Farms and agricultural land are often involved in inheritance disputes. Unfortunately the disputes are often complicated further by the emotional strain of a farm being run as family enterprise.

Sometimes generations of a family can be working on the same farm, and issues arise due to a lack of clear succession planning or formal discussions between family members working on the farm.

Fortunately our expert team has experience in dealing with disputes involving the inheritance of family farms. Here at Royds Withy King we pride ourselves on being able to resolve disputes efficiently, and with sensitivity.

Broken promises?

Many cases involve allegations of broken promises in relation to inheritance of the family farm, by a family member who may have spent many years working at the farm. Family members may claim that, as a result of the promise made, they continued to work at the farm, on an unfavorable basis, merely due to the expectation of inheriting the farm one day.

Our team has acted for individuals who feel they have unreasonably lost out on their inheritance, despite promises made to them and many years of hard work at the farm.

Protecting their wishes

We have also acted for many landowners and estates where there is a challenge to what has been set out in a will. We seek to protect the freedom of the landowner or their chosen beneficiaries, when claims have been made. For us this is all about respecting the wishes of  the owner of the land (whether deceased or not) and we can support you in relation to claims made, including in a defence of a will.

Doing what is best for the farm and the family’s future

Inheritance disputes can be difficult to resolve, particularly given that they may involve splitting up the family farm in order to reach an agreement.

Our team is conscious that most families wish the farm to continue and be passed down through the generations. We will therefore work hard with you to consider alternative solutions, such as settlement negotiations and mediation. We hope this enables constructive discussions, which help resolve the matter and limit legal costs.

Our credentials

The team are ranked in tier 1 by the independent legal directory The Legal 500 who comment that they combine a ‘proactive approach in seeking to resolve disputes’ with ‘a high level of expertise’.

Amanda Noyce (Band 4) is head of the inheritance and trusts disputes department in Bath. An interviewee describes her as “very approachable and understanding,” adding: “I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She is very thorough with her investigations and covers all angles.” Chambers, UK-wide

“Royds Withy King ‘achieves good results for its clients time and time again’. Amanda Noyce ‘is unflappable’ in Court of Protection applications involving mental capacity issues, as well as Inheritance Act, tax and professional negligence matters.” Legal 500, South West

Mike Muston is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500, who added that he “gives excellent and fair advice“. His team is also recommended by The Legal 500 as it “achieves good results for its clients time and time again.”

Calum Campbell has been recognised by Chambers and Partners UK as an Associate to Watch. According to an independent source “he is very thorough, commercially minded and pragmatic,”  while another commends him for being an “extraordinarily approachable, down-to-earth and engaging man.” 

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