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rural ebulletin - April 2012

Welcome to the latest edition of our Agriculture and Rural group's quarterly ebulletin.

The articles in this latest issue, which have been written by a variety of solicitors at the firm, cover topics including Exception Sites in rural communities, an update on employment regarding unfair dismissal, material change of use issues in the context of pig farming, farmhouses and inheritance tax and an article that looks at situations where individuals can be liable to pay compensation to another person who is injured when riding their horse.

Please click on the links below to read the articles in full.

  • We review publication by the Government of regulations increasing the period of employment required before an employee is entitled to present a claim for unfair dismissal should his employment be terminated.
  • We highlight the circumstances in which you can be liable to pay compensation to another person who is injured when riding your horse.
  • We look at a recent enforcement appeal decision that offers an insight into key considerations in determining when ancillary activities become material, trigger a mixed use and render that mixed use unlawful.
  • We consider Agricultural Property Relief from Inheritance Tax and the implications of a recent Tax Tribunal decision in J N Hanson v HMRC.
  • We highlight Exception sites - sites that would not normally secure planning permission for market housing, for example, agricultural land next to but outside of the settlement area.


For further information please contact Mark Charter, head of Blake Lapthorn solicitors Agriculture and Rural group on or call 023 8085 7116.