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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

Rural Health and Safety: Reporting workers injuries.

I recently gave a presentation to a group of farmers in relation to the recording of accidents and incidents on farms and their obligations…


Posted on 25th May 2018

Managing Public Access Rights

The 'right to roam' has been in the news again recently, with the decision by the Inner House of the Court of Session in a case where an…


Posted on 24th May 2018

LBTT 3 Yearly Lease Returns

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) was introduced in Scotland on 1 April 2015 for transactions involving residential and commercial…


Posted on 10th April 2018

New Code of Practice for Tenanted Agricultural Holdings

The Scottish Land Commission, through the Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, has continued its programme of providing…


Posted on 9th March 2018

Potatoes in Peril - The Dangers of Crop Spray Drift

Glyphosate is the number one selling weed killer globally. Its use continues to be topical and indeed, controversial. In November 2017, the…


Posted on 9th March 2018

Changes to the Private Water Supply Regulations

Do you provide water to others from a private source? The Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations…


Posted on 6th February 2018

Ownerless property – When is your property not your property?

With the increase in numbers of Voluntary Registrations in the map-based Land Register, it has become apparent that some people, quite…


Posted on 1st February 2018

Salmon Fishings - Who owns the rights to fish?

Members of Thorntons Land & Rural Business team were delighted to attend the opening of River Tay 2018 salmon fishing season yesterday…


Posted on 16th January 2018

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