Category: Agricultural Holdings

It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

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Our guest writer for this week’s blog is Andrew Thin, Scotland’s Independent Advisor on Tenant Farming. The role of independent advisor on tenant farming is a short-term one, and Andrew– who was a member of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group – has been tasked by the Scottish Government with working with the three main
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Practical implications to the proposed changes to succession

The laws on succession, while highly complex and technical, are not merely of academic interest but have significant practical implications, especially for farming families – both owners and tenants.  Much work has been undertaken by the Scottish Law Commission in relation to reviewing the law on succession and the issue is now to the fore
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Why Holyrood Should Give Agriculture Its Own Legislative Slot – And Quickly

The agricultural industry is eagerly awaiting the final report from the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group due to be published this month. The report is bound to comprehensive and, no doubt, controversial, given the polarised opinions expressed by various groups involved in the debate. That in itself is a pity because, as someone who works
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Rent reviews – heat, light and progress

The issue of rent reviews has always been a topic guaranteed to stoke much debate in farming circles. There is no doubt that the subject causes some friction but there is a real need to take a measured view on this issue. Let me say at the outset that how rent reviews are conducted can
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Balbirnie Home Farm

Challenge facing agriculture is to do with land use, not who owns it

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Like most farmers, I seem to spend most of my life in a boiler suit and wellies. My family have lived at Balbirnie in Fife for many hundreds of years as farmers and landowners. I farm about 3000 acres and own two farms which I let to tenants, so these days I am as much
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