One of Scotland's leading law firms has added to its Edinburgh Land and Rural Team with the arrival of a new partner. Linsey Barclay Smith, formerly a Senior Associate with Turcan Connell has joined Thorntons. One of Scotland's leading law firms has added to its Edinburgh Land and Rural Team with the arrival of a new partner. Linsey Barclay Smith, formerly a Senior Associate with Turcan Connell has joined Thorntons. Advising on a broad range of agricultural and rural property matters, and with a particular interest in rural land reform, Linsey brings considerable experience and knowledge to the Team. Linsey said: "I am joining Thorntons at a significant time in the development of the rural sector in Scotland. There are a many different issues facing the agricultural community, such as Land reform, CAP reform and the independence debate. "Thorntons has long had an excellent reputation for the land, property and rural business services it provides. I am looking forward to working with colleagues across Thorntons and adding to the expertise which the Firm currently possesses". A Glasgow University graduate, Linsey previously practised at Tods Murray and Shepherd and Weddberburn as well as in the Public Sector, within the Scottish Office and subsequently at the Law Society of Scotland, before joining Turcan Connell in 2004. This appointment is the second partner appointment to the Land and Rural Team this summer, with Thorntons welcoming Kenneth MacKay in June. Jack Robertson, Chairman of Thorntons, said: "It has been a busy summer for the Thorntons' Land and Rural Team. "We are delighted to be welcoming Linsey to the Firm this week and her experience and knowledge of agricultural law will be invaluable as we advance our strategic objectives in this area. Linsey is a well-regarded and respected solicitor in this area and we are delighted that she has chosen to join us. We are totally committed to providing an in-depth, innovative and responsive service to the rural sector and the investment we have made in our existing Land and Rural Team is evidence of that commitment. "Since the Firm opened its first office in Edinburgh 10 years ago, we have carefully and strategically extended our range of legal services and we are now delighted to be able to provide a comprehensive legal offering from our base in the Capital.