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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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Jim Drysdale

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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 and hydro, and coalbed methane gas. Also an environmental lawyer of 30 years' experience. Also advises on trusts and tax and financial planning and involved in advising family businesses on the broad range of issues affecting them. He is a trustee of several family trusts and through them is involved in various family businesses.


Qualified 1982; apprentice Brodies 1979-81; QA Murray Beith & Murray 1981-83; QA J & F Anderson (now Anderson Strathern) 1983, becoming a partner in 1986; joined Ledingham Chalmers as partner August 2013. University of Glasgow certificate in environment law; accredited specialist in agricultural law.




Agricultural Law Association; Writer to the Signet; UKELA; Law Society Rural Affairs Committee (Convener).


Winchester College; University of Aberdeen (1978 LLB).


Outdoor pursuits.

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is steeped in agricultural law, and maintains a presence at Thainstone Agricultural Centre and Stirling Marts. The firm advises the range of rural businesses on all matters pertaining to land holdings and estates, in addition to more niche areas, such as sporting and fishing rights, equestrian law and crofting. ‘Friendly and efficient’ Hazel Moir co-leads the practice alongside Jim Drysdale. ‘Knowledgeable’ Catherine Bury is noted for handling rural transactional work, whilst ‘considerably experienced’ Stirling-based legal director Linda Tinson has a particular focus on succession planning, and land purchase, building on a her farming background.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is regularly involved in CHP and onshore renewable energy projects, with particular experience of advising landowners on wind, and acting for landowners and developers in hydro schemes. Noted for its historical strengths in the oil and gas sector, the firm is also being increasingly sought-after to assist oil and gas industry clients with opportunities in offshore wind. In addition, the practice is rounded out by projects spanning areas such as wave and tidal, carbon capture, transportation and storage. Clients include Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and Puffin Energy Limited. Peter Murray and Jim Drysdale co-head the practice. Neil Anderson and consultant Allan Collie are other notable individuals.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Environment

Ledingham Chalmers LLP garners a significant amount of environmental work from throughout Scotland, owing to its involvement in a number of sectors, such as forestry and fisheries, farming, renewable energy and oil and gas. Practice head Jim Drysdale is knowledgeable about a wide variety of matters, such as nature conservation, waste, contaminated land and fluvial/pluvial/diffuse pollution. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers has 26 years of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation experience, and represents insurance companies and local authorities in litigation involving environmental issues and in judicial review cases. Other key figures include planning head David Scott, commercial lawyer Peter Murray and commercial property partner John Smart. Sarah Stuart and Neil Anderson are also recommended.

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