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Business, taken personally.

Agriculture.

Supporting you to continue to grow.

Farmers and landowners face many challenges in an ever evolving industry.

We provide a comprehensive advisory service to assist farmers, landowners, estates and rural businesses achieve their objectives, protect existing interests and maximise opportunity.

Whilst others appear to have taken some time to realise the important role British agriculture plays in the  British economy here, at Endeavour, we fully understand “why farming matters”.

The coming years are sure to bring huge uncertainties in every sector but no more so than in agriculture and other land-based rural businesses.  There has never been and perhaps never will be a greater need for rural businesses to take specialist legal and commercial advice tailored to suit your needs, the delivery of which comes naturally to the lawyers at Endeavour.

In addition to providing core business advice, here at Endeavour we advise on a  wide range of legal and practise areas,  anyone, more, or even all of which an agri-business is likely to encounter either as part of its established business or with a view to maximising the opportunities available through diversification.

We recognise the need to work as a team and work closely your accountants, agents, surveyors, valuers and other advisors in order to bring about the best result for you. Being based in the Tees Valley we are centrally located in the North East of England and find that site visits can prove useful to both parties to gain greater insight and maximise advice.

The Agricultural team at Endeavour don’t only practice agricultural law but when away from the office are often found wearing their overalls and boots on their own farms and smallholdings.  So when not advising a farm business they really are working in a farm business.

Services within this sector

Agricultural Tenancies

Whether it’s an existing farming tenancy granted under the Agricultural Holdings Act or the later Agricultural Tenancies Act we can advise on the practical implications and application of the obligations and rights arising under any tenancy agreement. Endeavour have a proven history of acting for both Land owners and farming tenants alike.

Banking and Finance

We can advise you in relation to new finance opportunities or in relation to refinancing existing debt. We advise regularly on the taking and enforcement of security over agricultural assets and advice on investments into land based businesses.

Business Structures and Reorganisations

We can advise you on the appropriate structure to put in place for your business. Working in conjunction with your accountants and other advisors we can lead you through the different options available to you and tailor the structure appropriately to suit the needs of your business, assets and family needs.

Commercial Contracts

Farm diversification has led to many farmers entering new territory. We can advise on all aspects of commercial contracts ranging from specialist partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, collaboration agreements, renewable energy schemes, specialist licences and marketing, distribution and supply agreements.

Dispute Resolution

Dealing with all types of disputes that agriculture and farming businesses are likely to face and frequently do including simple debt enforcement, disputes relating faulty goods and services, animal health disputes which lead to loss of production or herd depletion, disputes relating to the ownership or occupation of land, ownership of business assets including complex corporate shareholder disputes and business/family partnership breakdowns.

Energy/Renewals

Land owners are increasingly seeking alternative income streams, one such being the renewable energy sector with a view to maximising the return on existing land investments. Endeavour have been involved in all aspects of renewal energy including large scale onshore wind turbines, solar power farms, hydroelectric systems and biomass installation. We have also advised in relation to the investment into and financing of such schemes

Equine

We have advised in relation to the sale and purchase of equestrian properties, the sale and purchase of horses, grazing agreements, livery agreements, loan agreements, disputes concerning ownership of horses and general employment issues specific to the equine industry.

Employment

Endeavour provide a full service employment law offering including telephone advice helpline, reviewing and updating standard employment contracts, policies and procedures, grievance and disciplinary issues, providing representation at employment tribunals and appeal hearings and advice relating to immigration and the relevance of employment law.

Farming Partnerships

Traditionally, this has been the business structure of choice for many farming enterprises. We are mindful that a farming partnership often involves complex family arrangements and careful thought must go into how a partnership is structured, remaining conscious of what the family want to achieve. We can offer advice in relation to all aspect of partnership law including formation, retirement and admission of partners and dissolution.

Intellectual Property

Branding and protection of IP of importance to some specialist producers. Endeavour can advise on the procedure for registering and protecting your brands and your business ideas.

Land

Advising upon negotiating and drafting contracts and transfers for the sale, purchase or leasing of agricultural land ranging from a couple of acres of smallholding up to thousands of acres of upland moorland. The commercial property department are experts in advising on rights of way easements, wayleaves, restrictive covenants and other valuable land interests.

Planning and Development

Providing a full range of specialist advice from the planning, through to construction and ultimate disposal of development sites within rural settings thus maximising the opportunities available through the frequent changes in planning legislation.

Regulatory Advice

We understand the importance of keeping up to date with the rapidly changing regulatory environment in which agri-businesses operate. We can provide specialist advice tailored for your business needs.

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