Overview

Ross is a partner in our real estate team, specialising in land and rural property. Ross is ranked in Legal 500 as both a Next Generation Partner and Rising Star for agriculture and estates. He is dual qualified to practise in Scotland and England and Wales. Ross’s clients include traditional landowners, farmers, family trusts as well as institutions and investors.

Ross's wide-ranging rural expertise spans the purchase and sale of estates, farms, forestry, island properties, sporting rights and salmon fishings.

He also undertakes complex strategic land work advising on contracts associated with major projects regularly acting for consortia arrangements.

Ross’s expertise also advises on the real estate elements of woodland creation for carbon offsetting purposes.

His expertise extends to renewables and he deals in all aspects of advising in relation to proposed and existing schemes.

Ross presents at professional events and is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Crofting Law Group. He is also a Writer to Her Majesty's Signet and is external examiner to the University of Glasgow.

Experience
  • Acting for a purchaser in the acquisition of a large mixed use estate, bought for conservation purposes, subject to extremely tight timescales and praised by land agents for efficient handling and expert advice.
  • Acting for an institutional landowner on the disposal of a significant agricultural and residential investment estate comprising some 1,700 acres situated in the Midlands.
  • Acting for two family trusts in relation to ongoing performance under a completed hybrid agreement over land to the north west of Cardiff allocated for the development of 7,000 homes.
  • Advising a prominent UK-wide forestry management company in devising precedent agreements for carbon offsetting through tree planting.
  • Acting for a private family trust and associated investment vehicles in preparing and negotiating drawdown and investment agreements relating to the multi-phased development of a business park.
  • Advising a private investment management firm in relation to financing of 52.9 MW wind farm at Blackcraig, Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Acting funder-side on the project financing of a 26.65MW wind farm at Quixwood Moor, Berwickshire.