Our expert team can advise you on the full spectrum of business matters.
Scotland’s agricultural sector produces products for the Scottish economy worth £2.9 billion a year, making up a large percentage of Scotland’s food export industry. However, like any sector there are many challenges to be faced. While many can be tackled on the ground directly by those working in the industry, there are some that need to be handled by external professionals from other sectors, such as law and finance.
At the McKinstry Company our close and longstanding relationship with the agricultural industry lets us respond quickly and effectively to our clients’ needs.
Expert Agricultural Sector Lawyers
From tenant farmers to major landowners, The McKinstry Company helps clients meet their legal obligations and protect their interests. We regularly advise on:
Farm purchase and sale
We have been helping clients buy and sell farms for generations. The process can be complex, so experience and understanding from your legal team is essential. We will work with your accountants and the bank to ensure the contract for sale is right for you and that everything runs smoothly. We understand the importance of such a sale to you and your family, and so all of our farm purchase and sale work is handled by a highly experienced member of our team.
Rights of access over your land can cause a number of problems, particularly where they have not been drawn up properly. Rights of servitude can also be complicated and require skill and experience to navigate. You may be offered a standardised agreement by a service provider giving them very broad rights to use your land, for example to run cables, carry out maintenance and rights of way. However, such broad rights can restrict the control you have over your land and interfere with your business, so it is essential to seek specialist advice.
The law of agricultural tenancies is very complex. However, our lawyers have excellent experience advising on all aspects of agricultural tenancies for both landlords and tenants. We can assist with; Short Limited Duration Tenancies (SLDTs), Limited Duration Tenancies (LTDs), Grazing Lets, Rent Reviews, succession and termination of tenancies.
Renewables developments and infrastructure schemes
We can assist with all elements of renewables and infrastructure development, including interference with utilities, contract variations, negotiation of renewable energy deals, and all related contractual legal issues.
Like every other sector, agriculture has its own set of distinct challenges that can result in disputes. However, land and rural property disputes can often be complex, and require expert experience and legal expertise to be resolved properly. Our team here at The McKinstry company have varied experience in helping clients with disputes relating to:
Family Business Succession
There are a range of business structures available to those in the agricultural sector. From partnerships, limited companies to sole traders, we can advise on the best business structure to suit your needs and ensure everything is in place to support whatever structure you decide on. We can advise on how to hand the farm or business down to the next generation including providing advice and assistance with tax and retirement planning, and long-term care needs. For more information on how we can help you with family business succession, click here.
A Comprehensive Legal Service
We understand that our farming and agriculture clients need assistance with a wide range of legal services. That is why we are proud to be lawyers for life, and can help you with employment, family law, wills and power of attorney.
We have experts in each of these service areas ready to help, that can provide specialist advice for your specific needs and circumstances.
One Step Ahead
Our agriculture team stay up to date with developments affecting our clients and can provide you with specialist advice on how to deal with upcoming changes. We can assist with advising you in agricultural and community tenant’s rights to buy, changes to the land registration system in Scotland, and the Scottish Governments land reform proposals. For straightforward and practical advice that works for you, contact us today.
Contact The McKinstry Company Agriculture Lawyers, Ayrshire
At The McKinstry Company our team have years of experience in advising the agriculture sector on all areas and have been at the forefront of recent developments with renewables growth etc. Our team provide a friendly and knowledgeable service at a time to suit you.
For more information about what we do, and immediate access to our expert services contact Debbie Dunlop on 01465 915021. For our agriculture legal services FAQs please click here.
Really helpful and friendly always replied to calls and emails. Thank you very much for all your help and advice and hard work.Mr S, Auchinleck
First class throughout 100% better than last time we moved house and used a different firm. Always responded to promptly with appropriate detailed replies. First ClassMr N, Ayr
Thank you for the support during a difficult time.Mrs M, Ayr
Every email was timely and actioned quickly. Kirsty and Libby were exceptional to deal with. They kept me informed in a timely manner with the added complication of our sale being carried out whilst we are currently based in America.Anon.
