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Irwin Mitchell strengthens rural business and estates

Irwin Mitchell strengthens rural business and estates


Sarah Richardson, a seasoned Senior Associate, joins Irwin Mitchell's Rural Business and Estates Team, enhancing national coverage

National law firm Irwin Mitchell welcomes Sarah Richardson as a Senior Associate in its Rural Business and Estates Team. Sarah brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as a Senior Associate at Michelmores’ Private Property and Landed Estates team. With a decade of legal expertise, Sarah has a comprehensive background in non-contentious agricultural and rural land and property matters.

Her advisory scope covers landowners, farmers, landed estates, individuals, companies, trusts, and farm businesses. Sarah specializes in transactional and management work, encompassing diverse areas such as the sale and purchase of land, farms, estates, and country houses, agricultural occupancies, first registrations, auction sale and purchases, transfers of ownership and/or equity, residential and commercial sale, purchase and tenancies, and documentation of rights over land and property.

Recent highlights of Sarah's work include the purchase of a country house with land and equestrian facilities, the sale of part of a large landed estate with complex tenancies, and the disposal of land in multiple parcels to different purchasers, involving intricate legal considerations.

Based in Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, Sarah holds a national remit, contributing to the firm's Rural Business and Estates Team led by partner James Pavey. The team serves landed estates, trustees, institutional landowners, and private homeowners, handling a range of matters from tax planning to development land, planning, environmental issues, and specialist litigation for rural landowners.

James Pavey, Head of Rural Business and Estates, expresses his delight at Sarah's appointment, emphasizing her significant experience in rural property across agricultural, residential, and commercial domains. Sarah's addition to the team strengthens national coverage, positioning Irwin Mitchell to effectively support landowners and rural business clients in navigating the challenges of the next decade.