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Got a tricky question about your farm business? Get advice from our team of experts from Duncan & Toplis and Thrings. From a wide range of topics from finance to planning permission to tax queries, to staff issues, we cover it all in our Business Clinic.

If we haven’t tackled a question you have yet in our articles below, then send us your query in no more that 350 words to:

Business Clinic, Farmers Weekly, RBI, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Alternatively email your question to fwbusinessclinic@rbi.co.uk.

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How can start date of tenancy be proved?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay, of Thrings offers advice on what can be done to ascertain when…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How would solar lease affect IHT reliefs?

Can grazing sheep under solar panels protect entitlement to inheritance tax reliefs? Clare Hulme of accountant Duncan & Toplis outlines what must be considered in such circumstances. Q. We have…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: When is SDLT due on new business structure?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Peter Griffiths, tax director at Hazlewoods advises on some of the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I convert to organic production?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Tom Cackett, food and farming consultant at Savills, advises on future subsidy rates. Q I…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Hedges and ditches – who owns what?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Honor Gilbert, associate at Thrings, offers advice on boundaries. Q Please can you clarify something…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: VAT implications of diversification plans

There’s a lot to get right when you’re starting a diversification. Lisa Oliver, associate director with accountant Hazlewoods, runs through some essential business structure considerations and outlines common VAT issues…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Advice on capital taxes when diversifying

There is great scope for diversification on many farms. Nicholas Smith of accountant Duncan & Toplis outlines the importance of taking a long-term look at the tax implications of plans…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: Legal issues for diversified businesses

Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts give regular advice on a wide range of issues. Here we take a more in-depth look at diversification and some of the many legal, management…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: How to assess a diversification opportunity

There are two common misconceptions relating to diversification. The first is that “it worked for my neighbours, so it must work for me” and second, that having a diversified enterprise…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How to charge VAT correctly on cropping

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Mary Maclachlan, VAT specialist with Duncan & Toplis, explains the different…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Neighbour's slurry drains on to my land

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Fred Quartermain, solicitor at Thrings, offers advice on how to tackle…

BPS

Business Clinic: What we know already about 2019 BPS rates

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Ashley Lilley, director of food and farming at Savills, advises on future…

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