3.00pm Brodies Webinar: Hot Topics For Farmers

Introduction

At this must see presentation, Brodies’ Head of Land and Rural Business, Clive Phillips, will discuss farming partnerships and how to avoid the pitfalls to keep your business and family in good shape. Hayley Robertson, Managing Associate, will provide an insightful update on succession planning, with a particular focus on inheritance tax mitigation, legal rights and the importance of an up to date will. Sarah Lilley, Senior Associate, will provide an overview of how financial arrangements are dealt with following the breakdown of a marriage or cohabitation, including what steps can be taken to protect assets in advance of such a breakdown. Managing Associate, Scott Logan, will then discuss how to deal with utilities and mobile phone operators looking for rights over your land, with reference to the latest legal developments. The session will close with a Q&A session with our speakers.

Speakers

Clive Philips, Partner

Clive heads the Land, Agriculture & Rural Business team at Brodies and acts for a wide range of farm businesses and landed estates throughout Scotland. He has an in-depth knowledge of the rural sector as an accredited specialist in agricultural law, and as a family farm business owner.
He has gained a highly regarded reputation for advising on farming partnerships and on new business structures in commercial agriculture. He has been instigative in the promotion of share farming and joint venture arrangements. Understanding the interaction of land ownership, rural business and succession enables Clive to advise effectively on structuring farming rural businesses in order to provide strategic succession planning advice. He is frequently instructed on diversification projects, such as wind farms, anaerobic digester and solar farm projects.
Clive is regularly instructed to advise on agricultural tenancies, to troubleshoot disputed agricultural holdings and other contentious situations in the rural sector. He also serves on various committees and boards in the agricultural and estates sector.

 
Hayley Robertson, Managing Associate

Hayley specialises in advising individuals and their families in relation to succession planning, asset protection, inheritance tax mitigation, wills, trusts, executries and incapacity planning. Hayley has a particular interest in winding up complex estates often involving family businesses and/or agricultural interests.
Hayley acts for a broad range of clients including entrepreneurs and well-known public figures and their families and is the trusted legal adviser. Hayley also acts for a number of landed estate and farming clients in conjunction with the Land, Agriculture & Rural Business team at Brodies.
Hayley is based in our Edinburgh office.

 
Scott Logan, Managing Associate

Scott is a Managing Associate in the Land, Agriculture & Rural Business team at Brodies. Scott specialises in compulsory purchase and utilities work and regularly advises farm businesses and estates in relation to compulsory purchase orders and compensation; telecommunications leases and wayleaves, including advice on the electronic communications code; and electricity, gas, sewage and water infrastructure, including servitudes, wayleaves and related compensation.
He frequently advises farm businesses who have been approached by utilities or telecoms operators for servitudes, wayleaves and similar, helping them protect their interests and secure the best outcomes.

 
Sarah Lilley, Senior Associate

Sarah is a highly experienced family lawyer in our Dingwall team supporting clients from across the Highlands and Islands including Inverness, Speyside, Shetland, Orkney, the Isle of Skye and the Western Isles. She advises clients, including farmers and business owners, on all aspects of family law including divorce and separation and is one of only two accredited specialists in child law in the region.Having trained in Aberdeen, Sarah worked in Edinburgh and gained invaluable experience dealing with a varied family law caseload before returning to the Highlands in 2012. Sarah appears in courts across the Highlands and Islands and is a leading voice on the use of virtual court proceedings. A recognised specialist in child law, Sarah is regularly appointed by the courts as a child welfare reporter. Sarah is trained in the collaborative method of dispute resolution and is a notary public.

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