Agriculture and rural

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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's 'collaborative and well connected' practice has particular expertise acting for clients in land transactions in the farming sector, where the team acts on both on the seller and buyer side of deals and has notable skill negotiating clawback agreements and clarifying titles to land in complex transactions. On the lender side, the team acts in commercial security transactions concerning agricultural land. Partner Jim Drysdale, an accredited specialist in agricultural law, has a strong knowledge of crofting and environmental law and carries out mediation for family businesses in disputes arising from the division of company shares.

Client feedback noted by Legal 500 include:

"The team have a breadth of experience and knowledge of their legal area but are willing to think out of the box."
"Linda Tinson, Jim Drysdale and Catherine Bury are all standout individuals."
"Linda Tinson is solution-orientated and typically has already researched a solution before presenting a problem."
"Linda Tinson and Jim Drysdale both make a point of keeping abreast of current legislation and both have a very good understanding of all aspects of agriculture."