Graeme Leith > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
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Work Department

Land and Rural Business


Graeme Leith is an experienced practitioner in the Real Estate practice area and specialises in advising clients who are active in the rural sector. He is known by clients and intermediaries for providing commercial and pragmatic advice, using his legal and sector knowledge to help clients achieve the desired results.

Graeme leads our market-leading forestry practice and has been involved in many recent high-value and high-profile acquisitions and sales of forestry and planting land. Clients benefit from his thorough understanding of the forestry sector and its importance to the Scottish economy and society. He also acts for owners, occupiers, funders and developers in a broad range of transactions, including renewable energy schemes, development options, agricultural tenancies and the purchase and sale of farms and estates.


Trained at Storie, Cruden and Simpson, qualified in 2000. Joined Brodies 2005 and promoted to partner 2019


Law Society of Scotland


LLB Honours at Aberdeen University – 1993 to 1997. Diploma in Legal Practice at Aberdeen University, 1998


Hill-walking, running, music

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Agriculture and estates

The ‘excellent rural team‘ at Brodies LLP represents a large client base of rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland. The practice also advises on a mixture of estate acquisitions and sales, commercial rural estates, forestry issues, and land registration. Celebrated for his ‘very detailed knowledge and understanding of rural property and agricultural issues’, practice head Clive Phillips heads up the group, which features a number of agriculture-savvy solicitors. Odell Milne, for her part, has a special emphasis on compulsory purchase, utilities and Udal Law issues, while Alex Buchan principally focuses on agricultural tenancies, sporting rights, renewable developments and minerals extraction. Forestry expert Graeme Leith and Kate McLeish, who was promoted to partner in 2020, are other names to note.