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Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

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13 May 2024 | Time to read: 5 mins

Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

By Fraser Vandal

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

13 May 2024 | Time to read: 5 mins

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

By Stephen Gamba

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

05 April 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

By Robert Scott-Dempster

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

05 April 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Gillespie Macandrew announced as Great Glen 2024 sponsor

By Lois Newton

Gillespie Macandrew is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2024.

Land and Rural

As a preeminent and long-standing advisor to the rural sector, we understand the pressures and opportunities present in the sector and can support you in managing their implications.  Our advice covers all aspects of purchase and sales, leases, estate management, crofting, sportings, renewable energy and environmental considerations.  In addition, we can assist with land registration matters and have developed particular expertise supporting rural businesses realise their ambitions.

Purchase and sales

We can assist you in the purchase, sale and leasing of all types of rural properties including sporting estates, farms, forestry and country houses.  We will work with you to ensure the transaction is structured to meet your business and/or personal needs to account for any tax mitigation and future succession planning.  We are able to draw on the considerable expertise across the firm including our corporate, employment, private client and tax teams to provide you with a comprehensive and consistently high quality service.

Agricultural leases and crofting

Legislation surrounding both agricultural holdings and crofting has become some of the most complex areas of rural law in recent years.  Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, we can provide expert advice on your rights and obligations and well as offering support with future plans.

Our expertise includes:

  • Fixed duration tenancies
  • Right to Buy
  • Rent Review
  • Resolving Disputes
  • Secure tenancies
  • Succession
  • Transmission (lease assignation)

Diversification

We regularly advise landowners and tenants on a range of diversification projects and offer comprehensive advice on related planning, funding and tax matters.

We are at the forefront on the evolving carbon sequestration market and are already advising landowners and investors on the commercial opportunities in this area.

We can advise on:

  • Aquaculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Carbon capture
  • Farm contracts
  • Forestry
  • Leisure
  • Renewable energy
  • Retail
  • Telecoms

Related services

Our Land and Rural sector team brings together specialist expertise from the following teams:

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Key contacts

Our Rural sector team is one of the most highly regarded in the country and includes a number of agricultural law specialists.  Please get in touch with one of our team to find out how we can help you.

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There is a wonderful collective team that is able to deliver professional advice, and who are also not afraid to bring in other help when they think it’s in the client’s interest.

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