At Morton Fraser we have highlighted clarity as our guiding principle.
This directs the way we communicate, the way we advise, the way we conduct relationships with our clients and the way we are totally transparent and upfront about our charges. This applies to all our services from the straightforward to the more complex.
Morton Fraser's Agricultural Law and Rural Property team in Scotland acts for a diverse client base, offering pragmatic and practical advice tailored to our clients' needs.
The team works with clients on the full range of agricultural business and rural property issues, ranging from agricultural leases and the purchase and sale of rural property to more specialised matters such as sporting rights, crofting and renewable energy.
Clear advice on Agricultural and rural property legal matters
Our aim is to help our clients cut through jargon and red tape and to provide clear guidance on the best course of action. Our team has years of experience in this complex area of practice, drawing directly from this experience to offer confident and clear advice. We aim to help people save time, avoid further difficulties, protect their assets and where possible, save or make money.
Benefits we bring
Our comprehensive approach sets us apart from other law firms. We are a full-service law firm and if required we can call on the assistance of other specialist teams within the firm - for example employment law or asset protection - to provide you with advice on all of your requirements. The Agricultural Law and Rural Team aims to give you consistent contact with one person – your personal adviser who matches your needs and works closely with you to give you cost-effective advice.
Our approach to fees
We don't want you to be surprised by the final bill we produce – that's why we will endeavour at the outset of every transaction to provide you with a fixed fee quote to give you clarity and certainty on costs. Where we can't do this, we will provide you with an estimated charge, which we will aim to convert to a fixed fee quote once the scope of the transaction becomes clearer.
Voluntary Land Registration
It is now a legal requirement for all land in Scotland to be entered onto the Land Register, with the intention for this to be completed by 2024. There is no requirement for owners to voluntarily register their land. Instead, they can rely on the Registers of Scotland to complete the task for them in due course. However, the boundaries of rural land are often complex and the rights (and obligations) attached sometimes unclear, so the option of leaving a third party to determine these for the purpose of land registration may be unattractive. This is where we can help.
Very knowledgeable in the agriculture field, practice head James Rust at Morton Fraser is experienced in advising on rural property, business structures, and succession planning.
- Legal 500
Rated: Agriculture and Rural Affairs
- Chambers & Partners
Rated: Agriculture and Estates
- Legal 500
Morton Fraser provides ‘a good level of service and sound advice’ on issues including farm sales, rights of way and sporting rights. James Rust heads the department, which includes ‘extremely professional’ associate Gail Watt.
- Legal 500
The ‘strong’ team at Morton Fraser is led by James Rust, who is ‘a first class leader with superb attention to detail’ and is supported by senior associate and ‘up and coming legal wizard’, Gail Watt.