8th November 2021
Mark is an experienced partner in our agriculture team, trusted to advise farmers, estate owners and landowners. At home, though, he’s more likely to be found behind DJ decks than a desk.
Tell us a little about your work?
I look after farmers, estate owners, individuals and families for whom rural property may form a significant part of their assets. The work ranges from “straight” agricultural law work through to development projects. Diversification also comes under my practice area and takes many forms - ranging from setting up polo schools and grounds through to vineyards and even non-commercial or philanthropic projects. As well as buying, selling and partitioning farms and estates, I also get involved in the sale and purchase of agri-businesses from time to time. It’s very varied and there’s never a dull moment!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
People. We are very lucky to be let into other people’s lives in the way that we are - these people trust us with their hopes and fears. What we do at the end of the day is very human and revolves around relationships, within the firm or externally with clients and the contacts and referrers we deal with. It is a privileged position that not many other occupations enjoy, apart from perhaps medics.
Tell us something about yourself that is not widely known?
I am (my daughters would tell me) a sad individual who does lots of extra-curricular things very badly, among them DJ’ing and playing the keyboard. Horses have been a large part of my life since childhood, and riding and looking after my Irish Cob Killion now is still probably one of the best antidotes to the pressures of daily legal life.
What has been your favourite holiday?
Sailing with my family in the British Virgin Islands - rum in hand and Bob Marley playing at full volume!
Finally, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Firstly, don’t take yourself too seriously. And secondly, whatever you do or say, sadly you will never be James Bond!
Find out more about Mark Charter visit his professional profile here - or email firstname.lastname@example.org