Portlethen ‘lawman’ is appointed to Govt group

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A Portlethen law expert has been appointed to a Scottish Government group to advise on agricultural holdings legsilation.

Hamish Lean, a partner at Stronachs and a specialist in agricultural law, will counsel the Scottish Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP, on delivering a sustainable tenant farming sector as part of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review.

Mr Lean, who currently sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s Rural Affairs Committee and the NFUS Legal and Technical Committee, is a frequent practitioner in the Scottish Land Court and is an influential voice on agricultural law topics.

He will advise the Scottish Government over how it can get the best out of the land and the people farming it, and how it can work to provide increased opportunities for new entrants.

Mr Lean said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this review group and I look forward to playing a key role in evolving agricultural holdings legislation.

“I have been an accredited agricultural lawyer for 13 years and have always had a very keen interest in the tenanted sector.

“Indeed, I provide a legal helpline for the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association and am acutely aware of the unique importance of agricultural tenancies in a successful rural Scotland.”

Managing partner at Stronachs, David Rennie, said: “Not only is Hamish’s appointment a clear endorsement of his outstanding abilities, it is also a fantastic accolade for Stronachs.”