Hazel Eccles

About Hazel Eccles

Hazel handles a wide range of rural property and development work, acting for farmers, landowners and landed estates. Hazel advises clients on a full range of agricultural and commercial property matters including acquisitions, disposals, tenancies and the grant of ancillary rights.

Hazel’s agricultural expertise includes: sales and acquisitions of land, estates, residential houses, and commercial land, buildings and businesses, including letting of business units, such as converted farm buildings and other diversification projects, along with the registration of land, establishing rights and obligations, advising on such issues as adverse possession and lost deeds, and the granting easements, licences and farm business tenancies.

For strategic land, Hazel specialises in drafting and negotiating option, promotion, and joint venture agreements, acting predominantly for landowners but also for promoters/developers, overage provisions, section 106 agreements and unilateral undertakings, along with dealing with the eventual sale from landowner to developer following the grant of a planning permission.

Hazel also deals with many aspects of renewable energy projects, such as granting commercial leases to wind or solar power developers and/or businesses.

Hazel is a member of the Agricultural Law Association, and is on the committee for the Thames Valley branch of Women in Property and the Berkshire branch of the RABI Charity.

“Hazel has been very helpful in assisting myself (personally and professionally) through FSP. Her recommendations have been spot on and she has always been so proactive in helping find a solution and talking through the problem before passing it on to someone else.”
NG, London
“Over the course of a number of months Hazel advised the College in connection with the transfer of title of various properties and parcels of land on our Estate. We were faced with meeting very tight deadlines in order to be granted significant funding to secure our long term future and Hazel undoubtedly played a major part in ensuring that we were ultimately successful. Hazel's attention to detail is second-to-none but she also went the extra mile to help us, and this was much appreciated. Hazel is very knowledgeable but also pragmatic and personable.”
Richard Munday, Finance Director, Berkshire College of Agriculture
"I have recommended Hazel Eccles to a number of clients recently on the basis of her outstanding attention to detail and professional approach to the conveyancing of agricultural farms and estates. Hazel's early preparation at the very outset of instruction has helped the swift process of difficult and complicated conveyancing to exchange of contracts and completion of transactions, which is why I always recommend her."
Jonathan Greaves, Partner, Simmons & Sons
"Hazel has assisted the University on a variety of leases and land sales projects. I have valued her attention for detail whilst balancing that with not losing sight of a deal’s prevailing commercial drivers; this balance helps get good results."
Chrisopher Reeve, Property Services Director, University of Reading
“Hazel Eccles is a very good lawyer and has the agriculture expertise. She can do it all.”
"Hazel is excellent to work with, specialising in agricultural law."
"Hazel is a brilliant lawyer. She is very bright, client-friendly and easy to work with. She is easy to have a conversation with. She always gives you a straight answer, but in a pleasant way."
"Hazel Eccles has a great understanding of what clients want and need and how to delivery the relevant solution in a practical and timely manner."