Jon specialises in agricultural law and rural property and is the head of Turcan Connell’s Land and Property group. He advises on all property matters including agricultural law, agricultural support, crofting, forestry, aquaculture, conservation, development sales, diversification, minerals, waste disposal, land reform, carbon credit trading, Barony titles, sporting and fishing arrangements, rural planning and renewable energy.
Jon has more than 35 years’ experience of acting for the owners and occupiers of rural land and advising on all aspects of rural business law. He acts in the sale and purchase of many of the largest farms and estates in Scotland, is closely involved with the financing and refinancing of rural property, and has advised over 200 landowners on renewable energy projects including windfarms, hydro-electric and biomass schemes. He also advises individuals and groups seeking to oppose inappropriate development schemes. He represents a major environmental charity and is closely involved in nature conservation and environmental issues.
Jon was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in agricultural law for 25 years from 1996 and advises on all contentious and non-contentious agricultural law matters. He speaks and writes regularly on agricultural law and on rural property matters. Jon is a UK Council Member of the Agricultural Law Association, a Writer to the Signet and a Member of the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland.
Jon is ranked in band one by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 and described as a prominent expert on alternative energy schemes and is known by clients for his “ability to give in-depth answers, even on the spot”. Chambers UK also reports that peers credit Jon with “omniscience” in agricultural law and consequently to go him for “specialist questions” and that he is an excellent communicator “an automatic first port of call if you’re a landowner looking for advice. He’s a good people person”.