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Matthew Barclay


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Matthew is an Partner in the Agricultural & Rural team in the Edinburgh office.

Clients find Matthew approachable and easy to communicate with. He is pragmatic and finds solutions to get transactions done without unnecessary complications. He gives advice to clients in a clear way, setting out options.

Matthew is from farming stock having grown up on a family farm in Berwickshire, providing him with a solid understanding on the pressures which face rural businesses. 

Business expertise

Matthew advises a wide variety of private clients in connection with all matters relating to rural property, including the purchase and sale of Farms and Estates, voluntary registrations of title, commercial and agricultural leasing, forestry, crofting, renewables and security work.

Public Sector expertise

Matthew acts for a wide range of public sector organisations (from Local Authorities to Governmental Bodies) in relation to rural property interests in Scotland, in particular in relation to all aspects of agricultural leasing and crofting matters. 

Recent Content by Matthew Barclay

16 Jun 2021

Agricultural and Rural Team Appoints New Partner

Morton Fraser, one of the largest independent law firms in Scotland, has promoted Matthew Barclay to partner within its Agricultural and Rural team,...
Press Release
Michael Ramsay, Matthew Barclay
15 Mar 2021

Derelict properties - Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

Having become an avid 'Homes under the Hammer' and 'Location, Location, Location' viewer during lockdown, I have become quite open to the idea of...
Matthew Barclay
7 Dec 2020

Understanding the Woodland Carbon Code

The reduction of greenhouse emissions continues to be at the forefront of discussions regarding the global climate emergency, both in Scotland, and...
Matthew Barclay