Toby Pound

Toby Pound is a consultant solicitor at Barker Gotelee and specialises in property law. Toby has practised as a property lawyer in Ipswich since 1979, spending 24 years with a leading regional firm before moving to Barker Gotelee in 2003 in order to focus primarily on agricultural property transactions.

Toby specialises in the sale and purchase of farms and large estates. He also advises farmers and landowners on complex tenancy issues and property related diversification schemes.

Toby is recognised as a leading practitioner in this area and in recent years has acted on some of the largest farm and estate transactions in Suffolk including the purchase of the 2500 acre Kelsale Hall Farm in 2012 and the sale of 2000 acre Blackheath Estate Farm in 2015.

Toby says:
‘Farming and the countryside has always been a particular interest for me. My ancestors were farmers on the Sussex Downs and the “pound” was the animal enclosure on the village green. Buying or selling farms and estates is a complex business involving many separate areas of law. I have always believed in building strong and lasting relationships with my clients so that they know they can trust me with their private and business affairs’.

Clients say:
“ Wonderful news, Toby, thank you for all your work on this and for doing everything so efficiently. Now I can become a farmer and start complaining about the weather and the cost of diesel!”

“ A very big thank you to you for your professionalism and excellent communications”

Chambers and Partners 2018 says:
This year Toby was awarded the title of Senior Statesman and “is noted for his ‘pragmatic and sensible approach’“.

Legal 500 2017 says:
Barker Gotelee ‘never drags its heels and is proactive in getting all matters progressed as soon as possible’. Toby Pound’s team has extensive knowledge of Common Agricultural Policy reforms and has built a strong reputation for land transactions for farmers and landowners across the UK.”

Legal 500 2016 says:
Toby Pound’s team at Barker Gotelee provides ‘very good service, good advice and good response times’. ‘Good listener’ and agricultural specialist Andrew Nicholson is highly recommended. Highlights included advising on the sale of 1800 acres at Aldeburgh and Friston.”

Chambers and Partners 2015 says:
“Sources say Toby Pound is “greatly experienced and very good to deal with.” “He has always been extremely gentlemanly,” adds one interviewee. Pound heads the property team and focuses on the purchase and sale of farms and estates.”

Legal 500 2014 says:
“At Barker Gotelee, property partners Toby Pound and Kerry Addison, and ‘very approachable’ agricultural specialist Andrew Nicholson provide ‘appropriate, concise and comprehensive advice’. Experience includes large estate sales, business restructuring, renewable energy projects, EU policy advice and diversification projects.”

Chambers and Partners 2014 says:
“Peers regard him as efficient and pleasant to deal with and as someone who gets on with things.

Chambers and Partners 2012 says:
“Toby Pound leads the firm’s property team, specialising in agriculture-related transactions. Clients laud him as ‘meticulous and precise – he knows his stuff’.

Legal 500 2010 says:
“Property expert Toby Pound cements the firm’s standing among farmers’.”

Chambers and Partners 2010 says:
“Toby Pound is a property lawyer with an excellent reputation for agricultural property work”.

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