Agriculture & estates
Because most of our team are from a farming background, we see issues from an insider’s perspective; we therefore understand the pressures clients face and work together with agents, estate and farm managers to provide cost-effective solutions.
We act for landed estates, trust and farming companies, families, and charities with agricultural properties and interests. We also represent overseas purchasers and other foreign-based investors.
We handle purchases and sales, contract farming, share farming agreements, tenancy issues, property rights, plus agricultural, residential and commercial leases. We also give expert advice on development, overage arrangements and diversification.
Our team helps to set up companies and partnerships, and assists businesses with commercial contracts and employment.
Meanwhile, individuals appreciate our help with estate and tax planning, family trusts, the structuring of acquisitions and land holdings, and employment contracts or employment issues.
Whatever their position, we take time to understand your specific aims and concerns. We also get to know them as people: we provide a personal service with a single point of contact.
Our lawyers make complex processes simple, explain legal processes clearly, and provide expert advice that considers commercial realities carefully.
“She demonstrates a complete grasp of both the acquisition process and the mechanics of the acquisition of agricultural property.”
“Truly excellent in terms of efficiency and a determination to get her clients well looked after.”
Sally Firby is a force to be reckoned with in the property realm. She is commended as “very quick to react” and for giving “good, clear, pragmatic advice.”
Sally Firby has an excellent reputation for rural work, particularly farm business tenancies and sales and purchases.
Sally Firby is “personable, organised and works hard for her clients,” according to sources.
The ‘specialist’ and ‘excellent’ team at Cripps typically advises on the sale and purchase of estates worth up to £6m.
“They provide really expert service at a fair rate. Cripps are the real stars for private client and agricultural business work.”
“There was nothing that Cripps could have improved upon in their handling of this transaction. It was all dealt with thoroughly, professionally and with total efficiency.”
Sally Firby is singled out with praise for her deal-making skills - “When you need a transaction to close, she’ll make it happen”.
Sally Firby is "absolutely great, a pleasure to deal with – very approachable and offers pragmatic solutions”.
“I am happy that Cripps can deal with the whole range of agricultural issues. They have in-depth knowledge. The solicitors are fast to react, proactive in finding solutions and give clear advice.”
'‘very good for CGT and trust advice’
Sally is "highly regarded"