Michael Yellowlees > Lindsays > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Rural Services


Michael is a Partner and the Head of Lindsays Rural Property Team and is an accredited specialist in Agricultural Law.  He specialises in all aspects of rural property law, with particular expertise in the acquisition and disposal of high value estates and farms.  He also provides clients with specialised advice on agricultural holdings law, crofting law, mineral and sporting rights and renewable energy. 

He has developed a niche practice dealing with titles known as feudal dignities and related heraldic issues.  Michael’s clients include many large landed estates, such as the Argyll, Lochiel, Strathconon, Eishken and Murthly Estates, as well as numerous high net worth individuals and corporate bodies with rural and renewables interests throughout Scotland. Michael previously worked at the Registers of Scotland so is well placed to advise clients on the new land registration system in Scotland.  He also has a history degree and a PhD in Scottish History which nicely complements his feudal dignities and heraldic practice.


Michael qualified in 1993 and joined Lindsays in 2002 becoming a partner in 2005


Michael is a member of the Scottish Renewables Forum.


Edinburgh University – MA Honours History 1985; PHD Scottish History 1990; LLB 1992; Diploma in Legal Practice 1993.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Assisting a wide-ranging client roster, Lindsays concentrates its efforts on rural property matters, handling mandates related to large landed estates, the acquisition and sale of agricultural land, and agricultural tenancy and farming transactions. Viewed by some as ‘Scotland’s top practitioner in Barony purchases and sales’, practice head Michael Yellowlees also distinguishes the group by dint of his niche expertise in feudal dignities, Heraldic law and Clan law. Elsewhere in the group, Susan Law has a focus on renewable energy projects for both landowner and developer clients, especially onshore windfarms, while associate Tim Macdonald advises on agricultural tenancies and partnership issues.