Jonathan Carroll

Changes to the laws on Agricultural Holdings

May 27th 2021
 

Changes to the laws on Agricultural Holdings come into force on 21 June 2021, allowing tenants to demand changes to their tenancy or consent from their landlord, where the landlord will not agree. Jonathan Carroll Director and Head of Agriculture provides an update. The snappily titled “Agricultural Holdings (Requests for Landlord’s Consent or Variation of Terms and the Suitability Test) (England) Regulations 2021” allow a tenant of an agricultural holding governed…

Law firm doubles house transactions as research says UK market on course to be busiest since 2007

May 26th 2021
 

A LEADING legal firm has doubled its number of house sale transactions over the past year, in line with a national trend in the property market.As research released today predicted that this year’s housing market is on course to be the busiest since 2007, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors said its property department had seen a huge jump in transactions since last April. According to the property website Zoopla around 1.52 million…

Stamp duty holiday extension welcome news for home-buyers …

March 3rd 2021
 

THE EXTENSION to the stamp duty holiday announced in the Budget today will come as a relief for home-buyers, says a solicitor at a leading legal firm. Jonathan Carroll who is a Director at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, said the extension of the March 31st deadline for three months would allow transactions currently underway to take place without the worry of paying the additional tax. The Treasury announced last July that…

The third edition of our Agricultural Newsletter is now live

November 16th 2020
 

“Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. It’s been an odd year! Despite it all, our property and agricultural teams are busier than ever and we welcome our newly-qualified Emma Blamire to the team of solicitors. Tim Cartmell gave me some advice at that stage of my career – “keep learning until you die,” which was both characteristic and spot on. The icing to the cake is that both…

Firm’s commitment to agricultural sector rewarded with highest accolade

October 28th 2020
 

A LEADING legal firm has been recognised for its commitment to the local farming community. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland, has been ranked among the best in the country for its expertise and knowledge of the agricultural sector. Its Agriculture and Estates department was placed in the top tier of legal firms nationally for the first time by the Chambers UK Guide, which ranks lawyers and…

Leading legal firm trio receive prestigious accolade

October 2nd 2020
 

A TRIO of expert lawyers from a leading law firm which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland have been highlighted for praise in UK professional rankings. Three members of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ Agriculture and Estates team have received the accolade from the Legal 500 which analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world. Cartmell Shepherd’s director and head of agriculture Jonathan Carroll and director Mark Jackson have both been highlighted…

Tribunal modifies covenant to allow landowner to build house

September 21st 2020
 

A landowner has succeeded in getting a restrictive covenant modified to enable him to build a second house on a small plot. By Jonathan Carroll Director and Head of Agriculture Mr Neil Sheppard owned a detached house on a 1980s housing estate. He bought the property in 2010, subject to restrictions on the title imposed by a conveyance in 1985, made between the developer and the original buyer. The restrictions…

“Here I come, ready or not” – tenant loses fight to block landlord’s access for surveys

July 13th 2020
 

Farm landlords seeking planning permission for development will be raising a small glass to the Court of Appeal after the decision in Rees v Windsor-Clive, Earl of Plymouth according to Jonathan Carroll Head of Agriculture and Property. Agricultural Holdings Act tenants have frequently tried to block landlords from getting planning permission or from being able to implement any they obtain.  Case B of Schedule 3 to the 1986 Act allows…

Partnership Agreements – why bother?

May 22nd 2020
 

Jonathan Carroll Director & Head of Property talks about the importance of Partnership Agreements. So your accountant and your bank keep telling you that you ought to get a written partnership agreement.  Just money for lawyers, right?  Well, some, but the potential costs to you are huge if you don’t.  The law governing unwritten partnerships is from 1890, and pretty harsh: Any partner can terminate the business, practically overnight, and…

How have you adapted to working from home during lockdown?

May 7th 2020
 

Jonathan Carroll Director & Head of Property talks about how he has adapted during lockdown. Where are you working from now? Home, like most office workers, in my little office by the front door.  I’ve got a decent desk and chair, and there’s not too bad a view over the fields, really, with the lapwings flopping about.  Being able to walk out onto the garden in the sunshine is a…

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