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James is an accredited specialist in agricultural law and heads our Agricultural and Rural Property team, based in our Edinburgh office.

Business expertise

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 and a Notary Public.

What our clients and peers say: 

Clients say he is "easy to work with and get answers from."

Chambers and Partners 2019

"He has a great grasp of his subject and a fantastic personality - he's very good with clients," says an interviewee.

Chambers and Partners 2018

Have been a client since 1964, always had the best attention from James Rust over the years, top people who I regard as a personal friend.

Private Client

The ‘strong’ team at Morton Fraser is led by James Rust, who is ‘a first class leader with superb attention to detail’

Legal 500 2018/19

intelligent, knows the technical stuff and is a pleasure to deal with.

Chambers and Partners 2020
Chamber 2020


Law Society Accredited SpecialistChamber 2020