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Hamish Lean

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Rural Business and Renewables


Hamish Lean has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in agricultural law since 2000 and deals with an exclusively agricultural and rural client base.  He has a particular interest in agricultural tenancy law but advises frequently in respect of the purchase and sale of agricultural land, the formation, structure and winding up of agricultural businesses, onshore renewable energy projects and agricultural subsidy matters.  He is regularly invited to speak publically in relation to agricultural law matters and appears frequently in the Scottish Land Court representing agricultural landlords and tenants in relation to tenancy disputes. His recent cases in the Scottish Land Court in 2017 include acting on behalf of the landlord in respect of the case of J&S Wight Ltd v the McGowan Family where the applicants sought to establish a fully secure agricultural tenancy over the farm of Duntilland.  The landlords were successful in establishing that no secure agricultural tenancy existed.  He acted on behalf of the tenant in the case of Lewis v Hunter which involved an attempt by the landlord to irritate an agricultural lease on the grounds of alleged breaches of the lease. The tenant was successful in her defence to the action.  He acted on behalf of the appellant in the case of Morrison v Scottish Ministers when the Land Court upheld an agricultural subsidy appeal against the Scottish Ministers.  All of these cases were reported in 2017.  


Trained with Clark Oliver, Arbroath and Forfar, partner Thorntons WS Forfar 1988, partner Maclean & Lowson Solicitors, Forfar 1992, partner Blackadders Solicitors, Forfar and Dundee 2004, partner Stronachs 2009, partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2017.


Trustee of RSABI, Scotland’s leading agricultural charity, member of the Agricultural Law Association, member of the Scottish Association of Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers, Committee Member of Law Society of Scotland Rural Affairs Committee, Committee Member of the National Farmers Union of Scotland Legal and Technical Committee.


Edinburgh University Diploma in Legal Practice 1984


Drumming in a blues band, cinema, literature, hillwalking

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team stands out for its ability to ‘speak a language that agricultural clients understand’ in its advice on a variety of complex rural matters that includes transactional work, in addition to business support and renewable energy projects. Peter Misselbrook leads the practice and acts for a number of large estate owners and farmers, with a particular expertise on hunting matters. Misselbrook advised the Invercauld Estates on the sale of one of its grouse moors, in a transaction that involved an amendment and re-grant of the client’s sporting agreement and issues regarding access and overlapping historic estate titles. ‘KnowledgeableRichard Leslie advised the Lothian Family Trust on the sale of agricultural land in the Scottish Borders, which required contractual arrangements to safeguard a Roman road on the estate. Hugh Smith is assisting Brookfield Renewable with securing Option Agreements over potential compensatory planting areas in order to comply with Scottish Forestry Commission obligations. The team expanded in April 2017 with the recruitment of Hamish Lean from Stronachs LLP, who is recommended for his ‘strength in finding practical solutions’.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries

Within: Personal tax, trusts and executries

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘good on all accounts’ and its team is able to offer ‘a high level of personal service’. The team advises clients on high-end domestic matters such as complex wills, trusts and estate planning, and more complex matters, including multi-jurisdictional tax planning and compliance. Consultant Charles Scott joined the Aberdeen office in January 2017 alongside rural law expert Hamish Lean , greatly boosting the firm’s coverage in northeast Scotland. The ‘calm and authoritative’ Malcolm Rust leads the team, and is noted for his ‘in-depth’ understanding of private client work. Dual Scots and English law qualified Christopher McGill stands out for his work in executry matters, and regularly handles cross-border and international issues, pertaining to various Crown Dependencies, Dubai, France and Spain. ‘Sound, reliable and a pleasure to deal with’, senior associate Douglas Sinclair has particular expertise in complex UK and offshore tax matters, in addition to trust and partnership issues.

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