Scotland’s rural economy is changing fast.


As Scotland’s leading commercial law firm our agricultural and rural lawyers are at ease in supporting clients in this dynamic sector. We are experts in agricultural law, fishing, crofting, compulsory purchase, planning and the environment, development and renewables.

Farm and estate purchases and sales

Burness Paull's agricultural and rural lawyers advise on the purchase and sale of farms and estates across Scotland, and have been involved in many of the largest farming and estate purchases and sales in recent years.

Diversification of land and development

The firm's agricultural and rural lawyers are highly-regarded in providing advice to clients operating in the agriculture and rural sectors on the diversification of land use and development. For some clients, this has been to secure valuable planning permission for residential and commercial development; from securing planning permission to the sale of consented land. For others, it has been diversification to renewable energy generation or commercial forestry.

Estate management

Burness Paull's agricultural and rural lawyers regularly advise on all aspects of estate management for clients from large corporate landowners to family-owned estates, advising on all aspects of agricultural and residential leasing, grants and entitlements, sporting rights, aggregate extraction, servitudes and wayleaves and disposals.

As agricultural and rural lawyers, in addition to our business legal advice, we also support the personal legal needs of our clients including their personal tax, wills, trusts and succession planning.