I am a commercial and agricultural property solicitor based at Hall Smith Whittingham’s Nantwich office.

I joined the firm in February 2023, having qualified in 2007 and previously worked at leading national and regional law firms.

I have broad experience in a wide range of commercial and agricultural property matters including:-

Sales and acquisitions of freehold and leasehold property and land;
Landlord and Tenant matters, including agreements for lease, new leases, rent deposit deeds, assignment of existing leases, lease renewals and lease surrenders;
Property development. Acting for developers, landowners and occupiers covering conditional contracts, option agreements, rights of pre-emption and overage agreements;
Property finance. Acting on behalf of borrowers and lenders;
Partnership agreements;
Rights of way issues;
Adverse possession matters;
Sports and recreational sales;
Deeds of easement;
Contract farming agreements and share farming agreements.

Professional Memberships
Agricultural Law Association. I attained my Fellowship of the Agricultural Law Association in 2008 (the highest accolade for agricultural expertise).

Outside of work I enjoy playing most sports, all racquet sports, golf, rural pursuits, walking, bike rides, travel, and spending time with my family and friends.

“Nicholas Playford has demonstrated the breadth of his legal expertise and knowledge whilst dealing with my complex land purchase deal. I found Nick to be clear, precise, straight talking, very honest and very helpful whilst dealing with my case. I was impressed by his manner, immediate grasp of the facts and the superb advice and guidance I received throughout our land purchase deal.” Legal 500 2023

“Nicholas Playford advises clients on an array of agricultural property transactions, as well as rights of way matters, partnership agreements and deeds of easement. Nick has a breadth of knowledge and experience on agricultural property matters that is hard to find elsewhere.” Chambers and Partners 2023

Phone: 01270 610300