In-depth Knowledge & Sector Expertise

Rural & Agricultural Matters

We are not the run of the mill law firm who simply acts for some clients who own land, a farm or are interested in countryside pursuits. At least four of the solicitors of this firm are countrymen at heart (and in two cases farmers) and this positions us well to understand the needs of those involved in farming, land management, countryside pursuits and the like.

Agricultural Disputes

We can help you regarding what we would term as rural disputes, from those arising from boundaries, disputes over services and rights to matters relating to animals be this a dog, sheep, horse or cow.

Agricultural Land

We are members of the Agricultural Law Association and we have many years experience in dealing with agricultural land matters, and agricultural tenancies (both Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and Farm Business Tenancies).

We understand that buying farm land is to you no different to buying other commercial premises, they are both work places and appropriate enquiries and consideration needs to be given to ensure that what you buy can work for you.

We can advise regarding Option Agreements, Pre-Emption Agreements and Overage (clawback) Agreements relating to the sale of land for development, we have considerable experience in assisting our clients in these matters to ensure that they obtain the best possible value from their land.

Common Rights & Sporting Rights

This is a very niche area but we have significant experience in dealing with rights arising out of common land and rights over common land for example grazing rights, shooting, fishing etc. We understand about buying and selling common rights and shooting and fishing (profits a prendre).

Farming Families

We can quite properly say that we have acted for three or more generations of several farming families ensuring that structures are in place to allow succession of tenancies and businesses from one generation to the next. We can facilitate the transition required from getting to know the individuals involved. We are not distant lawyers sitting in some ivory tower, we get our wellies on and can come to your farm and will listen to what you want over a cup of tea and work out how to take things forward for you in the best way possible.

Rights of Way Easements

Owning or being involved in land comes with rights and responsibilities. Sometimes these have already been imposed and rights of way and other easements and wayleaves exist. We can advise upon these to make sure that you know where you stand and what can be done, to either avoid problems or to deal with problems in a sensible way.

We can also assist in putting in place rights of way, easements for services etc to make sure that what you require and what you obtain or give properly reflects your wishes.

Wind Farms & Green Energy

Land owners need to ensure that if they are contemplating allowing an electricity company or other party to erect to wind turbines or solar panels that they have proper advice to ensure that documentation reflects what they agree and they receive the full benefits available. We have valuable experience in dealing with wind farms and solar farms to provide clear straight forward assistance to our clients.

“McGarry & Co have been our solicitors through numerous house sales and purchases, the drawing up of Wills and acquiring two business. In every event they have been efficient, professional and thorough. I would highly recommend them.”

Craig & Clare Dalton, Kendal Read Testimonials

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Market Place
Hawes, North Yorkshire

Barnard Castle

21 Galgate, Barnard Castle
Co. Durham DL12 8EQ


54 Main Street
Sedbergh, Cumbria
LA10 5AB


7 Railway Street
Leyburn, North Yorkshire


6 Station Road
Skipton North Yorkshire
BD23 5NQ


53 Coniscliffe Road,
Co. Durham