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Planning for Afforestation

Planning for Afforestation

Safe as Houses

With strong commercial reasons for doing so, many land and property owners have diversified into holiday letting to benefit from this captive market. 

Employment Law – three things to note

Employment Law - three things to note

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)


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

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

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News and insights

Carbon sequestration under the Woodland Carbon Code: Some important considerations

With the surge in interest and corresponding hike in the value of tree planting, we discuss some important considerations when looking at land opportunities.

OnFARM podcast: Supporting women in agriculture

The latest episode of OnFARM on supporting women in agriculture, with Anna Davies, Gillespie Macandrew’s Lois Newton, Amy Geddes, and Aylett Roan.

Planning for Afforestation

Planning for Afforestation

Reminder on Public Access Rights

Perhaps most feel they are familiar with the principle, but some aspects are less well known, and some have been the subject of litigation over the past decade.

OnFARM podcast: RHET at the Royal Highland Show

Listen to the latest OnFARM podcast recorded at the Royal Highland Show 2022, featuring members of the our Land and Rural Business team.

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