In brief: Palmer Wheeldon wins farm victory

Palmer Wheeldon solicitor Jane Lichtenstein has won a “landmark” victory after a six-year legal battle, which could benefit thousands of farmers. The Court of Appeal last week judged in favour of her client, a Lincolnshire farmer. The decision allows farmers of tenancies created before 1984 who farm in partnership with their children to pass the tenancy on to their children when they retire or die, even if the property had not provided the children's principal source of income for the previous seven years. The court said where a tenant partnership had reinvested any profits made in the farm, investment amounted to income.