The rural industry is in an era of monumental change, bringing with it both challenges and opportunities that will affect the way rural property can be structured and managed.

It has never been more important to take a step back and look at your estate, farm or landholding. Appointing an independent expert to prepare a review is likely to be a very informative and rewarding experience.

What is a strategy review? 

A strategic review will include a comprehensive evaluation of an estate, farm or landholding.  

It will enable agricultural, residential, commercial and diversified assets to be optimised and to evolve, taking advantage of new opportunities and to provide resilience. 

As part of the Carter Jonas strategic review process, our first step is to work very closely with our client to obtain a thorough understanding of the current assets and their aspirations.

The different types of strategic review 

Reviews can take various forms, ranging from an audit of let property compliance, a benchmarking review which will compare the financial performance of your assets, all the way up to a comprehensive estate strategy review. Crucially, it can tailored to whatever you require.

Why choose Carter Jonas for your strategic review? 

Our experienced team act as trustees, managing agents and consultants to a wide array of estates, farms and land holdings across the United Kingdom. We advise a number of the country’s high profile landed estates and historic houses, and also commercial farming and forestry enterprises. 

Building on this experience, each of our rural agents draws on the specialisms from across our rural division and, where necessary, will also engage experts from our commercial, residential, planning, development, infrastructure, and energy teams. 

We can review and advise on the following: 

  • Financial performance, profitability and cost control with assistance from Carter Jonas’ Rural Estate Benchmarking and Model Estate performance models
  • Compliance and regulatory matters
  • Land occupation arrangements including landlord and tenant matters, AHA tenancies, FBTs, licences, contract and in-hand farming models
  • BPS, stewardship, transition and other grant funding opportunities
  • Natural capital, biodiversity, carbon offset, environmental and sustainability action plans
  • Forestry management, woodland planting, grant funding and carbon code eligibility
  • Diversification
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Finance and funding
  • Farming enterprises and business structures
  • Planning and development
  • Country House Solutions including household management
  • Building and condition surveys
  • Energy including solar, wind, battery storage and anaerobic digestion
  • Minerals and waste management
  • Valuation
  • Succession planning and supporting generational change
  • Tax planning  

With offices across England and Wales, Carter Jonas is able to provide specialist advice to ensure that you can take informed decisions about the structure of your assets and benefit from future opportunities.  

Get in touch
Sam Johnson
Associate Partner, Rural
01423 707801 Email me About Sam
Andrew Chandler
Partner, Rural
01962 833 386 Email me About Andrew
Mark Charter
Partner, Rural
01865 404406 Email me About Mark
David Hebditch
Partner, Rural
01823 428591 Email me About David
Sam is an Associate Partner, based in Harrogate and is responsible for the land and farm sales throughout the north of England. He also undertakes rural professional work including Valuations of all types of rural property and assets for a variety of purposes including secured lending, strategic planning and taxation and is also involved with landlord and tenant work. Away from the office, Sam is keen on all sports, in particular Rugby and skiing and is passionate about field sports and rural affairs.
Andrew is a Partner and head of Rural Agency for Carter Jonas leading the team responsible for delivering Farm and Rural Agency across the country. Based in the South East and London, Andrew advises on the disposal and acquisition of rural assets including country houses, equestrian property, farms, estates and bare land.
Mark is a Partner and a member of the firm's Rural Division. He is Head of Estate Management and has experience of advising private and institutional clients on all aspects of estate management, strategic advice, valuation and professional consultancy matters across the rural sectors. Mark's extensive experience in advising clients in the aforementioned areas allows him to act as an expert witness in valuation and other estate or property matters. Oxford. Mark can provide advice on: Strategic reviews for estates farms and landholdings, Valuations, Property Management, Sales and Acquisitions and Rural Land and Business Management.

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