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Landed Estates and Agriculture

We understand that running a rural estate or farm is more than just business to our clients; it’s a way of life. Our expert advisors will work with you to understand your needs and ambitions so that we can offer the most appropriate and best solutions for you.

Our dedicated and experienced team have worked with farmers, estate owners and owners of historic houses open to the public for many years and have a comprehensive knowledge of the issues that affect them.

Key issues facing the sector
  • Ever changing regulation and tax regimes
  • Structuring the business and ownership of land
  • Planning for the next generation – succession and minimising inheritance tax
  • Market conditions including the buying power of supermarkets and rising land prices
  • Planning for land with development potential or likely to be subject to a compulsory purchase

How we can help you

Smith Cooper has been advising the owners of rural businesses in the region for over 25 years.  Our experienced specialists aim to help you grow and nurture your business with confidence and are there for support every step of the way.

We can offer the traditional range of accountancy services and tailored advice to include:

  • Specialist tax advice on VAT, capital taxes and heritage matters
  • Assistance with trust accounts and tax planning
  • Estate succession planning
  • Assistance with financing solutions
  • HR services and IT systems
  • International advice 

Key changes and useful tips

There are some important changes to note from the Summer Budget 2015. Read our summaries below:

Read our summary of the changes for Rural businesses here

Read our Landlords and Residential Property Owners summary here

Read our recent article about keeping holiday lets in the farming business in order to claim property relief here

Read our top tips on avoiding family disputes particularly in the farming business here

Read our update on inheritance tax and trusts Summer 2015 here


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Our experts

  • Name Bruce Montgomery, Ashbourne Partner
  • Name Catherine Desmond, Derbyshire Partner