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Our rural resources are amongst the UK's finest assets, but while our natural landscape spans millennia, a constant reminder of our history and heritage, the management of it is fast-paced and ever-shifting.

So when you see change on the horizon or a commercial opportunity to develop, you want legal experts at your fingertips who understand your world. We’re here to help.

From tenancy and partnership agreements to land sales, diversification projects and property projects, we’re on your side. We work with clients including individuals, small to large family businesses, owner-occupier farms, tenants and estates. And we’ll get to know you and your enterprise through our hands-on approach, visiting your premises and seeing your business in action.

With legal expertise in rural affairs spanning decades and a network of connections including banking specialists, land agents and rural resource professionals, we bring together bespoke, multi-disciplinary teams tailored to your specific needs.

We work with clients including individuals, small to large family businesses, owner-occupier farms, tenants and estates and offer particular expertise in rural property, mines and minerals.

Our services
  • Farm and estate sales and purchases
  • Country house sales and purchases
  • Mines, minerals and waste
  • Farming and agricultural business companies and partnerships formation
  • Estate management
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Argicultural tenancies including landlord and tenant issues
  • Secured lending
  • Farm business tenancy and contract farming agreements
  • Option and promotion agreements in respect of land with development potential

Contact a specialist

Stefan Bainbridge

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3528

+44 (0) 771 100 7544

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Andrew Facer

Partner, Head of Private Client | Wills and Trusts

+44 (0) 330 137 3346

+44 (0) 779 369 6284

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Alex Cox

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3530

+44 (0)787 219 0881

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What people say

  • I have known Andrew Evans for many years, and he has a very personal approach with clients, which is well received. This, together with his knowledge and experience, means more often then not, the clients have received very good advice and service.

    Legal 500
  • I work extensively with Andrew Evans who is a great sounding board for wills, trusts and other family wealth issues; he is very thorough. He quickly builds a good rapport with clients, who are often going through a difficult time; he’s a very good listener too, just who you need at such difficult times. I recommend him highly and know he will always do a good job.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway are helpful and collaborative in many ways, from helping with drafting wills & trusts to the more complicated issues surrounding Inheritance Tax rules in the UK – nothing is too much trouble for them, irrespective of the size of the client; that’s something you don’t see in other regional firms.

    Legal 500
  • Andrew Evans is extremely easy to deal with and has a lovely way with clients.

    Legal 500
  • Extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They give full disclosure of costs and will go that extra mile to help clients.

    Legal 500
  • Andrew Evans has an excellent manner with his clients and can deal with clients of all types, both corporate and individuals.

    Legal 500
  • A large firm; however, you feel that you are still dealing with a local practice that is very client-orientated

    Legal 500
  • Andrew Facer in my opinion clearly one of the stand out lawyers in the North of England on tax and trust work.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • If you want the best legal advice on all planning and development related matters with the most attentive customer service, Ward Hadaway is the only law firm to contact, based on my 30 years of experience.

    Barry Spall, Northumberland Estates

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