disputes farming businesses may face include:

  • Agricultural tenancy disputes
  • Agricultural property disputes
  • Supply and contract disputes
  • Nuisance claims
  • Debt Recovery
  • Defective product claims
  • Business and partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Will disputes

How can agricultural dispute claims be resolved?

An agricultural dispute can be resolved in a number of ways, but this will entirely depend on the situation and the complexity of the matter.

An agricultural dispute will be resolved either through:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

It is possible for agricultural disputes to be resolved in an amicable manner through the assistance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

ADR includes methods such as negotiation, where both parties will meet and discuss the matter at hand in the hope of negotiating a mutually agreed outcome.

More often, the typical resolution routes for agricultural disputes are mediation and arbitration. Mediation is where the involved parties will meet with a trained and neutral mediator who will encourage them to communicate and find an outcome they can agree to.

Where the parties wish to pursue arbitration, this involves an arbitrator who will hear both sides of the dispute and any evidence to support this. Once they have heard both sides, the arbitrator will make a legally binding decision.

Court Litigation

In more complex cases or where the involved parties are not able to mutually agree, court proceedings may be a more appropriate route to find a resolution to the dispute. This route, however, is often more time-consuming and expensive and can be stressful for those involved.

Should you choose to instruct our agricultural dispute solicitors, we will assess your circumstances and make an appropriate decision on the best course of action moving forward. No matter the chosen route, our team will always have your and your business’s best interests in mind.

Why choose Roythornes agricultural disputes solicitors?

Our solicitors provide a bespoke rural dispute service, taking the time to develop strong professional relationships with everyone we assist. We take the time to understand your needs and tailor our advice so we can best support you.

You’ll benefit from working alongside talented solicitors devoted to supporting you and your business through all agricultural disputes. Our agricultural law team have outstanding experience, having helped clients for decades.

Our expertise has been awarded through the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation which acknowledges our high quality client care and management of our practice. We have also received the Customer Service Excellence award, for our client’s reassurance.

"Roythornes knowledge of the RPA space is impressive"

Get in touch with our agricultural disputes solicitors

To access legal support and discuss your agricultural dispute case today, contact our team in Alconbury, Birmingham, Nottingham, Peterborough or Spalding.