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Agriculture Lawyers Ayrshire

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:
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  • Business structures and family partnerships
  • Succession
  • Diversification
  • Land management including access and servitudes
  • Tax planning
  • Buying, selling and leasing


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.

Agricultural Tenancies

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.
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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.

Rural disputes

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:

  • Appeals of planning decisions or compulsory purchase orders advice
  • Tenancy disputes in agricultural holdings
  • Disputes concerning the structure of agricultural, farming and rural businesses
  • Succession disputes including succession to leases and Wills and contentious estates.
  • Regulatory appeals, including rural support payments compliance

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

agriculture lawyers ayrshire - the mckinstry company 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.

Debbie Dunlop Partner View Debbie's Profile

Based in our Girvan office, Debbie is a Partner who is highly experienced in Private Client work, particularly in the agricultural and farming sectors. She used to enjoy travelling the world, but now married to a farmer, she spends her weekends in wellies, feeding cattle or on the back of a quad bike. Debbie is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

Having lived in Rome for a number of years, Debbie also studied Law at the Université d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand – as a result, she is fluent in both Italian and French. She can also speak a bit of Spanish, thanks to travelling around various Central and South American countries, including walking the Inca trail. She has managed to convince her husband that the cattle in Argentina will be worth a look at some time soon!

A keen runner, Debbie has competed in 10Ks and half marathons, even completing the Rome Marathon. This now comes in handy during lambing time chasing after ewes.

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