Esther Stirling

Director – Head of Civil & Rural Litigation

Specialist finance lawyer, expert in farming divorce, high net worth individuals and complex financial disputes.

Esther Stirling

Director – Head of Civil & Rural Litigation

Esther Stirling is a civil and rural litigator who specialises in handling disputes relating to land and agricultural land in particular.  Esther has ridden and competed with her horses for many years and also specialises in equine law.

How Esther can help you

Esther acts for clients across the country.  She works in the Civil Courts, in the First Tier Property Tribunal and deals with regular arbitrations.  She acts for clients who farm, for rural businesses and rural landowners.  In the equine world, she represents those who ride and compete in all disciplines.

Esther has particular expertise in contentious issues involving:

  • Agricultural tenancies
  • The use of rural and agricultural land
  • Co-owned property
  • Rights over land including access and drainage
  • Claims to land through adverse possession
  • Boundary issues
  • Nuisance and trespass
  • Sporting rights including fishing

Esther also handles disputes in the rural arena regarding wills, trusts and estates, including challenges to the validity of wills, claims to provision from an estate and disputes between beneficiaries or challenges to executors.

In the equine world, Esther is well known for advising on many issues including those relating to the buying and selling of horses, disputes between co-owners and issues regarding the training and competition of horses.  She believes that careful planning avoids most common problems and can advise on the agreements you need to ensure you can enjoy your horses without worry.

Why choose Esther

Esther has a passion for horses and for the countryside and so brings to her work a true understanding of the world in which her clients live and what matters most to them.  She has a natural ability to build a strong rapport with her clients who benefit not only her technical legal knowledge but from a personal and compassionate approach.

Esther believes resolves most cases through negotiation and is skilled in using mediation to resolve matters quickly and amicably.  She is a highly effective communicator whose clients benefit from the sound relationships she also builds with her opponents.

She has a national reputation in agricultural and equine law and regularly lectures and writes on topics of particular interest.  She is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and teaches on their Starter for Ten course.