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Anderson Strathern is singled out for its ‘very high degree of knowledge’. Work includes estate purchases, energy transactions and residential developments. Team head John Mitchell is advising Buccleuch Group on several voluntary registrations. Other clients include The Crown Estate.

Brodies LLP is ‘one of Scotland’s leading firms for agriculture and estates’. The practice advises a range of rural businesses on acquisitions and land use. Odell Milne advised Transport Scotland on the salmon fishing rights aspects of the A9 Dualing project. Newly promoted partner Murray Soutarpunches above his weight’.

Turcan Connell handles work relating to land developments, renewable schemes, sporting rights, voluntary registrations and sales of estates with eight-figure values. Practice head Jon Robertson’s expertise includes various energy projects. Don Macleod is now a partner.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP’s ‘conscientious and dependable’ team advises on matters such as complex farm sales and energy transactions. Robert Scott-Dempster heads the practice and has ‘a clear focus on what the client wants’. Fraser Leslie joined the firm from Bond Dickinson LLP.

Lindsays provides ‘clear advice that explains the legal ambiguities well’. Work includes crofting issues, high-value transactions and energy investments. Michael Yellowlees, who has expertise in heraldry and feudal titles, is ‘pragmatic, efficient and highly personable’. Andrew Linehan is also recommended.

Blackadders LLP advises on issues including wind turbine and anaerobic digestion projects, corporate structuring, and succession planning. Petra Grunenbergknows the sector very well’.

Davidson Chalmers LLP’s ‘positive and helpful’ practice advises on rural transactions and energy projects. The firm acts for RBS on secured loan transactions. Key names include the ‘professional and flexibleLaura Tainsh and practice head Andy Drane.

Never behind the cutting edge of the subject’, Harper Macleod LLP advises on land leases and sales for residential and energy developments, among other matters. Practice head Graeme Nisbet advises the Forestry Commission on voluntary registration of its land.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP has ‘a strong team of agriculturally knowledgeable solicitors’. Jim Drysdale leads the team, which advises on land sales, farming partnership disputes and structuring.

Morton Fraser provides ‘a good level of service and sound advice’ on issues including farm sales, rights of way and sporting rights. James Rust heads the department, which includes ‘extremely professional’ associate Gail Watt.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s workload includes acquisitions, succession planning, renewable developments and fish farming issues. Peter Misselbrook heads the practice, which acts for the Woodland Trust and Eskdalemuir Forestry.

Stronachs LLPkeeps clients up-to-date and aware of farming subsidy issues’, and handles a range of biomass energy generation, residential development and rights of way issues. Hamish Lean is ‘an all-round professional’.

Thorntons Law LLP advises on energy generation projects, agricultural succession planning, rights of way issues and complex land sales. Key names include the ‘determined and imaginative’ Linsey Barclay-Smith, and Kenneth Mackay, who leads the team.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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