More than just traditional rural solicitors

Our team operates throughout Scotland, advising rural businesses of all types and size, including some of the country's leading rural sector bodies.

The breadth and depth of our team, and the work we carry out across the sector, means we’re fully immersed in rural affairs and able to understand and share your perspective on the challenges and opportunities you face.

From our bases across the country, in Inverness, Lerwick, Thurso, Glasgow and Edinburgh, our rural lawyers are on hand wherever and whenever you need us.

The rural business team also accesses a range of skills and expertise from across Harper Macleod’s full range of services, allowing us to advise far beyond the scope of the ‘traditional’ rural solicitor.

We work closely with colleagues in our market leading energy & natural resources team to enable you to maximise opportunities to exploit your natural resources, including wind, water and minerals.

Trust, estate planning and asset protection advice is provided in conjunction with our large team delivering personal legal services.

Advice on partnerships, family charters and constitutions and potential exits is delivered through our family-owned business specialists in the corporate team.

Our rural property experience also sees us regularly work with the leading banks and financial institutions on funding and refinancing rural businesses.

We are the sole supplier of property legal services to Scotland’s biggest landowner, Forestry Commission Scotland. We also act for a number of other leading rural sector bodies, including Scottish National Heritage,  Cairngorms National Park Authority and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority.

We are the sole supplier of property legal services to Scotland’s biggest landowner, Forestry Commission Scotland.

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Our services include:

  • Commercial projects, including joint venture agreements, leisure developments and diversification
  • Employment issues
  • Estate planning and asset protection
  • Land acquisitions and disposals, including development sales
  • Land and estate management, including access rights, agricultural tenancies and sporting and fishing rights
  • Land registration
  • Mineral and coal extraction agreements
  • Planning
  • Property litigation
  • Renewable energy
  • Secured lending and refinancing

The implementation of an estate planning project went very smoothly, thanks to the unique combination of expertise, professionalism and friendly personalities. The team demonstrated great depth and breadth of experience when dealing with the project, which spanned a variety of farming, business and property interests. I would not hesitate to recommend Harper Macleod: they offer high quality advice together with empathy and understanding of their clients’ needs.

Kate Baxter, Baxter Accounting & Tax Services

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