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Rural Business

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Rural Business

Rix & Kay is based in the heart of the beautiful South East – and for decades we have been advising farmers and a wide range of other rural business owners. We provide access to knowledge and experience, as well as a detailed understanding of rural economic, legal and agricultural issues.

Many rural businesses stay within a family for generations and rural communities have different priorities and interests to city dwellers. We can act on behalf of an individual farmer or a community group, maybe in the interests of preserving a way of life.

Legal services for rural businesses

Our legal services for rural businesses include:

  • Strategic business planning, including succession
  • Shareholder, partnership and LLP agreements
  • Joint ventures including cooperatives
  • Business start ups, mergers acquisitions and restructuring
  • Business diversification
  • Building and land conversion, including planning law
  • Supply agreements and terms of business
  • Employment law
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental law
  • Countryside rights of way (including coastal access issues)
  • Rural property law, including common land and rights
  • Development land agreements
  • Utility wayleaves and telecommunications
  • Agricultural tenancies and licences
  • Family trusts, wills, estate administration and wealth preservation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Family break ups
  • Taxation


We can advise on all legal aspects of estate management diversification through conversions, leisure and exploitation and on opportunities for land development centered on commercial and residential schemes.

We will help you to look at the most effective means by which your business can be enhanced and eventually passed on to your chosen successors. That could be by sale, gifting, establishing trusts, or by the use of your will, optimising the inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning opportunities that successive governments have provided in the business and agricultural sectors.


“The rural business team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a long-standing tradition of assisting the farming and rural business communities in Sussex and Kent and beyond. The team members act for landowners and farmers on the acquisition and sale of agricultural land, deal with farm business agreements and partnerships and agricultural easements. The practice is headed by Richard Cripps in Sevenoaks and William Keating in Brighton.”
Legal 500 UK 2020

Your most convenient Rix & Kay office.

Ashford Office
Suite 4c, Third Floor,
International House, Dover Place
Ashford, Kent, TN23 1HU

Tel: 01233 225660
Fax: N/A

Brighton & Hove Office
7 The Drive
Brighton & Hove

Tel: 01273 329797
Fax: 01273 324082
DX: 59257 Hove

Seaford Office
26 Sutton Park Road
Seaford, East Sussex
BN25 1QU


Sevenoaks Office
16 South Park
TN13 1AN

Tel: 01732 440855
Fax: 01732 440854
DX: 30025 Sevenoaks

Uckfield Office
The Courtyard
River Way
Uckfield, East Sussex
TN22 1SL

Tel: 01825 761555
Fax: 01825 764172
DX: 133963 Uckfield 2

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