Michael Johnstone


Michael specialises in advising on all aspects of agricultural tenancies, acting for landlords and tenants under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. He has a particular expertise in farm cottage and residential tenancy issues.

In addition, Michael advises on farming partnership disputes, agricultural quotas and subsidies, environment law and nature conservation.

Michael studied zoology at Newcastle University before moving across to the law and training as a solicitor. Having qualified in 1990, he worked in the agriculture and environment team at Burges Salmon before co-founding Loxley in 2007. Michael is noted in Chambers & Partners for his "phenomenal knowledge of agricultural law and excellent communications skills".

Michael is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Property Litigation Association. He is a recommended professional for the Tenant Farmers Association. He is a contributing author to the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (Agriculture and the Environment) and to 'Mid Term Review: A Practical Guide' (Burges Salmon), joint author of the text on farm cottages in Sweet and Maxwell's 'Agricultural Law, Tax and Finance' and joint author of 'Farm Cottages: Security of Tenure' (Burges Salmon).

Michael can be contacted on 01453 700623 or by email to michael.johnstone@loxleylegal.com