Tees advises on the purchase of over 230 acres of land and an industrial site

Looking back over the last 12 months; Tees are thrilled to have advised longstanding clients, R S Coleman and Schwier Farms Limited, on their joint purchase of over 230 acres of arable land and a muti-let industrial site in Essex in December 2022.

Simon Dixon Smith of Land Partners acted for the purchasers from an agency perspective and Paul Walker of Whirledge & Nott was the sellers' agent. 

Paul Walker stated: 

This sale was one of the largest areas of land offered to the market in the Rodings area for some time. Strong local interest was expected, especially from neighbours many of whom are well known by the vendors and themselves valued clients of W&N. Confidentiality and an understanding the parties’ objectives and sensitivities is always paramount but even more so in this case, given the personal connections. The strong professional relationship between the respective agents and solicitors greatly helped in navigating the complexities of this transaction to keep all parties aligned through to completion.”

From the legal side; Partner, Daniel Fairs of Tees’ Rural and Commercial Property team, took the lead in advising both purchasers on all aspects of the transaction. A third party was also involved in this and purchased a third parcel, and they were represented by Ashtons LegalBirketts LLP acted for the seller. 

A number of complications arose during the transaction; including unregistered land, overage in favour of the Seller, bank funding, and the separate parcels of land needed rights over each other. Further elements to this transaction, related to a Farm Business Tenancy and a Pre-emption Agreement with all elements needing to be completed at the same time as the purchase.

Daniel was able to navigate all the complications and issues and advise the clients through the purchase, resulting in an excellent outcome for all involved. 

Daniel Fairs commented: 

“The Coleman and Schwier families have been clients of Tees for a number of years, and I have worked closely with the clients for the last 4 years to understand their farming business. I was delighted to have advised the clients in connection with this complex purchase and worked closely with all the professionals to get this deal across the line. I hope to continue supporting the clients with expanding their business from both a farming and diversification point of view in the future.

Coleman and Schwier families commented: 

We can't speak highly enough of Daniel Fairs of Tees. We have used him for a variety of different cases, and we have always been pleased with his work. Daniel takes the time to explain things in layman's terms, helping to clarify any and all points that can be lost in the translation of legal documents. We were also impressed with the solutions Daniel proposed to complicated situations that arose during the cases that he has taken for us. Daniel is an excellent solicitor, and we would thoroughly recommend him.”

(Images credit Whirledge & Nott)

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