Ellen advises landed estates, institutional lenders, companies, charities, trusts and individuals in relation to all aspects of rural property law, including:

  • Sales, acquisitions and lettings of commercial grouse moors
  • Sales and acquisitions of farms, agricultural land, residential property and development sites
  • Financing and refinancing of agricultural property
  • Easements, profits à prendre and rights of common
  • Agricultural tenancy matters
  • First registrations of land and sporting rights

Ellen has a particular interest in the acquisition/disposal of sporting estates, but her practice also includes non-transactional work, with a focus on Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and disputes.


Examples of experience include advising:

  • In relation to the acquisition of a rural estate in Northern England comprising sporting, agricultural and residential assets for £18 million
  • In relation to the sale of a rural estate in the North East involving commercial, sporting and residential aspects at a price of c £5 million
  • In relation to the acquisition of an estate in North Yorkshire, involving commercial and residential elements and complex third party grazing arrangements for c £4.85 million
  • In relation to the letting of a renowned commercial grouse moor in the North of England
  • In the settlement of a decade-long family dispute in relation to an Agricultural Holdings Act application for succession on the death of the former tenant.