LANDOWNER representatives Scottish Land & Estates today (Thursday) welcomed leading rural affairs solicitor Robert Scott-Dempster as the new chairman of their legal and taxation committee.
Scott-Dempster, partner with solicitors Gillespie Macandrew, takes over the role from incumbent David Houldsworth of Brodies, who has held the position since 2009. As well as heading up the land and rural business team at Gillespie Macandrew, Scott-Dempster is an accredited specialist by the Law Society of Scotland with expertise spanning agriculture, landed estates, rural business and renewable energy.
Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates Luke Borwick said:
“We’re very encouraged to have someone with the knowledge and expertise of Robert Scott-Dempster taking on this important role within our organisation. I would also like to formally acknowledge the many years of first class input David Houldsworth has contributed to the legal and taxation committee and look forward to the strong calibre of his chairmanship over the years being replicated by Robert”.
The legal and taxation committee considers relevant matters of law and tax arising from policy issues being considered by other Scottish Land & Estates committees. The grouping consists of lawyers, accountants and land agents from some of Scotland’s leading professional practices and meets twice every year.
Robert Scott-Dempster said:
“I’m very much looking forward to getting started as chairman of the legal and taxation group with Scottish Land & Estates. The group provides a strong sounding board for many of the complexities which arise in the rural sector in terms of law and tax administration and brings together many of us who want to stay at the forefront of the policy debate. I hope to make a meaningful contribution in the new role”.
David Houldsworth added:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed chairing the committee for the past three years and supporting members of Scottish Land & Estates by keeping them abreast of the rapidly changing legislative environment and its impact on their day-to-day business. My colleagues and I at Brodies look forward to continuing to support landowners and rural businesses by sharing our knowledge with them, representing their interests and promoting their valuable contribution to the Scottish economy. I wish Robert, who is a worthy successor as committee chairman, all the very best in his new role."