‘A Practical Guide to Agricultural Law and Tenancies – Second Edition’ by Christopher McNall


Paperback: 978-1-914608-76-6
Published: October 2022
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This book is an introduction for the non-specialist practitioner. It aims to guide the reader round some of the main landmarks of the law of agricultural tenancies in England and Wales. Its approach is practical and not academic. Along the way it points out some of the biggest pitfalls to avoid. Hopefully, it will give the reader enough knowledge to be able to identify an agricultural law problem when they see one, and, having done so, to know that the problem may have to be dealt with using special tools, rather than by mixing and matching knowledge from other forms of commercial land-holding (such as business tenancies under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954).

As well as updating the text of the first (2019) edition to take account of legislative changes, the second edition includes some entirely new material on ‘Special Case’ Notices to Quit, dispute resolution (including arbitration and third party determination), and discussion of some recent cases.


Dr Christopher McNall is a barrister, mediator and arbitrator at 18 St John Street Chambers, Manchester. He specialises in disputes about farms (and especially tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986) and farming, taxation (especially of agricultural land and buildings), proprietary estoppel, and Inheritance Act claims. He has advised and appeared in many leading agricultural and tax cases in courts, tribunals and arbitrations. He holds a variety of fee-paid judicial offices, including Chairperson (Principal Judge) of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales / Tribiwnlys Tir Amaethyddol Cymru. He is also a member of the Arbitrator, Mediator, and Expert panels of the Agricultural Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service and a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. He was Consultant Editor of the ‘Agricultural Holdings and Allotments’ section of the latest edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England and writes the ‘View from the Bar’ column for the Agricultural and Rural Affairs section of Practical Law.


Chapter One – Introduction
Chapter Two – The Two Types of Agricultural Tenancies
Chapter Three – Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
Chapter Four – Succession to a 1986 Act Tenancy
Chapter Five – Dispute Resolution
Appendix A – Suggested Further Reading
Appendix B – Useful Addresses and Contact Details