Ben Sharples FRICS FAAV FCIArb

Solicitor – admitted 2003

"Ben Sharples is extremely impressive: authoritative, with a very firm handle on the cases he deals with and a very good and clear perspective of what he wants to achieve in getting the best result. He's also very personable."
Chambers UK 2022

'Ben Sharples is "an extremely competent agricultural lawyer with a fantastic breadth of knowledge of the law as well as practical agricultural matters".' 
Chambers and Partners 2021

"Ben Sharples is one of the best agricultural property litigation solicitors in the country."
Legal 500 UK 2021

"He understands agriculture and it's his depth of understanding that makes the difference."
Chambers and Partners 2020

"He's a very affable lawyer who is very strong technically."
Chambers and Partners 2020

"He knows how things work on the ground and understands the practical and legal sides of farming. He's diligent and thoughtful, and has this extra dimension of insight into the technical side. He's very likeable, too."
Chambers 2018


Ben Sharples is a Partner in the Agricultural team and also heads up the Natural Capital team which draws on expertise from across the firm. He is considered a Leading Individual in Agriculture and Estates by independent legal directory, the Legal 500 and also ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners. He joined Michelmores in October 2012.

Ben is dual-qualified having practised as a land agent for five years before becoming a Solicitor. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) regularly lecturing to members of both organisations. 

Ben advises on all contentious agricultural matters along with structuring and delivering natural capital projects.

Dispute resolution is a key part of Ben's practice and he is a member of the CAAV Panel of Arbitrators as well as acting as legal adviser to other arbitrators.

Ben is also a mediator accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accepting appointments as a member of the CAAV Panel of Mediators.

Ben is a contributor to the 10th Edition of Scammell, Densham and Williams's Law of Agricultural Holdings. He also sits on the Property Committee of the CAAV.

Ben was awarded his Higher Rights (Civil Advocacy) Qualification in 2010.

Recent Experience

  • Gladman Development v Sutton (2016) High Court - contract dispute regarding an alleged promotion agreement for development of agricultural land
  • Woodhouse v Besent [2015]
  • Wood v Waddington [2014] EWHC 1358 (Ch) Rights of Entry.
  • Davies v Davies [2014] EWCA Civ 568 Estoppel.
  • Zieleniewski v Scheyd & Pryor [2012] EWCA Civ 247 Easements interference with right of way for agricultural purposes, Court of Appeal.
  • Dyer v Potter [2011] EWCA Civ 1417 Notices to quit, Court of Appeal.
  • Lifely v Lifely [2008] EWCA CIV 904 Farming partnerships, Court of Appeal.

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