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Kate Theophilus

Partner

  01872 265100
  cre@stephens-scown.co.uk

Kate is a partner in our rural team and is based in our Truro office.

She achieved her LLB dergee from Aberystwth University  and qualified in April 1986 and specialises in advising landowners on renewable projects, acquisition and disposal of farms, landlord and tenant issues and secured lending.

She advises rural sector clients on options and leases in respect of wind turbines and solar projects; the acquisition and disposal of farms; tenancies specific to the rural sector both from the landlord and tenant perspective; easements rights of way and adverse possession applications; and securing lending on property transactions (acting for the lender or borrower or both).

Kate deals with over 100 files at any given time and her commercial property work includes dealing with the granting of and taking of commercial leases for landlord/tenant clients and the acquisition of commercial property.

Her work includes:

  • dealing with all the property aspects of a farm sale which took the form of a share sale
  • advising on the acquisition of a large area of land enabling the client to expand his farming business
  • acting for a landowner on the provisions of a lease relating to a wind turbine
  • advising on the implications of surrendering land under an Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy
  • acting for a client on the implications of taking a commercial lease of a unit in a shopping centre as part of restructuring

Kate is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and currently a co-opted member of  the ALA Council. She is also a member of the Country Landowners Association.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys performing the Gilbert & Sullivan light operas and walking her two Terriers on Bodmin Moor.

Chambers 2019 - "Kate Theophilus has a particular specialism in converting Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies to Farm Business Tenancies. She also handles a wide range of other non-contentious agriculture matters."

Chambers 2018 -"a lawyer who wants to get the job done for the client and is only too happy to go to the farm and meet the client face-to-face. She's able to put things across in plain terms." 

Legal 500 2018 - Next Generation Lawyer - "Kate Theophilus handles non-contentious agricultural matters, a number of which have been very high profile."

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