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Agriculture and rural

Working across the farming, forestry, fisheries and food sectors, we advise landowners and tenants on current legislation.

Our experts, with more than 100 years’ combined expertise, handle work for farming, forestry, fisheries and food producers, as well as advising landowners and tenants on current legislation.

Our extensive experience also includes more specialised matters such as diversification, renewable energy, sporting rights, planning and environmental matters, equestrian law and dispute resolution.

Commended by international legal directory Chambers and Partners, our team is led by partners, Jim Drysdale and Hazel Moir, with rural business director Linda Tinson.

We provide a personal service with clear, informed advice.

As well as a presence in Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh, Ledingham Chalmers is the only practice in Scotland with offices in both the Thainstone Centre near Inverurie – one of Europe’s largest livestock markets – and United Auctions’ Agricultural Centre in Stirling.

Strategic business planning, including succession, structure, tax issues, resolution of disputes and dissolutions. We have supported family businesses and business families through the purchase and sale of rural property, commercial security transactions, land development, minerals, agricultural leases, succession planning, and land ownership issues.

What our clients and peers say

Research carried out by legal directory Legal 500 also comments on our agriculture and rural work:

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is steeped in agricultural law, and maintains a presence at Thainstone Agricultural Centre and Stirling Marts. The firm advises the range of rural businesses on all matters pertaining to land holdings and estates, in addition to more niche areas, such as sporting and fishing rights, equestrian law and crofting. ‘Friendly and efficient’ Hazel Moir co-leads the practice alongside Jim Drysdale. ‘Knowledgeable’ Catherine Bury is noted for handling rural transactional work, whilst ‘considerably experienced’ Stirling-based legal director Linda Tinson has a particular focus on succession planning, and land purchase, building on a her farming background.