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Clock is Ticking on Tenant’s Amnesty for Improvements

Tenants who are considering using the tenant’s amnesty procedure now have just 8 months left to formally notify their landlord about…


Posted on 15th October 2019

Community Right to Buy Abandoned or Neglected Land

We have all been there, walking along a street or path, enjoying the sunshine and surroundings until, there it is, that unkempt, neglected…


Posted on 3rd October 2019

Succession of Agricultural Tenancies

The importance of succession planning should not be overlooked.  Without a suitable strategy in place, the death of a farmer will not only…


Posted on 1st October 2019

Mountain Biking and Taming the Wild Trails

Mountain biking has gained traction in Scotland, with its popularity seemingly climbing steeply overnight.  This has been noticed by the…


Posted on 29th August 2019

Beauty and the heap: a rocky approach to Public Access Rights

A Welsh Sheep Farmer recently made the news when he filled a quarry with 60 tonnes of slate because he was frustrated with people spoiling…


Posted on 18th July 2019

Scottish Beavers Declared a Protected Species

On 1 May beavers received legal protection in Scotland as a European protected species, meaning lethal control can only be carried out…


Posted on 14th May 2019

What does the blocked Sainsbury’s-ASDA merger mean for businesses

The proposed merger between Asda and Sainsbury’s will not go ahead following a definitive final report from the Competition and Markets…


Posted on 2nd May 2019

The cost of Fly-tipping to land owners

It has been estimated that it costs Local Authorities £8.9 million each year to clear up fly-tipping from Council owned land. Fly-tipping…


Posted on 2nd May 2019

Livestock Worrying – Proposed Protection of Livestock (Scotland) Bill

In Scotland, the public benefits from the right to enjoy and access the countryside, but over recent years this has been partnered with an…


Posted on 8th April 2019

Increase in Agricultural Wages 2019

The minimum wage for agricultural workers in Scotland can be different to the minimum wage payable in other jobs as their wages are…


Posted on 26th March 2019

New Guidance on Community Right To Buy Abandoned, Neglected Or Detrimental Land

Guidance has recently been produced by the Scottish Government in relation to the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or…


Posted on 26th March 2019

Spotlight on insurable risks and tax management for the agricultural sector

Forfar rural businesses offered advice to prepare for developments in the industry Leading law firm, Thorntons, and Scotland’s largest…


Posted on 4th March 2019

A Burning Issue – Changes to Agricultural Waste Disposal Regulations

Waste management – and in particular the reduction of waste and increase in recycling rates – is a key issue for the Scottish Government…


Posted on 1st February 2019

Bringing Farmhouses Up To Standard

The Scottish Government announced late last year that rented farmhouses and other tenanted agricultural housing will no longer be exempt…


Posted on 1st February 2019

Updated Guidance on Conducting Agricultural Rent Reviews

In 2015, the Scottish Government’s Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, the National Farmers Union of Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates…


Posted on 18th January 2019

Agricultural insurable risks and legal expenses cover.

I recently concluded a court action relating to glyphosate contamination of potatoes where, amongst other things, the issue of insurance…


Posted on 16th October 2018

The Acceleration of Voluntary Registration of Title

Most rural landowners in Scotland will already be well aware of the Scottish Government’s target to complete the registration of title for…


Posted on 28th September 2018

New Pilot Scheme to Bring 2500 Seasonal Workers to UK Farms

On Thursday 6 September, the UK Government Home Secretary and Environment Secretary announced a nationwide pilot scheme to bring seasonal…


Posted on 28th September 2018

Compulsory Purchase: what happens when land is surplus to requirements?

Compulsory Purchase is the legal process which allows, in some circumstances, privately owned property to be purchased for public use from…


Posted on 29th August 2018

Rural Diversification into Food and Drink

The difficulties caused by the recent weather have highlighted the fact that farming businesses are often at the mercy of the elements.  …


Posted on 28th August 2018

‘Transparent’ Land Ownership in Scotland Moves One Step Closer

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 made a number of changes to the way land ownership is, and will be, regulated. One of those changes was…


Posted on 3rd July 2018

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