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Alex Buchan

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Brodies LLP

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Land and rural business, real estate, licensing.


Alex is a partner in the land and rural business team acting for all types of rural businesses including some of the Scotland’s largest landowners. His practice encompasses all areas of rural property from traditional land uses, such as agriculture, forestry and sportings, through to diversified aspects, including renewables, minerals, residential and commercial development. He has extensive experience of running complex transactions and managing the delivery of the multi-departmental advice required to service the legal requirements of clients. Alex also heads up the firm’s licensing team.


Qualified 1996, partner Fyfe Ireland, WS 2004; associate Brodies LLP 2005, partner 2008.


Law Society of Scotland.


Aberdeen (LLB); Edinburgh (Dip LP).

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Brodies LLP's ‘first-class’ practice advises rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland on all corporate, commercial and litigation matters. Odell Milne provides ‘an exceptional strategic overview’, and specialises in compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and utility work. ‘Efficient, intelligent and good under pressure’, Kirsty Macpherson focuses on rural renewable energy matters.  Alex Buchan has ‘a commercial outlook’ and particular sector knowledge in commercial rural estates. Noted for her ‘great attention to detail in transactions’, Kate McLeish advises clients on a range of agricultural holdings. The group advised the GFG Alliance on the $330m acquisition of eight Estates, which involved an extensive review of agricultural and renewables leases, grazing and residential tenancies. In another highlight, it assisted the Litchfield Family with the sale of the whole issued share capital of Tulchan Sporting Estates to a Russian businessman, in a transaction that was affected by land ownership reform and a high level of public scrutiny. Clive Philips leads the practice.

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    Planning obligations 1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. 

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