Our rural real estate solicitors deal with all aspects of rural law covering estates, forestry, farming, sporting and crofting and renewable energy. 

As a result, we work with a diverse range of private individuals and businesses with interests in the rural sector.  In addition to the more traditional areas of estates, farming and forestry, we work with clients involved in leisure activities, mining, energy and marine including fish farming.

As a result of the diversity of our rural clients, the team works closely with other sectors and divisions within the firm and in particular with our Private Client, Pensions, Tax and Trusts teams.

For more information on how our agricultural and rural property lawyers can help you, please get in touch. 

"The team is thorough and attentive. The lawyers do a good job – they understand the nuances of Scottish law, particularly in the rural sector." – Chambers, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Appointments bolster Shepherd and Wedderburn's rural team 

Hamish Lean Emma Robertson Alex Smith

Shepherd and Wedderburn has significantly boosted its leading rural practice with the appointment of three rural lawyers to its Aberdeen office, including one of the North East's leaders in rural law, Hamish Lean. 

Read more about the appointments here


Watch our videos

Rural Litigation Webinar: Wayleaves

In the first webinar of our new Rural Litigation series, our speakers share their knowledge and expertise of the current law surrounding wayleaves and discuss some recent key cases in this area.

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Rural Litigation Webinar: Private Residential Tenancies

In this webinar, our speakers give an update regarding the proposed private sector tenancy reform changes, with a rural property focus. They share their knowledge and expertise of the reforms and discuss the implications for clients owning rented rural properties.

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Private Estate Owner
Acting for a private estate owner in entering into a joint venture arrangement with a Hydro Operator, leasing land to the joint venture company for the construction of a Hydro Electric Scheme with associated security transaction and subsequent sale of the Estate.
Tenanted Borders Farm
Acting in the sale of a tenanted Borders Farm in two parts including all negotiations with the outgoing tenant and the two purchasers.
Acting for the Trustees of a traditional Lowland Estate in putting in place new agricultural tenancy arrangements.
Highland Clan
Acting for a Highland Clan in the disposal of consented land for development purposes.
Various Estates
Acting for various Estates in relation to negotiations with developers for wind and hydro projects.
A Pension Scheme
Acting for a Pension Scheme in relation to their Forestry portfolio including sales, acquisitions, management matters and renewable energy projects.
Castle in Angus
Sale of a Castle in Angus to an overseas buyer.
Family Farming Partnership
Acting on behalf of a family farming partnership in rent review negotiations with their landlord and subsequent purchase of the farm from the landlord with associated security work.