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2024 NQ Lawyer- Real Estate & Rural Property - Edinburgh

Commercial Property - Private Practice
Ref: 543 Date Posted: Tuesday 28 May 2024


New role for a 2024 NQ Lawyer to join the renowned Rural Business team within one of the largest commercial firms in Scotland. This role will be based in Edinburgh. 

Role Profile:

  • The Rural Business sector is a vibrant and important part of the Scottish economy that is constantly changing and requires solicitors that can adapt to clients’ needs and expectations.
  • The sector encompasses not only traditional land uses and activities but wide-ranging commercial interests requiring commercially minded and innovative advisers.
  • The firm are recognised as an ambitious and market leading team acting for estates, farming and rural businesses, community bodies, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland.
  • The firm has the largest dedicated team in this sector offering not only market leading legal but also first rate strategic and commercial advice.
  • We are looking for someone with ambition and passion to work in the rural sector and we will provide a supportive team to join and an opportunity to develop a career in rural business and natural capital.


  • Purchase and sale of estates, farms, forestry and other rural land.
  • Providing advice to landowners on rural development including residential, renewables, telecommunications and quarrying. 
  • Ongoing management legal advice to estates and rural businesses of all sizes including sales of bare land, sales of residential properties, and advising on issues such as land reform, trustee/partnership conveyancing, creation of title conditions.
  • Advising on matters relating to agricultural holdings in both contentious and non contentious situations, including the creation, termination and variation of agricultural tenancies, fixed equipment obligations and the pre-emptive right to buy.
  • Advising on other types of lettings, such as commercial, residential, sportings and amenity leases.  
  • Title queries relating to complex Sasines titles including boundary disputes, access issues and title conditions.  
  • Purchase, sale, letting and management of sporting interests including salmon fishings, grouse moors and deer forests.
  • Completion of voluntary registration projects for some of the most interesting and challenging titles in Scotland for some great clients.
  • Commercial and other contractual work related to land use (including overage agreements) and business structures in the sector.

Candidate Requirements:

  • A seat in Real Estate or Rural Property would be an advantage but not essential. 
  • Genuine interest and enthusiasm for the rural sector and rural property work.
  • Works to understand the department’s key clients, the sector they operate in and the challenges they face.
  • Takes responsibility for own transactions and advice.
  • Committed to highest level of client care and service.
  • Committed to taking personal responsibility to learn on the job and keep knowledge up to date on legal issues affecting our clients.  
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong problem solving skills.

On Offer:

  • On offer is a highly competitive salary and benefits package (more details available on request).

To Apply:

For a confidential discussion about this position, to request the full job description or to apply, please contact:

David Thomson- Director

Edinburgh: 0131 450 7164

Glasgow: 0141 244 0260

Email: david@thomsonlrc.com