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Scotland Agriculture & Rural Affairs
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6 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Brodies LLP

Our team of dedicated experts work with landed estates, farm and rural businesses of all types and sizes in relation to all aspects of their business.

With more accredited agricultural specialists than any other Scottish firm, our expertise extends from agricultural holdings to compulsory purchase, from wind farms to fish farms, in addition to transacting farms, forests, moors, estates and crofts.

Recognising the wide range of challenges and opportunities that the agricultural sector faces, we provide support in relation to matters such as the resolution of disputes, farming partnerships, contract farming and innovative business structures. 

Our support and expertise also extends to all forms of land management, such as utility wayleaves, telecoms and planning issues. In the renewables sector, we have extensive experience in the lifecycle of wind, solar, AD and hydro projects.

Drawing on expertise from across our firm, we provide advice across the full spectrum of land business matters, including tax, succession planning, employment and litigation - a unique capability in Scotland.

We are also the only Scottish headquartered law firm with a Brussels office, enabling us to keep close to European regulations and emerging trade rules and provide insightful thought on their impact in relation to domestic markets.




Chambers Review

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Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds
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What the team is known for

Recognised market leader in Scotland that advises on all legal aspects of agriculture and rural business. They advise some of Scotland's major estates and continue to represent Scottish Land & Estates. Expertise includes compulsory purchases, agricultural tenancies and farm partnerships, succession planning, hydro and wind schemes, fish farms, forestry and crofting matters.

Strengths

A source enthuses: "Brodies are first-class - they're very professional, have excellent knowledge and provide prompt attention."

Work highlights

Instructed by a number of Scottish sporting and forestry estates, businesses and landowners from whom land will be compulsorily acquired for the A9 Dualling project.

Notable practitioners

Odell Milne exhibits expertise in all legal aspects of rural businesses and is adept at dealing with compulsory purchase and utilities issues.

Clive Phillips is an agricultural specialist who covers a diverse range of property, business and succession issues for his landed estates and farming clients.
"Clive is extremely knowledgeable in the rural sector. He has an excellent ability to interpret the legal position and the practicalities of the legal application."

Alex Buchan handles agricultural tenancies, sporting rights and development agreements for rural estates, businesses and institutional lenders.
"He's timely, professional and very pleasant to deal with on any matter relating to property and estate management."

Graeme Leith is highly experienced in forestry transactions and renewable energy development matters.
"Graeme is accessible and efficient, and provides the best advice."

Kate McLeish advises agricultural clients, including landed estates and farmers, on a range of matters including sales and acquisitions and voluntary registration matters.

Andrew Askew Blain is an associate acting for landowners and tenants on a range of rural property matters.
"He's always timely and professional as well as supportive and friendly."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Aberdeen and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Clive Phillips
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Clive Phillips
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Andrew Askew Blain
Andrew Askew Blain
Associates to watch

Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Odell Milne
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Odell Milne
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Alex Buchan
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Alex Buchan
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Graeme Leith
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Graeme Leith
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Band 3
Kate McLeish
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Kate McLeish
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