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Simon Pring

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The outlook for rural property is mixed, says Simon Pring, an experienced lawyer with a network of land agents, accountants and financial consultants.

The Farrer & Co partner reckons the country house market ‘will go up because it’s been quite subdued’. Similarly, renewed confidence could help the market for ‘strategic land’ sold to developers. Despite uncertainty over subsidies post-Brexit, large deals are still being done. The Crown Estate has been selling down ‘non-core’ farms to restructure its rural assets, while Savills has sold the Strutt & Parker Farms business (thought to be worth £200 million). ‘That just shows you can still sell huge amounts of stuff,’ says Pring.