My emails were always responded to in a timely manner no matter who I was dealing with. Thank you to Nat and Kirsty who helped throughout our move and during some difficult times when lock down was first announced! They have both been great.Miss K, Dalry
Everything was done extremely professionally.Mrs G, Ayr
Very happy with the way my case has been dealt with despite working restrictions due covid 19 - thank you. Calls & emails always responded to within reasonable timescale. Very impressed with lawyers and staff I have dealt with during current case and previous divorce case very friendly and efficient.Mrs H, Ayr
All very prompt, efficient, clear, friendly and personable. Not overwhelming with legal jargon. Many thanks for making the process of setting up a will so straightforward.Mrs D, Troon
We required our Wills to be amended and that was done without any problems whatsoever.Mrs F, Ayr
Very business-like and helpfulMr M, Ayr
I was very impressed with the professionalism shown by all members of staff I had any dealing with. All calls and emails were relevant to the sale of my flat. All questions I had were dealt with at the time. For any further legal matters I will certainly be using The McKinstry CompanyMr H, Ayr
Excellent service most happy with attentiveness and customer service.Mr F, Condorrat
Nat & Libby efficiently dealt with every question I had.Mrs K, Ayr
Kirsty understood our weird schedule when we were often 8 hours behind UK time, and simplified things for us by liaising via email. She was extremely approachable and dependable. In Kirsty’s absence, Jodie and Nathaniel would step in and communicate with us, and were very helpful too.Mrs N, Ayr
Great service and always on hand to answer our questions. Prompt and efficient response.Mr H, Ferniegair
Questions and communication were answered promptlyMr W, Sinclairston
Speaking from my own personal experience I was perfectly happy with the service I received. Everything was done to my satisfaction.Mrs I, Largs
Very efficient, timely and very mannerly on the phoneMr McN, Mauchline
The service was superb. Kirsty and team were extremely helpful.Mr and Mrs R, Ayr
First class service from start till finish. Always there to give help and advice.Mr R, Ayr
Great service and advice from a good professional company.Mr R, Kilmarnock
Excellent, very friendly and professional. I will be using you for all my property transactions in the future!Mrs S, Godstone
My case was handled sensitively and smoothly.Mr N, Ayr
Everyone concerned in the sale of our property was very efficient and kept us up to date with all happenings.D Ferguy, Cookstown
Great service. Would recommend you to others.Mr S, Kirkmichael
Communication was always available when required. Made me feel confident throughout the process.Mr L, Ayr
Always replied or phoned back when I needed my questions answered.Miss McF, Patna
A very prompt and friendly service, a pleasure to deal with.Mr R, Aberdeen
Robert was very supportive.M Carruthers, Kilmarnock.
Great, Rebecca was very pleasant to deal with and went out of her way to help with our caseS Everett, Kilbarchan
The solicitor / paralegal I was dealing with was very professional and performed to a high standard. I was very impressed.B Ferguson, Methil
Local firm, word of mouth good reports.K Rooney, Glasgow
All queries were dealt with in a prompt and professional manner and I was kept informed of progress as events developed. Thank you very much for making a difficult situation much easier to deal with.Mrs McG, Ayr
Communication via telephone and email was regular, prompt and comprehensive. All queries and questions were answered with no delays or problems. My experience with the McKinstry Company was pleasant and smooth.Mr McK, Ayr
My family and I received excellent service from everyone with whom we had contact. The service was of the highest standard and, as I have in the past, I will continue to recommend the company to anyone seeking legal assistance.Mrs S, Ayr
All emails and calls were dealt with promptly. Very impressed. Very very pleased with service.Mr and Mrs H, Hull
I enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Very professional.Mrs A, Ayr
Mr Honeyman was very professional and knowledgeable which made us feel reassured. Very happy with the service and if I needed a solicitor again I would get in touch.Mr B, Ardrossan
Prompt quick efficient communication.Mrs K, Cumnock
Ease of making appointments and timescale for completion of business all good.Mr & Mrs T, Maybole
Gave reassurance and comfort at a stressful time. I felt ten times better after our first meeting and support provided ultimately exceeded my desired outcome.Mr N, Saltcoats
The supportive way that the advice was provided along with the willingness to fit appointments in with our requirementsMr R, Ayr
The whole process was handled with upmost professionalism throughout.Mr McN, Kilwinning