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Agricultural Holdings Review Details Released

Scottish Government has today set out the group membership, remit and timescaleof its Agricultural Holdings legislation review.

Six members have been appointed to the expert group that will advise the Scottish Government’s Review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation. The review - led by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead - aims to determine what policy and legislative changes may be required to deliver a sustainable Scottish tenant farming sector that is dynamic, gets the best from the land and the people farming it and provides opportunities for new entrants.

An interim report is expected in June 2014 which will include an update on considerations of Absolute Right to Buy. That will be followed by a final report, in December 2014, which will contain recommendations for the Scottish Government including proposals for any required legislative and fiscal changes.

The Review Group members are:

  • Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw QC, who has a specialised practice in rural property law and regularly appears in the Scottish Land Court, the Lands Tribunal for Scotland and on appeal in the Court of Session.
  • Professor Jeff Maxwell OBE, currently an advisor to the Land Reform Review Group. Formerly a member of the Forestry Commission Scotland Woodland Expansion Advisory Group, a Director of Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and Chairman of the Tenant Farming Forum.
  • Barbara Brown, Principal Clerk of the Scottish Land Court since September 2009 and a qualified solicitor on secondment from the Scottish Government.
  • Iain Mackay is a member of the Scottish Government’s New Entrant Panel and farms, under a short-term tenancy, an extensive hill farm at Torloisk on the Isle of Mull which last year became the Quality Meat Scotland Monitor Farm for the area.
  • Hamish Lean, a partner in Stronachs law firm and specialist in agricultural law.
  • Andrew Thin, Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, Board Member of Children’s Hearings Scotland and a Non-Executive Director in the Scottish Government.

Details can be found here:


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