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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Hamish Lean

Hamish Lean



  • Planning and Environment
  • Private Client
  • Privately Owned Business Solutions
  • Real Estate

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One of the North East's leaders in rural law, Hamish is top ranked in his field by the leading independent legal directories Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Highly regarded for his experience and depth of knowledge of rural and agricultural matters, Hamish is thoroughly immersed in the sector. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Agricultural Law, and he sits on the Law Society of Scotland's Rural Affairs Committee, the NFUS Legal and Technical Committee and is a member of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association. He is also a Trustee of RSABI, Scotland’s leading agricultural charity. "He is technically very able, very visible in this sector and very active, especially on tenancy work. He knows the law and the best way to use it for his client, and he has a high profile within the industry."
Areas of Practice

Planning and Environment | Private Client | Privately Owned Business Solutions | Real Estate


Not Every Lease of Land is an Agricultural Lease
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

When is an agricultural lease not an agricultural lease? An agricultural lease provides a tenant with various rights, including security of occupation for the agreed length of the lease. That might be for five or 10 years or longer under a fixed duration tenancy or even for the foreseeable future, if the lease is a traditional lease entered into before November 28 2003. However, not every lease of land is an agricultural lease. Whether it is or not depends on the purpose of the lease...

Health and Safety in Agriculture: Farmers Urged to Make Safety a Priority
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

Health and safety issues in the agricultural and rural sector are a matter of considerable concern. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging farmers to make safety a priority to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in the sector. This recent campaign was prompted by four fatalities over a fortnight, coming only weeks after Farm Safety Week...

Compensation for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The holder of intellectual property (IP) rights is entitled to a variety of remedies for infringement of those rights. These include, an order for delivery (or destruction) of the offending goods, interdict (injunction) to restrain any further infringement, and damages or an account of profits. This article focuses on the level of financial compensation available to holders of IP rights once they have established their rights have been infringed...

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