Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading team that is adept at handling the technical requirements of complex rural land and business legal issues, including agricultural holdings, land registration, leasing and bank security work. Respected for its breadth of expertise in complicated farm and forestry transactions. Also advises on renewable energy projects, sporting rights and crofting matters.

Strengths Clients enthuse that they "have found the firm to be prompt, courteous and providing of very good advice."

Notable practitioners

Alan White
exhibits expertise across a range of rural property transactions, including agricultural holdings, renewable energy, sporting rights, crofting and community rights to buy. Sources describe him as "extremely solid and dependable."

Mike Blair
covers the full range of agriculture and rural issues, acting for both landlords and tenants. Sources describe him as "one of the key specialists in Scotland in respect of agricultural landlord and tenant matters and one of the key people to seek advice from."

Murray Soutar
is "very highly regarded, particularly in respect of conveyancing of large rural properties," according to commentators. He handles complex estate and farm transactions, including sporting, salmon fishing and forestry issues.

Robert Scott-Dempster
acts for significant private and institutional rural landowning clients. A market commentator says that he is "extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of rural property law, from sporting issues to agricultural law, and he has a very calm, measured approach to everything."