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Adam Hale

Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA


I am a partner and head up the firm’s agriculture & estates and strategic land & development teams.

My varied client base includes rural businesses and private landowners, be they landed estates, trusts or investors.

I advise on a broad range of the issues affecting landowning clients, ranging from rural land management to transactional work, with a particular focus on the disposal of development land.

In addition to core agricultural areas such as the sale and purchase of farms and estates, FBTs and AHA tenancies, agri-environmental agreements, sporting and fishing rights, I also have considerable experience of advising landowners on option, promotion and hybrid agreements for development.

I enjoy working with clients in creating deals that allow farming businesses to continue until land is developed and working alongside private wealth teams to ensure efficient structuring for tax and succession purposes. I also advise on diversification projects, including renewable energy schemes for landowners.

I am a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA), a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the Country Landowners Association (CLA).

I am also recommended by national guide, The Legal 500.

T 01242 542906 E

Key skills

  • Property issues affecting rural land owners, including acquisition & disposal
  • Strategic land and development matters
  • Option and promotion agreements
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Sporting, riparian and fishing rights
  • Renewable energy and diversification schemes
  • Registration of land title
  • Claims for adverse possession
  • Tax, wills, and trusts
  • Succession planning & estate administration.

Experience highlights

  • I am a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA)
  • I am a member of the Country Landowners Association (CLA)
  • A full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), I am experienced in succession planning and estate administration.
  • Prior to joining Willans, I spent 12 years working at well-known regional law firms.
  • "Willans LLP's team is ‘knowledgeable and competent’, and acts for landowners and farming families, and those buying and selling country properties and estates in and around the South West."
    The Legal 500
  • "Adam Hale has dealt with complicated building plot sales and refinancing of commercial property."
    The Legal 500
  • The Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2021
  • The Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2022

Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA can help you with a range of services

Agriculture & rural affairs
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Land development
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Agricultural tenancies
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Partnerships & business structures
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Sales & purchases
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