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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

4 ranked lawyersBand 2ScotlandUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Experienced rural property lawyers with a Scotland-wide offering that includes acting on the purchase and sale of forestry and rural land. Adept at agricultural tenancy work, secured agricultural lending, restructuring partnerships and succession matters. Also advises renewable energy developers on farm and landowner diversification issues.

Strengths

Clients say the lawyers "have been excellent to work with," adding: "The strength and breadth of the firm and ability to pull in additional partners who are specialists in a particular field has been particularly good."

Work highlights

Acted for The Woodland Trust in relation to the rights of access for the extraction of timber on a new access route.

Notable practitioners

Emma Robertson is particularly adept at agricultural tenancy law issues, partnership agreements and share farming agreements. A client reports that "at every stage, Emma kept us fully informed of progress."

Hamish Lean is widely regarded as Scotland's leading practitioner on agricultural tenancy law issues. A source says: "Hamish's main strength is his wealth of experience and knowledge in agricultural law and succession, and his excellent method of presentation, making a complicated subject easy to follow."

Richard Leslie is sought for his command of environmental law issues, in particular those that arise in the rural and renewables sectors. He is adept at advising clients on rural property acquisitions, as well as contaminated land matters.

Stuart Greenwood exhibits expertise across a range of rural property transactions, including farm acquisitions and sales, renewable energy development projects and forestry land issues. A client says: "I am always impressed by his knowledge of the subject," adding: "He understands the culture of our business and what we are looking for."

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Aberdeen and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Emma Robertson
Star Associates
Hamish Lean
Band 1
Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Richard Leslie
Band 4
Stuart Greenwood
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