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Turcan Connell

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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What the team is known for

Rural specialists that provide the full range of services needed for agricultural and landed estates, such as complex agricultural tenancy issues, renewable energy and minerals projects. Particularly adept at advising on option and development agreements. Combines this offering with extensive legal knowledge of family, philanthropy and tax matters.

Strengths

Sources say: "Work is processed very effectively and efficiently, with a very high degree of professionalism and pragmatism by approachable individuals who show a human touch."

Notable practitioners

Don MacLeod is highly acclaimed for his advice on the purchase and sale of estates, including substantial forestry transactions. Sources say he is an "excellent communicator and problem solver and calm when under pressure," adding that he is "also commercially minded."

Grierson Dunlop is an experienced agricultural lawyer who is adept at advising on the sale, purchase and restructuring of farms and estates. Interviewees appreciate that he "has a very pragmatic and down-to-earth approach."

Jonathan Robertson is sought for his experience advising on Scotland's largest estate transactions, including portfolios that include renewable energy projects, such as wind energy developments. Commentators describe him as a "significant agricultural law expert."

Louise Johnston handles the full spectrum of rural property conveyancing matters and advises on renewables, such as hydroelectric schemes. Sources appreciate that she is "highly efficient and forensic in her approach."

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Overview

Turcan Connell has the largest Scottish Agriculture and Rural Affairs practice, with more than 30 solicitors and four accredited specialists in Agricultural Law (more than any other firm) dedicated exclusively to agriculture and estates work.

We have a strength and depth in knowledge, experience and the number of dedicated rural property legal staff unparalleled in Scotland.

Partner and Head of Land and Property, Jonathan Robertson is actively involved with Scottish Land & Estates Committees.

Turcan Connell is selling or purchasing the highest value farms and estates on the market in Scotland.

The Renewable Energy team at Turcan Connell has advised on well over 300 onshore wind, hydro-electric, solar PV, biomass and anaerobic digestion schemes and taken many projects to the stage of commencement of generation and beyond.

We have again seen a huge upturn in land development options and promotion agreements – Turcan Connell has a very significant involvement in this very important and valuable practice area and Turcan Connell has a major role in Scottish agricultural law advising in 85% of the limited partnership cases, the major contentious agricultural law topic in Scotland.

Members

Robertson, Jonathan (Head of Department)

Clifford, Sheena

Collin, Alastair

Dunlop, Grierson

Gibb, Stuart

Johnston, Louise

Johnston, Louise

Macleod, Don

MacLeod, Don

Rushworth, Alistair

Stringer, Niall

Clients

RSPB

Industries

Banks

Charities & Not-for-profit

Energy

Financial Services

Forestry & Paper

Mining & Metals

Private Clients / Individuals

Real Estate

Real Estate Finance

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

Turcan Connell

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Department location

Princes Exchange

1 Earl Grey Street

Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

UK

EH3 9EE

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Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Don MacLeod
Band 3
Grierson Dunlop
Band 1
Jonathan Robertson
Band 1
Louise Johnston
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