Law firm lands historic country estate client

Expanding law firm Blanchards Bailey is celebrating the arrival of a new client in the shape of the historic Stock Gaylard Estate in the heart of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale.

The award-winning firm’s Legal 500 ranked agricultural and estates department has won the opportunity to undertake the estate’s legal work.

Stock Gaylard Estate is a small traditional country estate nestled in a mixture of oak woodland and green pastures around four miles from Sturminster Newton and eight miles from Sherborne.

The estate is approximately 1,800 acres with around 300 acres of predominantly oak woodland, 80 acres of common land and an enclosed 80-acre deer park with a small lake.

Over the last couple of hundred years the estate has been used for country sports in an unspoilt environment that also encompasses modern dairy farming and a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Run by the Langmead family, the estate is the latest farming operation to have moved its legal matters to Blandford-based Blanchards Bailey, headed by Managing Partner Paul Dunlop.

He said: “We are humbled and excited to assist such a wonderful family estate, steeped in so much history – the village is mentioned as existing in 1086 and the house is a Grade II* Listed Georgian building – but very much moving with the times today.

“It is a very exciting era for the Langmead family as they diversify the estate, boosting cashflow to assist in keeping the property exactly how it should be and preserving it for future generations.”

Stock Gaylard Estate Property and Event Manager Jack Langmead said: “We are very much looking forward to having a working relationship with Paul and the team at Blanchards Bailey.

“The firm’s expertise in rural matters, their personal approach and local understanding is exactly what we need to help us maintain and diversify the farm and land of which we are custodians.

“With a growing portfolio of ideas and possible ventures in the pipeline for us, Blanchards Bailey is the perfect fit to keep us sailing in the right direction.”

Stock Gaylard is staging the Dorset Mud Run this weekend (May 21/22), which is a 6km run through the estate’s fields, woods and park with testing obstacles and mud along the way, but free cold beer on offer for the participants.

A number of Blanchards Bailey colleagues are undertaking the mud run. To sign up and for more details visit

Stock Gaylard Estate also hosts the Oak Fair, a traditional country event, welcoming thousands of people through the gates over the bank holiday weekend of August 27 and 28.

The estate’s ongoing diversification programme is continuing with four glamping sites spread out across the estate open for tourists to book.

The Langmead family has also bought The Green Man pub in Kings Stag, just a few minutes’ walk from the estate to which a coffee shop has been added.

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