Agricultural and Rural Leasing

Key contact

Morton Fraser Partner Matthew Barclay
Matthew Barclay
Matthew is a partner in the Agricultural & Rural team in the Edinburgh office.
0131 247 1079

Agricultural Holdings legislation provides for some of the most heavily regulated private contracts in Scots Law, and with ever evolving rules with that comes the need for expert advice.

Our team at Morton Fraser act for a wide variety of private, commercial and institutional clients, both as landlords and as tenants, across the full range of agricultural tenancies, from fully secured 1991 Act tenancies, Limited Duration Tenancy types to Grazing/Mowing Agreements.

How we can help you

Your aim may be to secure IHT reliefs, perhaps you simply wish to enjoy the convenience of having your land looked after by a contractor, or you wish to ensure that there is a valid bequest of your tenancy to the next generation. We will ensure that your arrangements are fit for purpose and tailored to your specific needs. Our expert team covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, working with our clients to provide clear, concise advice.

Whether you are a grazing tenant of a few acres of land, a farmer wishing to review your inheritance tax (IHT) position or a Scottish estate owner who has a suite of let farms, our team has the experience and the knowledge to assist you.

Our working knowledge of both the 1991 Act tenancy regime and the post-2003 Act reforms ensures that we can provide comprehensive advice no matter who you are or what issues you may be facing. We also advise on other forms of agreement covering different types of occupation, such as rent-free licences and contracting agreements.

Supporting Tenant Farmers

We can provide practical advice on all aspects of agricultural leasing, whether it be in relation to tenant's improvements, waygoing claims, right to buy or assignation and succession issues our team is experienced and able to assist.

Expert Guidance to Landlords

Oftentimes the ownership of a landlord's interest in an agricultural holding is considered a long term investment. We act collaboratively with our tax and succession teams within Morton Fraser as well as with your accountant and other advisers to ensure your position is maximised and protected.