For rural and agricultural property owners, disputes about land can be a major concern. These claims can also be sensitive as they tend to involve neighbouring land.

We have in-depth agriculture industry knowledge and a track record of litigation success in rural land disputes. Ranked in the ‘Top Tier’ and ‘Band 1’ by the leading legal directories, we are one of the country’s largest agricultural teams and are panel solicitors for the National Farmers Union in more counties than any other law firm. We are also the sole appointed legal advisors to the ‘Business Clinic’ in the industry leading publication ‘Farmers Weekly’.

We prioritise your needs and objectives throughout so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your business, with confidence. Our expertise in resolving complex rural land disputes can help you achieve the best outcome.


Russell Reeves

Partner 0117 930 9598

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


With a proven track record of resolving complex rural land issues, our team will provide you with practical, tailored advice to achieve your objectives and ensure your peace of mind. Whether complex or straightforward and whatever the potential range of issues involved, your case will be carefully considered.

Protecting your land takes a thorough approach and our experts will take this painstaking research out of your hands. We’ll take an in-depth look at your land, including conducting site inspections, enquiries to the local authority and Definitive Map and Statement checks where appropriate. Our team will explore the options available with you and will ensure you have a clear assessment of any associated risks. By working with you to understand your situation and objectives, we will help you put measures in place to prevent future issues.

With strong industry connections, if needed we can create a strong team of professionals to help your case succeed. We are highly experienced in resolving disputes without recourse to court proceedings, however if your case does go to Court, we have an excellent track record in successfully representing our farming and rural clients.

  • An important judicial decision for one of Europe’s largest soft fruit companies, which protected its private right of way following a five-day trial. The Defendant landowners unsuccessfully appealed to the Court of Appeal as a result of which our client’s express right of way to its farmland was protected.
  • Acting for a Wiltshire farmer in dispute with a neighbouring landowner on the correct interpretation of a legal boundary in a conveyance. The case involved detailed analysis of title deeds, Ordnance Survey maps, GPS mapping data and evidence from multiple witnesses. The case was successfully resolved at mediation including a payment of a large lump sum to our farming client.
  • Successfully represented a Leicestershire Estate on a claim for an injunction and damages arising from a neighbouring landowner’s breach of a restrictive covenant by building houses. The case involved detailed argument on the correct way to value our client’s damages arising from the breach.
  • Acting for a Buckinghamshire farmer is a dispute with a neighbouring family land owner concerning the legal boundary between their properties. The case involved multiple proceedings and a reference to the First Tier Tribunal. It was settled to our client’s satisfaction shorty before trial.
  • Advising a Hampshire landowner and successfully defending a claim brought against her that a boundary had moved under the law of adverse possession. The case involved an implied boundary agreement and the ‘hedge and ditch’ rule.
  • Winning a trial on behalf of a farmer against his former girlfriend who, it was said, he had gifted some land. Following a two-day trial our farming client was successful in demonstrating that the land was not a gift, but he was part owner of the land under trust. The case involved an application and order for sale of the land under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and our client was also entitled to recover his legal costs.
  • Advising a Surrey based farming business on a claim by neighbouring landowners that the physical boundary was in the wrong place and did not reflect the legal boundary. The case was resolved without the need for court proceedings.
  • Acting for a Gloucestershire land owner in a claim concerning the correct location of a legal boundary shown in an historic deed. The case involved GPS mapping and expert witness determination.
  • Acting for a landowner after a neighbour blocked the way across agricultural land, causing major difficulties in access. We successfully proved the existence of a prescriptive right of way through more than 20 years’ historic, undocumented usage of an all-purposes right of way.
  • Acting for three owners of agricultural land, successfully defending against a neighbour’s claim of a prescriptive right of way across their land. This right of way would have included rights to cross through their gardens with cars, horses and carts, with serious potential valuation consequences.
  • Advising an owner of farm land on whether his right of way allowed him various rights of entry/exit points along the full length of a route, following his neighbour’s effort to impose one specific entry/exit point, potentially causing substantial interference with the usage of the land.
  • Advising a commercial unit owner on whether to grant temporary access permission to defeat a neighbour’s claim for a prescriptive right of way. The claim was resolved, thereby preserving the development potential of the land and avoiding neighbours’ attempts to prevent development by claiming to have undocumented rights of way.

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Adverse possession
  • Advising on claims for compensation relating to compulsory purchase of, or interference with, land
  • Applications for the sale of land under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act
  • Boundary disputes
  • Contractual disputes on the sale and purchase of land
  • Drainage related issues
  • Establishing rights of ownership and interests in land
  • Land options and associated valuation issues
  • Misrepresentation claims against sellers of land
  • Orders for sale of land
  • Private rights of way
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Rectification of title issues
  • Removing trespassers from land via possession applications
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Rights of light, including interference and obstructions
  • Rights of way including prescriptive and express easements

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.