National law firm Irwin Mitchell has appointed Charlotte West as an Associate in its Rural Business and Estates Team. Charlotte joins from Blake Morgan LLP where she was working as an Associate.
Charlotte has been working solely in agricultural and rural property for seven years, acting on all types of matters including: purchase and sales of farms, landed estates, rural commercial and residential properties and land plots; refinances -from small single property refinances to large scales refinances of landed estates, commercial and residential portfolios; transfers, farm business tenancies and overage agreements; residential and commercial leases and licences and providing bespoke agricultural advice in respect of Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies; Farm Business Tenancies; and tenancies and agricultural worker tenancies. She also has experience of large and small scale first registration exercises along with adverse possession applications and prescriptive easement rights.
In particular she has acted for several landed estates including an estate of over 10,000+ acres, advised on the sale of a commercial property portfolio worth over £20 million with leaseback, loan and SDLT group and leaseback relief and has carried out property due diligence on an estate for a lender on a facility of nearly £25 million.
She is a member of the Sussex Committee of the Country Land and Business Association; and also of the Agricultural Law Association.
Charlotte will be based in the firm's Gatwick office, but has a national remit.
Irwin Mitchell's Rural Business and Estates Team is headed by partner James Pavey and acts for landed estates, trustees and institutional landowners, and private homeowners.
James Pavey, Head of Rural Business & Estates said: "I am delighted that Charlotte has joined us to bolster our offering to farms and estates. She has significant experience of all aspects of rural property - agricultural, residential and commercial, as well as property finance. She is well-placed, as part of a growing team, to help our landowner and rural business clients meet the challenges of the next decade: the implications of COVID and, more particularly, of Brexit and climate change."