Module: Agricultural Law and Valuation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Simon Smith
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    38 hours

Module content

  • Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 & related legislation 
  • Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 and farm business tenancies
  • Valuation of end of tenancy compensation 
  • Rental valuations 
  • Dispute resolution 
  • Annual stocktaking valuations 
  • Joint ventures (contract and share farming; partnerships)

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate and critically analyse the operation of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA 1986) and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 (ATA 1995). 
  2. Evaluate and prepare advice for owners and occupiers of let agricultural property based on the relevant legal constraints and the personal circumstances of the individuals. 
  3. Evaluate and prepare advice for owners of in-hand agricultural property and critically analyse the issues arising on letting, and on the alternative arrangements available. 
  4. Prepare valuations for rent and compensation under the AHA 1986 and the ATA 1995. 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of on-farm valuations of stock for tax and compensation purposes. 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Scheduled in-class mini tests 60%
Examination 1 x 2 hour unseen exam with pre-seen scenario 40%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Rodgers, C.P. (2008) Agricultural law.  3rd ed.  Tottel Publishing
  • Sydenham, A. and Mainwaring, N. (1995) Farm business tenancies: the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.  Jordan Publishing
  • Williams, P., Cardwell, M.N. and Williams, V. (2015) Scammell, Densham and Williams law of agricultural holdings. 10th ed. Lexis Nexis
  • Williams, R.G. (2008) Agricultural valuations: a practical guide.  4th ed.  EG Books