Land Reform

Land Reform Update – December 2015

The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill continues its swift passage through the parliamentary process. This note briefly summarises the position as of the end of 2015. Timescales The Stage 1 debate...
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State control over land – Scotland in the European context

The notion of some form of state control over the sale and purchase of rural land is a relatively new concept in Scotland, having been introduced by the Land Reform...
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Sustainable Development – What does it actually mean?

Land Reform legislation contains many and various references to the concept of sustainable development. If private owners of land are to be deprived of their property rights, then there must...
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Scotsman Land Reform Seminar

Turcan Connell, in conjunction with The Scotsman, hosted a Land Reform breakfast seminar in Edinburgh on Tuesday 3rd November. Speaking at the event was John Glen of Buccleuch Estates and...
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Voluntary registration of land in the Land Register of Scotland – Update

Background and consultation on Keeper-induced registration In June of this year, we published a briefing note on the potential benefits and risks of voluntary registration of land in the Land...
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Consultation on the Law of Succession

On 29th June 2015, the Scottish Government issued a consultation paper on the Law of Succession (www.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00480484.pdf). The consultation is open for written responses until Friday 18th September 2015. The...
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The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and Agricultural Tenancies

The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill ("the Bill") was introduced on 22nd June 2015 and includes significant proposed changes in the law relating to agricultural tenancies. The Bill, in part, adopts...
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Charity concerns remain over Land Reform Bill 2015

A legal duty which would have forced every charity in Scotland to engage with the community each time they wanted to sell land has been dropped from the Land Reform...
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The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill 2015

Background The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 22nd June 2015. The Bill is the flagship piece of legislation in the Scottish Government's multifarious Land...
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On the cusp of the second Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

11th June 2015 It's early summer and the arrival of the long awaited and much publicised Land Reform Bill is imminent. Land Reform is not a new concept in Scotland....
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What has happened so far and what happens next

11th June 2015 By the end of June, the ground breaking Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will have been laid before the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will implement the Scottish Government's...
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The Land Reform Review Groups 62 recommendations where are they now

The Land Reform Review Group's final report (published in May 2014) contained 62 recommendations in relation to Land Reform covering: land registration; succession law; crown property rights; the common good;...
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