Miles Farren – Professional Biography

Career Details

National Farmers Union (NFU), Shropshire 1976 – 1991

Articles at Lanyon Bowdler, Shrewsbury 1992 – 1995

Solicitor, Roythorne & Co, Nottingham 1995 – 1999

Associate/Senior Associate, Burges Salmon 1999 – 2007

Partner, Clarke Willmott, Taunton 2007 – 2009

Legal Director, Burges Salmon 2009 – 2010

Partner, Ebery Williams, Bristol 2010 – 2011

Partner, Michelmores 2012 – 2020


Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Member of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA)

Member of the Property Litigation Association (PLA) and served on PLA Education Committee from 2008 to 2013

Notable Cases include

Court of Appeal

Jewell v McGowan (2002): definition of “agriculture only” in user covenant

Ministry of Defence v Spencer (2003): rent review cycle triggered by variation in size of holding

Michael v Miller (2004): the lender’s duty in relation to the sale of charged property

Uglow v Uglow (2004): proprietary estoppel, farm and farming business

Wormall v Wormall (2004): proprietary estoppel equestrian training business

Drew v Daniel (2005): undue influence

USA (Pennsylvania)

Dallas-Chapman v Steckler (2007): testamentary capacity and undue influence

High Court/Court of Protection

Jones v Jones (2006): testamentary capacity and execution of documents

Re Valerie Ann Bishop (2007): Registration of Enduring Power of Attorney

Davies-Cooke v Steen (2009): Permission to bring proceedings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants Act) 1975 out of time

Kearns v Boyle (2010): Wills – Due execution and testamentary capacity

Wielkopolski v Buckingham (2013): Accounts and Inquiries

Wakefield v Masefields Solicitors (2013) : Professional negligence in relation to a Will

Scottish Equitable Plc (AEGON) v Jackson (2013): Accounts and Inquiries

Thomas v Calmady-Hamlyn (2013): Application for directions under CPR Part 64

Scott deceased v Williams (2014): Contested Probate

Scott-Walby v Scott-Walby (2014): Contested Probate

Luton v Luton and Chislet (2014): Possession of land

Dewes v Dewes (2015): Possession of land

Derbyshire v Derbyshire (2015): Claim for financial provision under the 1975 Act

Wakley v Crown Estate Commissioners (2016): Damages for breach of tenancy agreement and misrepresentation

Price v Saundry (2016): Trustee removal Accounts and Inquiries

Bradshaw deceased v Bradshaw (2016): Beddoes relief

Davies v Austin (2016): Claim for provision under the 1975 Act

Crabbe v Townsend (2016): Enforcement of a concluded agreement

Read v Day (2017): Claim for financial provision under the 1975 Act

Doherty v Pryor (2018): Removal of trustees

Naviede deceased v Urban fetch Man (2018): Court approval of administration of insolvent estate

Pike v Pike (2018): Proprietary estoppel

Mills v Sephton (2019): Trust Accounts and Inquiries

Auliffe v Ellis (2019): Service of notices to quit

Price v Saundry (2019): Rectification of trust document

A E Walters v G H Walters (2019): Appointment of trustee under the Trustee Act 1925

M G Walters v G H Walters (2019): Dissolution of partnership

Whitaker v MNI (Scarcroft) Ltd (in receivership) (2019): Application for succession to an AHA 1986 tenancy on retirement