Agriculture, Estates & Rural Property

Charlotte Patterson-Ryan

Senior Associate

10 years qualified

After deciding that a career as a post-doctoral research associate in Molecular Biology whilst fun, was not actually her dream job, Charlotte re-trained as a lawyer and spent the first twelve years of her legal career practicing law in the North-East working in agriculture, farms, and estates sector.

Charlotte is experienced in all areas of agricultural law. Specialising in rural property and landed estates has brought breadth to Charlotte’s overall practice and lends weight to her ability to deal with issues arising from such diverse property portfolios – including complex first registrations, estate sales, mineral leases, options, conditional contracts, commercial leases and all types of agricultural tenancies. Her clients vary from institutional landowners, private individuals, farmers, charities, and banks and she has also held a key role as legal advisor to several multi-disciplinary trustee teams on landed estates across the entirety of England and Wales.

Charlotte also specialises in secured lending transactions involving rural property and has been appointed by numerous banks to provide their separate representation in multiple multimillion-pound refinancing deals. Security taken has included prime real estate in London, working equine facilities, farms held under multiple agricultural occupancies, quarries, land subject to HS2 arrangements, and commercial properties. Charlotte is renowned for her collaborative approach, her ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with all parties within the financial transaction matrix, and her ability, in conjunction with her banking colleagues, to deliver cost-effective specialist financial advice for refinancing and acquisition purposes.


Charlotte has been consistently highly-ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers.

Charlotte Patterson-Ryan