The Benefits of a Site Visit

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Rural and Agricultural Property Partner, Jonathan Midgley, discussed the benefits of a site visit.

Most lawyers are chained to their desk and rely on reviewing the paperwork only, but I have often found when buying or selling rural property, farmland or farms the benefit of leaving the office, putting a pair of boots on and walking the land beneficial.  This clarifies a number of practical things, avoids asking unnecessary questions and also highlights certain issues for consideration.

A recent illustration of this was the sale of land where the purchasers were concerned over a Tree Preservation Order revealed in their Local Search but a physical inspection of the estate would have shown that the Tree Preservation Order applied to a small block of woodland outside the title that was being sold.

Another example was a recent visit to a farm when acting for purchasers to discover a well trodden path along the banks of a stream which was not a public footpath but clearly showed local people were using an area of land.

It pays therefore to be out and about in the rural brief.

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