‘Never was there a better time for sellers to be well prepared for a sale and for the parties to be represented by proactive and focused lawyers,’ says Withers’ department co-head Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall, who has experience as a landowner and a trustee. In the past year, ‘expertise in advising on stamp duty land tax planning has been in particularly high demand’, says the Newcastle University-educated specialist. Transactional behaviour continues to fluctuate, as ‘properties in the regions where people want to live are selling much more readily than investment land in pure farming regions’. Hoskyns-Abrahall has transacted ‘30,000 acres in the last year’ — an impressive achievement in a challenging environment.
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