Joanne Briscoe - Senior Associate

Jo is an experienced property solicitor qualifying over 12 years ago, and since then she has concentrated on working with property owners, farmers, landowners and tenants, and developers.

Jo now deals primarily with the development of agricultural land, including site acquisition and assembly as well as secured lending and borrowing.

As development projects are often on rural land Jo’s extensive experience in all aspects of rural property including dealing with agricultural tenancies (and advising on gaining vacant possession of otherwise secured tenancy land), means she understands the nuances of the issues affecting rural land acquisition, development and diversification. Jo also has significant experience of the renewables sector, where she has acted for rural landowners and renewable energy providers on matters ranging from solar and wind farms to large scale new renewable power plants. Jo is a member of the ALA (Agricultural Law Association), the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) and the CPA (Compulsory Purchase Association).

She frequently acts for rural landowners seeking to develop their land and developers seeking to acquire and develop the same, including transactions involving mineral rights. Jo also deals with general commercial property work including freehold and leasehold transactions.

Jo provides corporate support on various matters and other focuses of her work involve acting on the property aspects of the care home and franchising sectors.

Jo’s clients include property developers & housing associations, commercial property owners, rural landowners, farmers, investors, land owning charities and friendly societies, franchising businesses and commercial businesses. She also provides advice to other law firms on various aspects of rural property and also on releasing potential development on a consultancy basis and speaks at professional conferences on various aspects of property law.

Clients and other professionals recommend Jo as being ‘efficient and proactive’, showing a ‘real understanding of the matters, remaining calm under pressure’ and providing ‘invaluable help and guidance.’ Some say, ‘we love working with Jo, she is on the ball and always easy to deal with, she is our ‘go-to’ person.’ Referrers say ‘she has a real understanding of the nuances of agricultural tenancies and developing rural land, I never hesitate to pick up the phone.’