Ledingham Chalmers LLP

James Drysdale

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Practice Areas

Partner in rural unit specialising in all aspects of agricultural and rural law, including business structures, purchases, sales, leasing, forestry, salmon fisheries and sportings, land use and management including diversification, development and minerals, renewable energy, wind, solar and hydro, and coalbed methane gas. An environmental lawyer of 30 years experience. Advises on trusts and tax & financial planning and involved in advising family businesses on the broad range of issues affecting them. A Trustee of several family trusts and through them involved in family businesses.

Professional Memberships

Accredited as a specialist in agricultural law by the Law Society of Scotland and holds a Certificate in Environmental Law from Glasgow University. A member of the Agricultural Law Association and until 2009, having served the full term, was a Council member and Treasurer of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA). Currently involved with the UKELA Scottish Group. Was Legal Adviser to the Association of Scottish District Salmon Fishery Boards for more than 15 years, which has given him comprehensive experience of environmental, fisheries and water law. Serves on the Law Society Rural Affairs Committee as Convener and on the Scottish Land & Estates Environmental Committee.


Qualified in 1982 with Murray Beith & Murray having assigned apprenticeship from Brodies. 30 years with Anderson Strathern (27 years as a Partner) now Partner with Ledingham Chalmers since August 2013.