Scotland is renowned world-wide for the range and quality of its natural produce. We produce, consume and export some of the world's finest seafood, meat and whisky, amongst many other products.
Approximately 75% of Scotland’s land mass is under agricultural production and agricultural output is worth around £2.3 billion a year, and directly employing about 65,000 people. This accounts for a significant proportion of Scotland's £400 million food exports.
The Scottish aquaculture industry, meanwhile, is valued in excess of £400 million in its own right, with the salmon industry accounting for more than 1500 jobs. This does not include other forms of fish and shellfish farming.
The sector is highly regulated, with a considerable amount of UK and EU legislation affecting it, not to mention EU Policies and non-statutory regulation. Add to that the pressure of competing in UK and overseas markets, with the need to create and protect brands, establish robust contracts and establish an internet presence, and it is clear that the need for sound and comprehensive advice in this sector has never been greater.
We offer the full range of legal services required by this strong and dynamic sector. Our advice ranges from advice on land ownership and occupation, to land use and management, to standard terms and conditions, Competition and Data Protection Compliance Audits, and includes health and safety, employment, tax and banking and finance advice. We are also able to assist rural landowners in relation to diversification of land use, particularly in relation to renewable energy uses.
See also Food & Drink.