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Associate - Rural Land and Business

We have an opportunity for an Associate (5 years+ PQE) within our highly regarded Rural Land & Business Department based in our Edinburgh office.

The team has a proud history of providing specialist legal advice to the rural sector, working with long-established clients through the generations, and helping new clients coming into the market.

We have an outstanding client base that includes major estate owners, owner-occupiers, tenants, commercial lenders, property investors, family businesses, charities, community bodies, and private individuals. These include The Buccleuch Estates Limited, Crown Estate Scotland, and The National Trust for Scotland to name a few.

The role will involve

  • Acting on behalf of our retained Estate and landowning clients including advising on residential, agricultural, sporting, and commercial leases
  • Undertaking sales/purchases of estates, forestry, farms, country houses, steading conversions/plots, and cottages
  • Undertaking security work for commercial lenders
  • Representing landowners in all aspects of rural property work and providing clear, practical, and commercial advice for clients
  • Providing advice on the impact of law reform
  • Undertaking and managing a personal workload
  • Actively participating in business development opportunities

Team Expertise

The team has two specialists accredited in Agricultural Law by the Law Society of Scotland and regularly contributes to professional bodies representing the rural sector.  Practice head John Mitchell and Adele Nicol advise on agricultural tenancies on behalf of both tenants and landlords, and offer significant transactional experience, while other key team members include Anne ChapmanFiona GibbSheonagh Richards, and Robin Beattie.

Don’t just take our word for it…Legal 500 testimonials

‘The depth of experience which the team at Anderson Strathern has gathered in working with rural estate clients allows them to seamlessly handle large, complex, and high value transactions as well as supporting day to day operational matters and queries. The advice provided by the team is enhanced by experience in the forestry, energy and commercial sectors as well as in the agricultural sphere.’

‘Anderson Strathern is the “go to” firm, as far as I am concerned, for rural property issues. When I am asked for a recommendation it is always Anderson Strathern. The team is efficient; approachable and very knowledgeable in this complex area of law.’

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