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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.

Rural Business

Our experienced team advises a wide range of rural businesses on their commercial, tax and succession requirements.  Our strong reputation in the rural sector together with our considerable private client expertise provides a comprehensive service for our clients.

We understand the long-term nature of many rural businesses including farms and estates, which have been in a family for generations.  We can offer the right combination of skills and experience to ensure that the land ownership and business is protected for future generations.

Inheritance tax planning

We understand the importance of tax and succession planning for farmers and rural landowners and have considerable experience advising on business structures which maximise Inheritance Tax (IHT) reliefs, for example where the business may have plans to diversify into wind, water or solar power.  We can also advise in relation to businesses with a mix of farming and let properties in order make the most of the available IHT reliefs.

We can review any existing structure and advise of any opportunities which may bring benefits, as well as ensuring that Wills tie in with business arrangements. We always recommend planning ahead in order to reduce the risk of having to sell valuable assets to pay unexpected tax liabilities.

Partnerships

We regularly advise our land owning and farming clients on business structures including those in traditional partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships.  Our advice often involves preparing, renewing or adjusting existing partnership agreements, as well as on the consequences of any changes, particularly in relation to legal rights, tax, profit share and capital ownership.

Trusts

We have particular expertise in relation to setting up Trusts in order to protect clients and their families and to ensure assets are passed down successfully.  There are a number of options for farmers and landowners which provide this protection, as well as flexibility, and we can advise on the most favourable option based on clients’ wishes and circumstances. For more information on Trusts, see here.

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