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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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)…

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 …

Posted on 16th January 2018

Agricultural issues addressed at Farming Scotland Conference

The challenges and concerns facing the agricultural industry were discussed last week at the annual Farming Scotland Conference.

Posted on 8th January 2018

Private Residential Tenancies: An Update for Landlords

As of 1 December 2017 a wholesale reform of the private letting market has taken effect by way of the Private Housing (Tenancies)(…

Posted on 20th December 2017

New Sporting Rights Code of Practice issued

In the agricultural world, it is not unusual for landowners to let their land whilst retaining the sporting rights.


Posted on 14th December 2017

The Modern Limited Duration Tenancy

With effect from 30 November 2017, a new type of tenancy for farms and agricultural lands has been introduced under the Land Reform (…

Posted on 1st December 2017

The Eviction of Short Assured Tenancies

Are you a Landlord of a private residential property in Scotland? If so – are you prepared for 1 December 2017?

On that date,…

Posted on 6th November 2017

Queensferry Crossing... but for a Queen's Ransom?

Could your land be subject to compulsory acquisition for an infrastructure project?
Following the much anticipated recent opening…

Posted on 6th November 2017

Search is on to Identify Scottish Sheep and Beef Farming Ambassadors

The organisers of two high profile awards for livestock farmers in Scotland, are urging farmers and others involved in the industry to…

Posted on 13th September 2017