Sportings, environment and conservation
We provide advice and support relating to the ongoing management of property including:
- Preparation of agreements
- Advice in relation to licensing
- Vicarious liability considerations
- Compliance and guidance on day to day matters
Shooting in Scotland is under close scrutiny by the Scottish Government but remains an important part of the rural economy. As well as acting for clients in the purchase and sale of land with valuable shooting opportunities we also help in the preparation and negotiation of sporting leases and provide advice on the interaction between the competing interests of sporting and farming tenants.
Our clients include landowners with valuable fishing beats on some of the best fishing rivers in Scotland. We regularly provide advice on leasing and syndication of fishing interests, the wild fisheries review, salmon kill licenses and other conservation matters.
Deer stalking is important in Scotland for controlling the wild deer populations but also for the economy with parties of stalkers returning year on year to the remotest parts of Scotland to enjoy not only the stalk but the beautiful Scottish countryside.
We work with clients with the best stalking in Scotland and can provide support on all aspects of law required to take advantage of this natural resource.
The construction of legislation intended to protect Scottish wildlife is of significant interest for landowners in recent years. This is largely due to the introduction of vicarious liability and costly penalties to subsidy schemes. We provide advice on how to ensure compliance with legislation and can help if an action is raised against you. For more information on the services we provide click here
As well as proving employment throughout remote areas and contributing to the economy, wild deer are an important asset to Scotland. The recent Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 has provided Scottish National Heritage with increased powers to control and manage deer in Scotland and our experts are well placed to advise clients on what this means for them in practice.
Landowners in Scotland are the custodians of and responsible for much of the natural environment. The natural resources are a credit to the country but landowners are faced with a wealth of regulation to which they must adhere in order to maintain the environment in such condition.
We provide practical advice on environmental compliance as well as the other consequences of being an owner of land governed by the many types of environmental regulation.