Our market-leading Agriculture Litigation team act for farming clients in farm partnership disputes all over the country.

This includes Proprietary Estoppel claims which are an extremely niche and evolving area of law. It is therefore essential that the solicitors acting for you are specialists in this area.

As panel solicitors for the National Farmers Union in more counties than any other form of solicitors in the UK, we understand these family issues and the complexities of this area. We have a successful track record in the highest courts in the country and we are therefore well placed to be able to advise you on what legal arguments work, why and when they should be implemented.

You can be confident being represented by our Agriculture Litigation Team, ranked in ‘Band 1’ and the ‘Top Tier’ by the leading legal directories.

We are also the sole appointed legal advisors to the ‘Business Clinic’ in the industry leading publication ‘Farmers Weekly’.


Russell Reeves

Partner 0117 930 9598

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


Farm partnerships often underpin the ownership of a family farming business which can be multi-generational. In our experience, often written partnership agreements do not exist, so what then? The answer is never clear cut in this nuanced and highly technical area of law.

Even if a partnership agreement does exist then there can be many different arguments over the interpretation of that agreement which can dramatically affect which partner owns which assets and their value.

These issues can be worth millions of pounds and often come to a head when one partner wishes to leave a farm business or is close to retirement. Long term family farm succession issues and the competing interests of non-farming siblings also common place. We routinely encounter these issues when acting for farming families. You are therefore in experienced hands when seeking our advice.

  • Acted for the partners of a multi-million-pound dairy farming partnership when one of the partners served a notice to retire. It was undisputed that the retiring partner was entitled to his share of the partnership assets however there was a question over whether the land (worth millions) was owned by the partnership. Upon our thorough investigation of the retiring partner we discovered that in his earlier matrimonial divorce he had stated that the farm land was not a partnership asset but a personal asset of his parents, presumably in an effort to reduce his divorce settlement. It was this investigation which resulted in an extremely favourable settlement to our farming clients and allowed them to continue farming.
  • Successful in a farm partnership dispute at arbitration concerning the ownership of a family dairy farm worth £4m. The case involved a son retiring from the farming partnership who sought a dissolution of the partnership, sale of the partnership assets and the paying to him of his share. This is a routine tactic by retiring partners. We acted for the remaining partners who wished to avoid dissolution and continue in partnership together. To do this they would need to pay the retiring son for his share. There was a dispute on whether a longstanding and valuable Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy was a partnership asset or not, and if it was, a further dispute about the correct way to value it. This involved contested valuation advice from several well-known national land agents. Our farming clients were successful at arbitration. It is worth noting that in many farm partnership agreements there are ‘arbitration clauses’ and careful consideration needs to be made to consider whether they apply.
  • Acted for one farming father/partner in a multi-million-pound arable partnership with his son. As the father wanted, we were successful in dissolving the partnership and represented the father in defence of the son’s proprietary estoppel claim which eventually reached the Court of Appeal where we were successful before three Court of Appeal judges on the issue of equitable relief. We are seeing a growing trend for proprietary estoppel farming cases being made in a farm partnership dispute context.
  • Acted for one of the parties in a £5m farming partnership dispute concerning the interpretation of a buy out clause.

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Dissolution and winding up
  • Farm business tenancies
  • Farming families
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
  • Limited partnerships
  • Partnership Act 1890
  • Partnership agreements
  • Partnership disputes
  • Proprietary estoppel claims
  • Succession
  • Share farming agreements
  • Tax implications
  • Wills and inheritance

Industry Accreditations

We have strong ties to the following:


Acting as National Farmers Union panel solicitors for more counties than any other law firm in the country, we have strong ties to the following:

  • Agricultural Law Association 
  • British Institute of Agricultural Consultants
  • Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Tenant Farmers Association

We are also proud to be the sole designated legal contributor to the Farmers Weekly Business Clinic.

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NFU Members

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As an NFU Panel Firm we offer NFU Members a 12.5% discount on our fees for qualifying cases and if you subscribe to the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme further funding from the NFU may be available.