Jim Drysdale > Ledingham Chalmers LLP > Stirling, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Ledingham Chalmers LLP
SUITE A3
STIRLING AGRICULTURAL CENTRE
STIRLING
FK9 4RN
Scotland

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.

Memberships

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.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Leading individuals)

Jim DrysdaleLedingham Chalmers LLP

Praised for its ‘practical, pragmatic and personable approach’, Ledingham Chalmers LLP assists clients across the length and breadth of Scotland with a variety of agriculture and estate mandates. Group co-head Hazel Moir shines in property purchases and sales, while fellow group lead Linda Tinson focuses on succession planning, diversification, family business and structure, agricultural holdings and general tenancy matters. Meanwhile, the practice of Jim Drysdale, an accredited agricultural law specialist, revolves around complex crofting and environmental law issues. In April 2020, Gary Webster joined as a partner from Macleod & MacCallum.