Annabel
Farbon

Partner, Rural

Annabel has over 20 years property experience across rural portfolios owned by private individuals, traditional Estates held in Trust and institutional owners. She joined Bidwells in 2007 having spent 12 years with Strutt & Parker. She understands that every client has different aims and objectives for their property and seeks to use her experience in identifying these with the client and managing properties and strategies accordingly.

Annabel specialises in estate management and provides rural professional advice with particular expertise in agricultural landlord and tenant, residential tenancies, restrictive covenant issues, private water supplies and estate insurances. Annabel is a strategic advisor for a number of large privately owned estates in Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, most recently advising on restructuring for generational change, inheritance tax planning, issues of compliance with private water supplies and strategic acquisitions.

She acts as the managing agent for the agricultural portfolios of Christ’s College, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge; identifying and implementing new objectives and management strategies for both.

Compulsory purchase and compensation work includes negotiating line of routes, accommodation works and assessment of compensation levels.

She has recently negotiated the restructure of an AHA in Hampshire, developing and putting in place a new farming structure for the client to improve his income, capital and inheritance tax positions.

She was elected as a member of the CLA’s National Legal, Parliamentary and Property Rights Committee in 2014 and is a member of the CLA Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Branch Committee. She has served as a member of the RICS Countryside Policies Panel and the RICS Rural Faculty Board.

Annabel also sits on the Royal Agricultural University’s School of Real Estate and Land Management Advisory Panel.

She is the Partner responsible for the Bidwells Rural Division’s Knowledge Base intranet facility and is the Division’s Technical Training Partner and Divisional Health & Safety Group representative. Annabel is certificated with the IOSH Managing Safely course.

Skills:

  • Management of mixed portfolio rural estates including implementation of effective reporting and communication systems
  • Developing and implementing estate management strategies
  • Landlord and tenant advice for agricultural and residential properties
  • Compensation claims
  • Consideration of the impact of legislative and policy changes on landowners
  • Private water supplies
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