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Rural land

Longmores provide comprehensive legal support for rural landowners

Owners of rural land typically seek to preserve its real value over generations, whilst maximising its current productivity and income generating potential.

These two outcomes are inextricably linked.  To achieve them requires a deep understanding of the complex legal and practical issues involved.  That must be combined with a robust approach to resolving problems in order to gain agreement between parties whose interests may differ. 

Longmores has been doing this for some two centuries, often working across generations in the same family and with trustees.  We are used to collaborating closely with other advisers such as agents to produce the best outcomes possible for clients, be they owners or buyers of rural estates or farmers.

No two cases are alike.  We take time to get to know our clients and understand the issues that matter most to them, as well as the results that define their success over the long term.  Through our involvement with bodies such as the CLA (Country Land and Business Association), where our Head of Rural is a committee member, we have gained a deep understanding of issues affecting rural land ownership and land management. 

As a result of our own expertise and our close collaboration with experts in other fields (such as surveyors and planners) we are able to help clients to see and exploit opportunities that might otherwise have eluded them. 

For example, we have experience in handling issues such as promotion agreements and unregistered land (whether first registrations, purchase or sale), which are by no means common nowadays.

Our approach is robust, practical and no-nonsense. 

Areas in which we work with clients include:

  • Farm sales and purchases 
  • Overage clauses
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Letting redundant buildings
  • Farming contract disputes 
  • Farming partnerships and disputes 
  • Removing squatters 
  • Employment issues 
  • Tax planning and trusts
  • Rural promotion agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Wills and inheritance tax planning for family estates.


Meet the head of Rural – Victoria Sandberg

Victoria trained as a solicitor with a large firm in Hampshire and qualified as a solicitor in 1999, when she started working as a Commercial Property lawyer in the City. She joined Longmores in 2013, where she regularly deals with the sale and purchase of commercial properties and business leases, with a particular focus on rural land. Her clients include landowners, estates, farmer businesses, investors, owner-occupiers and high net-worth individuals. Victoria is also a committee member of the Hertfordshire and Middlesex branch of the CLA.

What does she like about working for Longmores?

“Working on rural land matters means every deal is different. I really enjoy working with rural agents, which helps transactions proceed more easily and swiftly. Because I work with many of our clients on a regular basis, I get to know them and understand their particular requirements.”


Examples of our work:

Enabling a client to retain maximum control over planning strategy and other aspects important to him in the context of a development agreement without jeopardising success for the developer

Simplifying inheritance tax planning for the owners of a complex family farming business

Administering a rural estate for an elderly landowner

Diversifying income from land assets by leasing land for the installation of renewable energy storage batteries on farmland

Acting for a seller of farm land that had been in their family for several generations and was unregistered

Acting for landed estates in relation to regular estate management work, including leases and sales of part

Buying farm land, including the transfer of entitlements.

Victoria Sandberg

Partner specialising in Commercial Property and Head of Rural

Rachael Spalton

Partner and Head of Commercial Property

Richard Gvero

Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Employment

Kerrie Hall

Senior Family Solicitor

Richard Horwood

Partner and Head of Private Client

Alastair Liddiard

Senior Solicitor specialising in Wills, Trusts, Probate and Powers of Attorney

Chris Pease

Joint Senior Partner, Head of the Private Team and Head of Residential Property

Victoria’s professionalism and patience have contributed hugely to the successful completion of this sale.
  • Chairman of Trustees, charitable trust
  • About: Victoria Sandberg
Thank you Victoria for your attention and efficiency in dealing with this sale for us. It has been a great help to us always getting swift responses to our queries and emails
  • Landowners, Hertfordshire
  • About: Victoria Sandberg