Congratulations to James Fergusson

We are delighted to announce that James Fergusson has been successful in passing the Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS and is now a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Many congratulations from all at Adkin!

Adkin are seeking a graduate or recently qualified Rural Surveyor

Adkin are seeking a graduate or recently qualified Rural Surveyor to join our highly respected office based in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has the ambition and talent to play a key part in the future of our business.

Should you wish to discuss the position, please contact Katie Day.
The closing date for applications is Monday 11th November 2019.

Further details regarding the role can be found via the advert: Graduate or Recently Qualified Surveyor- October 2019

Julian Sayers receives an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University.

Julian Sayers has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Agricultural University in recognition of his long career advising farmers and land owners on the many aspects of rural property.

He graduated from what was then the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) in 1982. He has maintained close links with the University, sitting on a number of its Boards, acting as Chair of the Real Estate and Land Management (RELM) Advisory Council and serving as a Governor for nine years.

He has held senior positions at a number of the land based sector’s major organisations including chairing the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Rural Faculty, the Oxford Farming conference and the Farmers Club. Last year he served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, and is the long serving chair of the Defra Tenancy Reform Industry Group.

He told Graduates: “I am hugely honoured to receive my Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University which means a great deal to me as I have been involved with this unique academic institution for the past 40 years.”

“My working life has been all about the people I deal with day to day, against a backdrop of rural property in its many guises. Strong working relationships are one of the keys to success along with lifelong learning, establishing contacts for support and guidance and taking opportunities that come your way. Upon leaving the RAU the world is your oyster and the University and its strong alumni network are there to support you.”

Professor Joanna Price, Vice Chancellor of the RAU said: Julian Sayers is a visionary leader whose contribution to society and duty of service go hand in hand with his professional success. He is an inspirational role model for our students and we are delighted to welcome him to our community of Honorary Fellows.

Kevin Prince joins the team as Head of Agency

We are pleased to announce that Kevin has joined the team as a Director and Head of Agency.  Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and joins us from a national agent bringing with him over twenty years of experience in the sale and valuation of all types of property including cottages, houses, land and large country estates.  Kevin is a well known for his impressive record in the country house and estate market and has been involved in many of the most significant sales in the south of England.

As well as heading up our Agency department, he will also be available to act for purchasers and provide a range of professional services including valuations and Expert Witness instructions.

Farming and Property Bulletin – May 2019

General Licenses to Control Birds
On 25th April, Natural England revoked the three General Licenses which allow for the control of certain wild birds including crows, magpies and pigeons amongst others. This meant that as from 25th April, anyone found shooting these birds could be committing a criminal offence.

May 2019

The BPS Deadline has now passed


 The deadline for 2019 BPS applications, 15th May, has now passed. However, should you need to amend your application there are still options.

 You can make some amendments up to 31st May 2019 without a penalty if the original 2019 application was submitted prior to the 15th May deadline. These changes include:

  • Adding a land parcel
  • Increasing the eligible area of a land parcel
  • Increasing the area being used to activate entitlements for claim
  • Changing the land use of a parcel

 The above changes can be also made from 1st June until midnight on 10th June however, changes during this time frame will attract a penalty.

Should you become aware of a error on your claim outside of these timescales can inform the RPA at any time using the ‘notified error’ provisions. These cannot result in an increase in value of the 2019 BPS claim and therefore include changes to the land use and deducting the eligible area of a land parcel but not adding parcels or increasing the eligible area.

The ‘obvious error’ provision allows the RPA to correct a clear omission or mistake on a 2019 BPS application without a penalty being attracted if the error is ‘obvious from a simple check of the application’.

For further details on the above please see the BPS 2019 scheme rules