Rural Professional Services

Lambert & Foster have been actively involved with the agricultural community in Kent and Sussex for over 100 years, advising farming and rural business clients on a wide range of issues. Our rural professional services range from daily management to periodic consultancy with many of our clients having been with Lambert & Foster for several generations. As RICS Registered Valuers alongside five members of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, we ensure the highest standards in quality of advice. Within our rural professional team we can offer the following services:


Property and Estate Management

We specialise in the management of rural or agricultural estates, which includes the management of residential, agricultural and commercial property. This can include providing strategic estate planning or carrying out rent collection and book keeping for landlords.

We can also assist with providing information on rural or agricultural property and estate management issues. This can include advice on property inheritance issues, leisure and tourism opportunities for estates or the current codes of practice and legislation for property and estate management.


Landlord and Tenant

We can assist farmers or agricultural professionals with Farm Business Tenancies, Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies, contract farming agreements and share farming agreements. We can also produce landlord licences, tenancies at will or other rental agreements for farmers and advise on rent reviews. Should any disputes arise during a tenancy, we will also work with the landlord and tenant to resolve these.


Compulsory Purchase and Compensation 

We can assist with the compulsory purchase of land for the building utilities which include water and oil pipelines, gas mains and electricity lines. We can also advise on the compulsory purchase and compensation to farms, homes and business for infrastructure investment or highway and transport improvement.


Telecommunications and Renewables

In the field of telecommunications and renewables, we can assist with the purchase, lease renewals, upgrades, network consolidation or development and relocation of telecommunications and renewables sites. We can also assist with rent reviews for telecommunications and renewables sites which are at arbitration.


Valuations

We are experienced RICS Registered Valuers and offer valuation advice to both private clients and commercial businesses for a wide range of purposes.  This includes valuations for unsecured lending, rent reviews and tax planning and annual stocktaking valuations. We are often called upon to provide valuations for legal matters too such as general litigation, family and matrimonial disputes, Expert Witness reports and landlord and tenant issues.


Grants and Subsidies

We have significant experience in advising rural or agricultural businesses on the grants and subsidies which may be available to them. This includes applying and obtaining grants and subsidies for:

  • The Basic Payment Scheme
  • The Common Agricultural Policy
  • Environmental stewardship 
  • Forestry Commission schemes 
  • Rural development programme 
  • Rural diversification 

 


Rural Planning and Development

Our in-depth knowledge on rural matters compliments their ability to offer planning and development services for your rural business. For more information please see our separate Planning and Development section for more information.