Over the past 250 years, although a lot has changed in the world of farming there are many things that have remained constant. One constant has been the solicitors that those working in Fife’s agricultural industry can turn to for legal, property and financial advice.
Pagan Osborne, with offices in St Andrews and Cupar, as well as Anstruther and Edinburgh, has been a mainstay in the Fife legal scene since the 1760s.
And today, it has a dedicated team of agriculture and estates experts led by partner Colin Clark. Colin is an accredited specialist in agriculture law with over 20 years’ in the field and was named specialist lawyer of the year at this year’s Legal Awards. Prior to his legal career, Colin was involved with his family’s farm for eight years.
“Scotland’s rural industry is a great mix of tradition and modernity and that’s what Pagan Osborne represents.
“The legal needs of the agriculture sector are complex – from leases, through to diversification, purchasing and selling all types of rural property, as well as dealing with the important and sensitive issue of finding the best way of passing the farm onto the next generation.
“Pagan Osborne has over 250 years’ experience and we are truly rooted in the agricultural sector in Fife and beyond.”
Gillian Gibbons, an associate in the team is also an expert in rural matters. Gillian was named Rising Star of the Year at this year’s Legal Awards. Gillian understands how the sector is evolving and deals with many types of diversification projects, including renewable energy schemes.
“The renewable energy industry is becoming more and more important to landowners, farmers and rural communities. These projects have not only great environmental benefits but also economic benefits for the areas in which they are being developed.
“There are many legal implications when setting up a project, whether that be as a community or a landowner leasing land to a power company or developing their own project and it is important you take independent expert advice.”