Crofting law & legal advice
Our team has extensive knowledge of the law related to crofting, with lead Partner Calum MacLeod, a fluent Gaelic speaker, advising both crofters and landowners on all crofting law matters.
Crofts are underpinned by statute - largely now the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 - and are regulated by the Crofting Commission. Crofting legislation in Scotland affects crofts contained within certain specified "crofting counties". Traditionally these were the counties of Argyll, Caithness, Inverness, Orkney, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland and Zetland.
We have experience of advising on the best methods of developing on croftland and adopting the best approach depending on the circumstances.
We are able to provide specialist advice on both renewable energy and crofting law, which is becoming an increasingly important combination.
Calum MacLeod is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Rural Affairs Committee and is a frequent contributor to high level discussions on crofting law reform. In addition to frequent TV and radio appearances, he regularly presents on matters such as crofting and renewables at major conferences.
Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession notes Harper Macleod as being "experienced in crofting law matters and the development of croftland".
Our key services include:
We advise crofting landlords, crofting tenants, owner-occupiers, and those developing on croftland, on a number of matters such as:
- Advising developers on croftland
- Applications to the Crofting Commission, including apportionment, and subdivision
- Community Rights to Buy and Land Reform
- Crofting and renewables
- Drafting and advising on applications to the Land Court including Section 19A applications, and others
- Exercise of the crofters rights to buy
- Purchase of crofting estates
- Resumption applications and decrofting applications.
- Sale of crofting estates
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We are recognised as a ‘Noted firm’ in Agriculture & Rural Affairs by Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession.Chambers UK
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