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Anderson Strathern

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

6 ranked lawyersBand 1ScotlandUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly experienced rural land and business team that is adept at advising on all aspects of rural and agricultural law, including property development, agribusiness, diversification and forestry issues. Acts for some of Scotland's most significant estates and landowners on high-value land sales and purchases. Also adept at servicing clients on succession planning matters. Exhibits expertise in the energy and real estate sectors and can advise on dispute resolution.

Strengths

An interviewee says: "They are always highly professional and deliver value-added solutions and answers."

Work highlights

Acted for the sellers in a sale of part of the historic Douglas Support Estate in Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire to the Viewpark Conservation Group.

Notable practitioners

Adele Nicol is an experienced agricultural lawyer who assists landlords and tenants with agricultural tenancies and rural property management.
"She has an outstanding knowledge of agricultural law. She's highly efficient and competent with rapid and effective responses at all times."

Anne Chapman is sought for her expertise on complex estate management, and she advises large-scale institutional rural landowners on aquaculture, coastal and agricultural issues.
"She is approachable and always provides clear and concise legal advice on complex matters of law relating to the use and occupation of Scotland’s foreshore and seabed."

Fiona Gibb is adept at advising private and institutional clients on estate management, development land acquisitions and sales, as well as charitable property issues.

John Mitchell is a leading expert on the purchase, sale and leasing of agricultural and rural property, as well as large-scale estate management issues.

Linsey Barclay-Smith deals with the full range of agricultural and rural matters, including business restructuring and succession planning matters for families.

Robin Beattie handles the full spectrum of rural property issues, from estate, farm and forestry transactions to sporting rights.
"He's very personable and knowledgeable, and he is also very pragmatic."

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Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Adele Nicol
Band 3
Anne Chapman
Band 4
Fiona Gibb
Band 3
John Mitchell
Band 1
Linsey Barclay-Smith
Band 4
Robin Beattie
Band 4