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Jonathan Thompson, Senior Associate

Jonathan is a landed estates lawyer specialising in rural property and agricultural law.

Jonathan Thompson, Senior Associate

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Jonathan is a landed estates lawyer specialising in rural property and agricultural law, with experience in landed estates transactions (including legal charges of agricultural land), legal aspects of landed estate management and agricultural tenancies. He has acted for both seller and buyer of landed estates, smaller rural properties and woodlands. Jonathan has experience in acting for both landlord and tenant in agricultural tenancy work under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. He has acted in both sales and purchases of multi-million pound value farms and estates, but also smaller rural properties and blocks of lands. Rural tenancy work has included surrender and regrants of tenancies and succession tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, grants of tenancies under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, and sporting rights.

Jonathan has also provided advice upon aspects of both types of agricultural tenancies. His landed estate management work has included first registrations of land at the Land Registry, grant and management of fishing and sporting rights, renewable energy; rights of way and easements, grazing licences and many other matters pertinent to landed estate, agricultural and rural property ownership and use. Jonathan has acted for landowners and landed estates from the Scottish Borders down to the South Coast, and from Humberside over to North Wales. His own experience of land management and Single Farm Payment (albeit in a small way) has provided insight and empathy for agricultural and rural property use and ownership. He has assisted with the Tenancy Reform Industry Group.

Jonathan is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights

  • Advising Trustees on an agreed shortened Notice to Quit procedure under an Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy, followed by the grant of a Farm Business Tenancy; the work was carried out under a short timescale, due to the imminent term date of the 1986 Act tenancy and the need to agree the terms of two new Farm Business Tenancies, and value was further added by ensuring that the structure did not impose a Stamp Duty Land Tax liability
  • Acting in a multi-million pound purchase of a farm, which needed to be completed in one month and involved putting into place legal charges over existing farmland and the new farm; the matter involved complex analysis of the seller's Single Farm Payment entitlements, due to different ownership of these and possible charging of them by a bank, and value was added by advice on the structure of the sale and puchase, also through consideration of issues that might have affected receipt of Basic Payment Scheme payments from 2015
  • Advising a potential buyer on the proposed purchase of an investment property, comprising of a farm let under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy; value was added as possible pitfalls for a landlord under a 1986 Act tenancy were highlighted, relating to succession tenancies and other obligations on the landlord enshrined in the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
  • Advising on the grant of an option for a photovoltaic farm
  • Advising on the rural property law aspects of the purchase of a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Palace