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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

SUITE A3, STIRLING AGRICULTURAL CENTRE, STIRLING, FK9 4RN, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 01786 478100
Fax:
Fax 01786 477339
Email:
Web:
www.ledinghamchalmers.com

Jim Drysdale

Tel:
Work 01786 478100
Email:
Web:
www.ledinghamchalmers.com
Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Work Department

Rural.

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

French.

Member

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

Education

Winchester College; University of Aberdeen (1978 LLB).

Leisure

Outdoor pursuits.


Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Jim Drysdale - Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's 'collaborative and well connected' practice has particular expertise acting for clients in land transactions in the farming sector, where the team acts on both on the seller and buyer side of deals and has notable skill negotiating clawback agreements and clarifying titles to land in complex transactions. On the lender side, the team acts in commercial security transactions concerning agricultural land. Partner Jim Drysdale, an accredited specialist in agricultural law, has a strong knowledge of crofting and environmental law and carries out mediation for family businesses in disputes arising from the division of company shares.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

At Ledingham Chalmers LLP, the energy practice spans the firm's corporate, litigation, construction, agriculture and commercial property departments. The group has also strengthened its position in the renewables market and recently acted for several landowners on onshore renewable projects. Corporate partner Peter Murray and agriculture specialist Jim Drysdale jointly lead the group.

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Scotland: Real estate

Environment

Within: Environment

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is best known for its expertise in the oil and gas, renewable energy, forestry, fisheries and farming sectors but the team also handles instructions involving other industries. Recent work includes oil leak, water supply and flooding issues alongside matters arising from renewable energy projects. The 'trustworthy' Jim Drysdale heads the team from Stirling.

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