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Jim Drysdale

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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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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

The ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ team at Ledingham Chalmers LLP ‘guides its clients through tricky situations’ and is praised for its ‘attention to detail’. Family businesses, banks and lenders regularly instruct the team to advise on transactional, succession planning and leasing matters, including renewable energy leases while also handling contentious work. The team assisted Scottish Enterprise with a number of agricultural leasing matters pertaining to the client’s property portfolio. Jim Drysdale heads the team, which includes Hazel Moir, who was elevated to the partnership and ‘is easy to work with’. Allan Collie retired.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Peter Murray and Allan Collie jointly head the team at Ledingham Chalmers LLP, which is experienced in schemes connected with onshore and offshore wind, hydropower and wave projects, as well as CHP schemes. Other areas of strength include carbon capture, transportation and storage projects. In 2016, consultant Malcolm Laing and Craig Wilson acted for Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group on the sale of a 25% interest in Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited to Swedish energy company Vattenfall. Jim Drysdale and Neil Anderson are other notable practitioners in the team, which has a particularly strong track record acting for landowners and developers.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Environment

Ledingham Chalmers LLP advises public and private sector clients located across Scotland on a full range of environmental issues, including contaminated land issues, matters related to salmon and freshwater fisheries, water and drainage, and nature conservation. Jim Drysdale, who has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental law arena, heads the practice, which includes David Scott, who is singled out for his combined expertise in planning and environmental matters. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers, who has 26 years of experience of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation, undertakes a significant amount of work for local authorities, including judicial reviews of planning decisions (which involve environmental issues). Other names to note are Sarah Stuart, John Smart and Peter Murray.

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