Our Directors

Edward Briggs



07768 367542

Edward has worked in the rural property industry for 30 years. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, a Registered Valuer, An RICS Independent Expert, an RICS Accredited Expert Witness and a member of the RICS Dispute Resolution Services panel of Rural Arbitrators. He holds the Royal Agricultural Society of England Gold medal for Land Agency. He advises landowners and occupiers on a wide range of property issues including strategic restructuring, valuation, rural agency, compulsory purchase and landlord and tenant.


Edward often undertakes dispute resolution work and regularly provides valuation evidence and independent expert determinations. He has dealt with a number of complex rural estate valuations for a wide variety of purposes, including negotiations with HMRC tax purposes, as well as advising on the restructuring of rural businesses and property to ensure such reliefs are optimised.

Edward has successfully acted on behalf of both private and institutional clients in the sale and purchase of many farms and other properties over the last 20 years. He has overseen a number of significant and complex compulsory purchase schemes for landowners both at Public Inquiry and acquisition stage in recent years including; the A41 construction, M1, M40 and M25 improvements and the High Speed Rail Link. He is currently heavily involved in the current HS2 scheme, East West Rail, the Heathrow Expansion project and the CAMKOX Arc. He has a reputation for giving clear, concise and non-nonsense advice and provides a trusted advisor role for many of his long standing rural clients.

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Recent Projects & Experience

  • HS2

  • ​A number of contentious arbitration hearings.

  • Valuation evidence in the High Court in respect of a large rural estate in Southern England.

  • Giving evidence on valuation matters in Court, Lands Chamber and arbitration hearing.

  • Restructuring of a significant farming business in Hertfordshire

  • Representation at Public Inquiry for landowners affected by the proposed CPO works.

  • Expert evidence for a wide range of issues related to rural land and property

  • Dispute resolution and arbitration work advice on the sale and purchase of land and farms

  • Valuations for probate, capital gains tax, secured lending and litigation purposes

  • Rights of way expertise

  • Compulsory Purchase

  • Wide knowledge of landlord and tenant issues for agricultural, commercial and residential tenancies

Lucie Stone



07786 708037

Lucie specialises in agricultural planning, identifying rural diversification projects, and achieving alternative sources of income for rural enterprises. For over 15 years Lucie has provided advice on planning issues and in particular those which involve the countryside and rural areas and management of the buildings within them.

Planning law and legislation is under regular review and subject to changes which can present opportunities. Lucie has extensive knowledge of the planning system and applies her knowledge to deliver tailored solutions for clients to deliver their aspirations in the short, medium and long term.

Lucie is a trustee of the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society which runs the Hertfordshire County Show. She chairs an activity committee for the Society which identifies and runs activities for members, other than the Show. She is passionate about British food and farming and effective countryside management.


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 Recent projects & Experience

  • Securing numerous Lawful Development Certificates in relation to, amongst others, residential uses, business uses and removal of agricultural occupancy conditions.

  • Securing consent for Hertfordshire’s largest green waste composting and wood chipping processing site and negotiating associated s.106 agreement.

  • Obtaining planning permission for numerous grain stores, potato sheds, livestock buildings, glasshouses and ancillary agricultural development.

  • Obtaining planning consent for the UK’s largest high tech protected growing complex, Thanet Earth in Kent.

  • Achieving changes of use and conversions of agricultural buildings and offices to residential dwellings under new Permitted Development Rights.

  • Securing consent for the change of use of buildings, mainly in the Green Belt, to residential dwellings and commercial business units.

  • Representing a major protected salad crop grower at Public Inquiry in relation to a coldstore at a Nursery.

  • Small scale residential developments in rural locations.

  • Negotiating with local planning authority in relation to planning enforcement enquiries and enforcement notices.

  • Various listed building consents

  • Obtaining consent for a brand new equestrian yard comprising 24 stables, horse walker, 40m x 60m manège and ancillary facilities as part of a farm diversification scheme in the Green Belt and AONB.

  • Rural tourism schemes including consents for a recreational caravan park, glamping and birds of prey visitor centre.

  • Negotiating and completing infrastructure agreements including s.38 and s.278 highway agreements.