Agricultural Disputes

Turcan Connell’s experienced team of agricultural solicitors can advise on a full range of agricultural disputes and also have the necessary experience to present the case in the appropriate Court or arbitration.

Representation in the Scottish Land Court

Since 2003, the Scottish Land Court has held the predominant jurisdiction to hear disputes between agricultural landlords and tenants. Turcan Connell has unparalleled experience amongst Scottish lawyers in representing and appearing for clients in a range of agricultural disputes such as:

  • Fixing rent for holdings  
  • Issues relating to crofting tenure
  • Appeals relating to agricultural subsidies.


Amongst the many high profile Land Court cases in which we have appeared to represent clients are North Berwick Trust v J B Miller & Co (acting for the tenant), Morrison Low v Paterson’s Executors (acting for the landlord) and Salvesen v Riddell (acting for the landowner).

Alternative Dispute Resolution

In agricultural disputes, if parties are in agreement after their dispute has arisen, the Scottish Land Court’s jurisdiction can be exercised by an arbitrator. We have significant experience of the arbitration process, sufficient to conduct the arbitration and to protect our clients’ interests.

Many clients are attracted to alternative forms of dispute resolution, e.g.settling for a compromise to mitigate the stress and expense of litigation. We have experienced accredited mediators, with knowledge of agriculture, to meet this need.