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Agricultural Tenancies

Agricultural Law is tightly regulated by Agricultural Holdings legislation. This is a complex area of law so it is important to have up-to-date and expert advice on its impact on your business.

Also, many farmers are now diversifying into non-agricultural businesses, including renewable energy, farm shops, specialised food products, and leisure and hospitality. There can be several legal aspects of a rural diversification project you will need to consider, such as compliance with tenancy legislation and brand protection.

How can Thorntons help?


Our Land and Rural Business team has developed a strong reputation for advising on all aspects of Agricultural Law. With a team which includes specialists who have been accredited by The Law Society of Scotland, we are well placed to advise both landlords and tenants across Scotland in connection with:

  • Traditional, secure agricultural tenancies
  • Limited duration tenancies
  • Short limited duration tenancies
  • Grazing and mowing leases
  • Renunciation, resumption and termination
  • Statutory notices
  • Compensation payments
  • Repairs and renewals
  • Contract farming agreements
  • Rural diversification projects
  • Land Court disputes
  • Tenant’s Right to Buy

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