Rural Law

The Outer House of the Court of Session published its decision on McMaster and Others v Scottish Ministers [2017] CSOH 46 yesterday.   Background   The decision sets out the background to the case and the relevant provisions of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014. However, to… Read more »

Rural Law

As a result of a number of recent public projects, such as the construction of the Borders Railway and the proposed dualling of the A9 and A96, the impact of compulsory purchase on rural landowners and businesses has come to the fore, with concerns being raised in some quarters about compensation being inadequate. These projects… Read more »

Rural Law

The Scottish Government’s consultation on its “land rights and responsibilities statement” is closing on 10 March 2017. By way of some background, part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 obliges the Scottish Ministers to prepare, consult on and publish a land rights and responsibilities statement. The 2016 Act also contains a list of factors which the Scottish… Read more »

Rural Law

I blogged last week about the amnesty on tenant’s improvements.  Since then, we have had news of more progress on implementation of the agricultural holdings provisions in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 – this time on the subject of rent review. The rent review provisions are largely acknowledged to be the most technically complex in… Read more »

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