Kate is a partner and the specialist team leader of our Rural team and is based in our Truro office. She achieved her LLB degree from Aberystwyth University and qualified in April 1986.
Kate Joined the firm in 2013. She specialises in advising landowners on complex acquisition and disposal of farms, whether as an asset purchase arrangement or a share sale; landlord and tenant issues including the surrender of Agricultural Holding Act tenancies and the granting of Farm Business Tenancies; secured lending. In addition she also advises on options and leases in respect of renewable projects both from the landlord and tenant perspective; easements, rights of way and adverse possession applications. Kate’s work often involves dealing with complex title matters including Settled Land Act Issues.
Kate is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and formerly sat on the Nation Council for the ALA. Until recently she was a Tutor on ALA Fellowship course. She is also a member of the Country Landowners Association.
Kate’s personal testimonials:
Chambers and Partners (2021) – Kate Theophilus is a specialist in rural land and agricultural tenancy matters. She leads the firm’s rural property team and regularly handles high-value land transactions.
Legal 500 (2021) – Kate Theophilius focuses on non-contentious property law.
Chambers and Partners (2020) – “She is very experienced and very approachable”, “strong on telecommunications and mining matters.”
Legal 500 (2019) – Next Generation Partner – “Kate Theophilus has particular expertise in converting Agricultural Holding Act tenancies (AHA) to Full Agricultural Tenancies (FAT).”
Legal 500 (2018) – Next Generation Lawyer
Chambers and Partners (2019) – “She has loads of experience, and is very much a doer. She’s very approachable” and “she works hard for her clients to give them the best advice.”
Chambers and Partners (2018) – “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 and Partners (2017) – “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.”
In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time with her animals which include three terriers, pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, hens and ducks not to mention the cats! She has for many years also enjoyed performing the Gilbert & Sullivan light operas and other operas besides but her animals now take up her spare time.