TSP has long-standing and strong relationships with the rural community in Essex and surrounding counties. Headed up by Graham Wilson, the agriculture team is familiar with the specific issues and problems that the sector has and can advise on all matters that concern farmers and landowners.

From radio mast leasing to managing your commercial land and property, TSP have the knowledge and experience to offer sound, practical advice, together with a comprehensive understanding of local planning and property markets.

TSP are pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Ashworth as Head of the firm’s Wills and Estates team. She has extensive experience on how to comply with the often complex law and tax rules surrounding trusts, estates and inheritance. Fiona’s farming background has helped her to develop an agricultural client base. She is a past Trustee of the Essex Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and is also a council member of the Essex Agricultural Society. 

 Our friendly, flexible and approachable style, together with a real commitment to support you and your business, makes TSP your partner of choice.

Property and land

  •  Acquisition and disposal of estates, farms, properties and land

  • Agricultural tenancies and farm management agreements

  • Access to land, rights of way and wayleaves

  • Sporting rights, mineral rights

  • Radio and telecommunication infrastructure leasing

Business development

  • Diversification

  • Employment and health & safety

  • Environmental and planning issues

  • Tax planning and succession

Dispute resolution

  • Rights of way

  • Tenancies

  • Arbitration

  • Compensation

Please contact us for more details or to arrange an initial consultation.

Cap Reforms - The Changing Fieldscape

30 May 2014: Graham Wilson, Head of Agriculture at leading regional law firm Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP), discusses CAP Reform.

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Installing Solar Farms on Agricultural Land

18 March 2014: Graham Wilson, Head of Agriculture at leading regional law firm Thompson Smith and Puxon, discusses the installation of solar farms on agricultural land.

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TSP Development Projects Seminar

20 November 2013: Thompson Smith and Puxon’s (TSP) Agricultural and Commercial Property Teams, led by Graham Wilson and Stephen Firmin (pictured) hosted a seminar recently for colleagues from Clarke & Simpson, Stanfords, Whirledge & Nott and Robinson & Hall. The seminar was led by Peta Dollar, a solicitor and nationally known lecturer and writer.

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Cap Reforms

September 13 2013: Graham Wilson, Stephen Firmin and the Agricultural Team at Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) recently hosted a seminar on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other farming matters. Led by Geoff Whittaker, editor of Farm Law and nationally recognised expert, the seminar was gratefully received by colleagues from Robinson and Hall in Ipswich; Colchester based Stanfords and Whirledge and Nott, with all of whom the team share clients.

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Renting Out Farm Buildings

May 2013: Graham Wilson (right) and Stephen Firmin (pictured left) of Thompson Smith and Puxon Solicitors talk about some of the “do’s and dont’s” of renting out farm buildings.

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Selling Land for Development

5 March 2013:  Stephen Firmin and Graham Wilson of Thompson Smith and Puxon Solicitors talk about the increasing use of promotion agreements in connection with the sale of land for development

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Thompson Smith & Puxon Host Options and Overage Seminar

We at Thompson Smith & Puxon (TS&P) recently hosted a one-day seminar on “Overage“ Arrangements and Option Agreements with colleagues from local surveyors and land agents Robinson & Hall and Stanfords, as well as from  Jamesons accountants, in TS&P’s new building at  Stable 6, Stable Road, Colchester.  

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Environmental Stewardship Contracts and the Weather

Sept 12 2012: Glorious though the last two weeks have been, you do have to wonder whether this was the wettest summer ever: it certainly felt like it! Let alone the disruption to agriculture, as we all know the Suffolk Show was cancelled on its second day because of the weather, and the one-day Tendring Show was badly hit. At TS&P, lately we have had reason to look in some detail at Environmental Stewardship contracts in the light of recent weather conditions. 

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Wills and Farms: What to do?

May 25 2012: Our farming clients often come to us at Thompson Smith & Puxon Solicitors to make Wills and tell us one of their several children is heavily involved in the farming business, with their other children only playing a minor role, or living far away and having nothing to do with the farming business at all.  All the same, the parents want to be fair to all their children.

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Lively Debate on Complex Agricultural Issues

23 Feb 2012: The Agricultural Law Team of Thompson Smith & Puxon Solicitors hosted an intensive seminar chaired by Geoff Whittaker, Editor of the Agricultural Law Association Bulletin, and Consultant and Adviser on agricultural topics at Colchester on 22nd February.  The seminar was shared with local land agents and surveyors, the Ipswich branch of Robinson & Hall, and Stanfords of Colchester, who also run Colchester Livestock Market.

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Graham Wilson (FALA) - Consultant Solicitor

Graham Wilson is a member of the Property Team and oversees the residential conveyancing team.  He specialises in Commercial Property and has a particular interest in agricultural property.

He advises the firm's substantial portfolio of agricultural clientele in connection with property, as well as related taxation and commercial questions. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.

Graham also works as a Deputy District Judge and as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal dealing with residential property.

Tel: 01206 217017