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We act for Tornagrain Limited, part of the Moray Estates group, in connection with the development of the Tornagrain new town.

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We act for Viking Energy Wind Farm LLP in respect of the major wind farm development on mainland Shetland.

Family Matters – Legal Considerations for Parents and Carers

Becoming a parent can also be all consuming, but there are a number of legal matters you should

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12 April 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

Join us at Fife Show

On 21 May, members of our team will be at Fife Show.

07 April 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

National Test Programme

By Marcus Downie

The Government’s overarching aim is to pass a new Agricultural Bill and for replacement framework and legislation to be in...

05 April 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

Land based tax reforms in Scotland?

By Lisa Macpherson-Fletcher

The report includes substance from various other sources and specifically ties into A Framework for Tax, published by the Scottish...

04 April 2022 | Time to read: 5 mins

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022

By Sam Conington

Parliament has given Local Authorities until 1st October 2022 to establish a licencing scheme in their area.

31 March 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

Natural Capital and Existing Leases

By Amy Eakin

Carbon capture and how landowners might be able to capitalise on it has been at the forefront of the rural...

28 March 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

OnFARM podcast: Access to knowledge through NFU Scotland’s legal helpline

By Alan White Jamie Seath,

OnFARM producer Dave Howard visited law firm Gillespie Macandrew, whose Land and Rural Business team manages NFU Scotland’s legal helpline.

24 March 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Recent Slurry Regulations: due diligence is imperative

By Marcus Downie

The aim of these regulations is to minimise leakage from stores and to reduce ammonia emissions caused by imprecise spreading...

03 March 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Gillespie Macandrew bolsters land and rural business team with promotion of Lois Newton to partner

By Robert Graham-Campbell Lois Newton,

Leading Scottish law firm, Gillespie Macandrew has promoted experienced rural lawyer Lois Newton to partner.

02 February 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

Know your roots: Responsibilities for a fallen tree

By Rachael Burke

Scotland is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, the same however cannot...

01 February 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Legal issues in Agri-Tourism

By Jamie Seath

Many Agri-Tourism businesses include interactive experiences involving livestock, which presents its own set of risks to manage.

28 January 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins

The Register of Persons holding a Controlled Interest in Land

By Eilidh Adams

The Register of Controlled Interests in Land (RCI), part of the Scottish Government’s land reform agenda, will go live on...

01 January 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Repairing Standard to farmhouses

By Sam Conington

In 2019 the Scottish Government made changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 and one of these changes is that...

21 December 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

Green Opportunities – How Nature Can Work for Landowners and Investors

Over the last 18 months the Covid-19 pandemic dominated our lives, however as always, the climate crisis was lurking in...

13 December 2021 | Time to read: 1 min

OnFARM podcast: SAYFC visit to Learielaw Farm

By David Halligan

OnFARM's Ross Montague and Gillespie Macandrew's Dave Halligan tag along for one of the visits, to Learielaw Farm in Broxburn...

02 December 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

Carbon sequestration under the Woodland Carbon Code: Some important considerations

By Robert Scott-Dempster

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

19 November 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

There Will Be Mud

By Cheryl Hogg

With wet weather and the darker days leading to less visibility, farmers are reminded of their potential liability for leaving...

19 November 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

A spotlight on partnership property and Inheritance Tax

By Lisa Macpherson-Fletcher

A spotlight on partnership property and Inheritance Tax.

25 October 2021 | Time to read: 1 min

OnFARM podcast: Supporting women in agriculture

By Lois Newton

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

18 August 2021 | Time to read: 4 mins

Staycationers – Opportunity or Liability for Landowners?

By Elaine Kennedy-Walton

Wild camping, motor-homing, caravanning and outdoor pursuits such as paddle boarding are all seeing massive surge in popularity.

18 August 2021 | Time to read: 2 mins

Staycationers – Money from the Aire? Opportunities for Landowners and Tenants

By Elaine Kennedy-Walton

With current trends towards caravanning and motor-homing there has also been demand in Scotland for more Aires which are common...

22 July 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

Farm safety – the “seen” and “unseen” hazards

By David Halligan

Farm Safety Week across the United Kingdom is important in highlighting most common categories of workplace dangers and hazards in...

22 June 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

Paying farmers to retire: political havering or right on the money?

By Mike Blair

The scheme as proposed would see farmers receive a one-off payment of up to £100k for surrendering their land or...

31 May 2021 | Time to read: 4 mins

Register of Controlling Interests

By Murray Soutar

The Scottish Government implemented a key part of its Land Reform vision when new regulations came into force on 1st...

27 May 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

Refund Rights

By Sam Conington

The question of refunds can become a grey area.

27 May 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

Tier 3 and it’s off to the countryside we go……

For land managers: a calm head, regular checking of land, dialogue and education will all be key in navigating through...

27 May 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

Say Cheese, Please

By David Halligan

The viability of any businesses, especially those of farming and rural business, is dependent on cashflow and lending to further...

10 February 2021 | Time to read: 4 mins

Mediation – what is it and how does it work?

By Alan White

Mediation, once a little known or understood concept, now becoming recognised as an effective tool for businesses and landowners alike.

03 February 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

Relinquishment

By Jennifer Munro

The relinquishment rules introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 are being brought into force on 28 February this...

03 February 2021 | Time to read: 4 mins

A year of change…..and there’s more on the way

By Sam Conington

A year of change…..and there’s more on the way With the Tenant’s Amnesty, Brexit and of course Covid-19, 2020 was...

18 January 2021 | Time to read: 9 mins

Land Reform Update

By Mike Blair

Land and Rural Business Partner, Mike Blair discusses a 25 year perspective of Land Reform.

15 October 2020 | Time to read: 4 mins

Right to roam vs right to privacy

With people urged to stay at home, the right to privacy saw a revived importance in our new way of...

20 April 2020 | Time to read: 4 mins

The Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development

By Alan White

Over a number of years there have been various pieces of land reform legislation including the Community Right to Buy...

13 December 2019 | Time to read: 4 mins

Family law implications of building ‘Grand Designs’ on legacy land

By Melissa Strachan

Self-building gives you the opportunity to design a one-off family home that ticks all the boxes: design, living requirements and,...

26 November 2019 | Time to read: 2 mins

Safeguard your rural family business

By Lindsay Bryce MacKay

Many potential issues might be avoided if a Will is put in place.

18 July 2019 | Time to read: 4 mins

The Fatal Five

By Alan White

Pause before undertaking an activity and consider the risks posed and how you can reduce them.

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