Tom Wills

Business, Energy, Real Estate, Rural

Title: Partner and Head of Agriculture & Estates

Tel: 0191 226 3796

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Tom is a Partner and Head of the Agriculture and Estates department and has a detailed knowledge of Agricultural Holdings, Rural Business, Commercial Real Estate, Renewables Projects and Mines and Minerals.


  • He specialises in Rural and Agricultural issues including Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association
  • Tom’s experience extends to all facets of the development process, acting for landowners and developers, from site acquisition, investment, planning, secured funding, construction issues, lettings and enhanced disposal
  • Tom has significant experience in advising on landlord and tenant law including sales and leasebacks, break clauses and on the property and land aspects of commercial deals
  • Tom has acted on a number of wind farm and open cast coal projects in the North East and appreciates both sides of the coin, having acted on behalf of both landowners and developers
  • He has a breadth of experience in acting upon acquisitions or disposals of freehold or leasehold farms and working rural businesses. He understands and deals with basic payment scheme entitlements and agri-environment schemes
  • Regularly acts for a range of clients in the agricultural, commercial, residential and waste management and energy sectors
  • Tom has a good understanding of agri-business and significant experience in acting upon the registration and transfer of mineral/manorial and sporting rights

In his spare time Tom enjoys travelling with his family, golf, socialising with friends and eating and drinking not necessarily in that order!

Client/professional quotes:

The Legal 500 2024 Guide listed Tom as a leading individual, stating “Tom Wills and Sam Watts have been excellent in all aspects of advice and guidance. Approachable and friendly yet remaining professional at all times.”

The Legal 500 2023 Guide listed Tom as a next generation partner, stating “There was no single item that made the practice unique, it was the summation of attention to detail, working within the agreed timescale, availability for discussions and willingness to suggest the way forward that made the team stand out.”

The Legal 500 2022 Guide listed Tom as a key individual where is was said “Tom Wills is an outstanding practitioner. He brings outstanding knowledge, a pragmatic and well-reasoned approach and gets excellent outcomes for us on a regular basis.”

The Legal 500 2022 Guide listed Tom as a key individual where it was said the team are “excellent lawyers; dedicated, creative, problem solvers & 100% reliable.”

In the Legal 500 2019 Guide Tom was described as “always having a full grasp of the issues and hence is able to do what is required with minimal fuss. He always comes across as extremely competent and confident.”

Tom has been described in every Chambers guide since 2017 as being a ‘recognised practitioner’ and was a ranked individual in 2023 & 2024, where it was said “Tom really goes the extra mile for his clients. He does a really good job.” “He is great, he really gets down to the nitty-gritty of the work and is a solid practitioner.”

The 2024 Guide added “Tom is very experienced, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator.” “Tom is knowledgeable and courteous, and comes up with good ideas by thinking outside of the box. He’s really proactive on getting all the jobs over the line.”

The 2024 Guide also said.“Tom is an outstanding practitioner with excellent knowledge and experience.” “Tom is a great guy, easy to deal with and very knowledgeable.”

The Chambers UK 2022 Guide described Tom as being “very good at leasehold negotiations and agricultural property work.”

The Chambers UK 2021 Guide described Tom as being “very knowledgeable about his subject and gave sound advice in a timely manner.

The Chambers UK 2020 Guide described Tom as being “consistent in his communication and understanding.

Key Practice Areas

  • Agricultural Law
  • Real Estate and Planning
  • Rural Business
  • Energy, Renewables and Resources
  • Mines and Minerals
  • Farm Sales and Purchases