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Hamish Lean

Hamish Lean

Partner

Expertise

  • Planning and Environment
  • Private Client
  • Privately Owned Business Solutions
  • Real Estate

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Profile
One of the North East's leaders in rural law, Hamish is top ranked in his field by the leading independent legal directories Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Highly regarded for his experience and depth of knowledge of rural and agricultural matters, Hamish is thoroughly immersed in the sector. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Agricultural Law, and he sits on the Law Society of Scotland's Rural Affairs Committee, the NFUS Legal and Technical Committee and is a member of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association. He is also a Trustee of RSABI, Scotland’s leading agricultural charity. "He is technically very able, very visible in this sector and very active, especially on tenancy work. He knows the law and the best way to use it for his client, and he has a high profile within the industry."
Areas of Practice

Planning and Environment | Private Client | Privately Owned Business Solutions | Real Estate

Articles

The Tenant Farming Commissioner’s code of practice on the conduct of rent reviews
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

The Tenant Farming Commissioner’s Code of Practice on the Conduct of Rent Reviews contains a useful summary of the law applicable to rent reviews and provides recommended steps for the conduct of the rent review itself. If the rent can’t be agreed by simple discussion or exchange of letters then the Code of Practice sets out a timetable that the parties should follow unless both parties have agreed otherwise...

Not Every Lease of Land is an Agricultural Lease
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

When is an agricultural lease not an agricultural lease? An agricultural lease provides a tenant with various rights, including security of occupation for the agreed length of the lease. That might be for five or 10 years or longer under a fixed duration tenancy or even for the foreseeable future, if the lease is a traditional lease entered into before November 28 2003. However, not every lease of land is an agricultural lease. Whether it is or not depends on the purpose of the lease...

Health and Safety in Agriculture: Farmers Urged to Make Safety a Priority
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

Health and safety issues in the agricultural and rural sector are a matter of considerable concern. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging farmers to make safety a priority to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in the sector. This recent campaign was prompted by four fatalities over a fortnight, coming only weeks after Farm Safety Week...

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