James is an accredited specialist in agricultural law and heads our Agricultural and Rural Property team, based in our Edinburgh office.
He advises a wide range of clients with interests in rural Scotland, from individual landowners and farming businesses to institutional clients and governmental and non-governmental organisations.
This broad practice area involves traditional transaction based work of purchase, sale and lease of all classes of rural property and also non traditional, largely diversification driven, activities particularly focussed around renewable energy developments.
James is also experienced in advising on strategies for tax efficient succession planning, particularly in the context of the family business and his broad private client practice sees him working, often in close collaboration with other professional advisors, to provide bespoke advice and outcomes tailored to the needs of the individual client and the next generation.
James is accredited as a specialist in agricultural law by the Law Society of Scotland and writes and lectures regularly on agricultural law and rural property matters. He is Clerk of the WS Society, Honorary Consul for Portugal in Edinburgh and a Notary Public.
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What our clients and peers say
Very professional’ team head James Rust, who ‘has superb knowledge of complex issues’ and ‘is easy to work with’, advised the Scottish Wildlife Trust on the establishment of a community-based hydroelectric joint venture scheme and related crofting issues.