Hassall Law began to provide our clients with a traditional legal service where each client would know who they are dealing with throughout their time with us. A service as good as will be found in London or better in the legal subjects in which we operate. We aim that our standards should be significantly high and we are proud to be a Lexcel approved practice.
Our directors have worked together for years and share the same dream of legal excellence and client care. Many of our clients have followed us for generations. We are based in South Devon where we all know our area well, as well as the law in which we operate.
News and Developments
For decades the Revenue’s approach when using land on which to keep horses has been that it is not agriculture, nor in many cases would it be regarded as a business for which business property relief on death would be allowed. Rather it is the nature of an operation which would fall under Section 105 (3) of the IHTA “land or buildings or making or holding investments”.read more
Many rural land owners were encouraged by the Government and/or their Bank to supplement their farming income through:
(a) developing that old and possibly redundant barn for holiday or longer lets and/or
(b) having to learn to manage without the farm labourer. Let out the old labourers cottage for similar purposes. Neither, of course, fall obviously within the definition of “farming” for the purposes of agricultural property relief (APR) available on death
Whether these properties do or do not it has to be remembered that taxable relief is on value for agriculture not what that property might be worth on the open market.read more
With mounting pressure of local planning authorities to get development moving in their area and release land, new development opportunities are being created in what is called “Garden Grabbing”. The phrase has been coined to the practice of properties with large back...read more
The British legal trust has by some been regarded as one of the finest ideas of the British legal mind. Although others living with some trusts may well take a different view but where our legal system went during Empire so did the trust.read more
Preparing a written Partnership Agreement which defines the parties, the partnership intention and the assets to be used, can be so helpful to record the agreement and should be an essential part of any rural business planning.read more