As the agricultural sector seeks to significantly contribute to the post-Covid recovery, this year's rural conference will consider some of the key legal and practical challenges - and opportunities - facing the rural community.
Join our chair, Hamish Lean of Shepherd & Wedderburn and a panel of experts who will consider the following questions:
what are the practical problems which are becoming apparent as the relinquishment and assignation rules relating to secure agricultural tenancies are being applied?
what are the types of projects that can generate recognised carbon credits in the UK and what approaches can be taken to deliver these?
how well do you understand joint tenancies?
what are the recent cases of likely interest to the rural law practitioner and what lessons can be learnt from them?
what are the various health and safety law duties and obligations relevant to the agricultural sector and what is the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?
what do you need to know about recent developments in crofting law?
We look forward to welcoming you to this important online conference.
What's being covered?
Relinquishment and assignation – the new provisions
The relinquishment and assignation provisions relating to secure agricultural tenancies introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 have been live since 28 February 2021. This talk will look at the take up of relinquishment and assignation by the sector, some practical problems which are becoming apparent as the rules are being applied and will also review how private deals between landlords and tenants are being carried out against the background of the legislation but without invoking the legislation itself.
Hamish Lean, Shepherd & Wedderburn
The emerging natural capital markets – practical delivery
What are the types of projects that can generate recognised carbon credits in the UK and what approaches can be taken to deliver these? We will look at the opportunities and challenges in practical delivery and monetisation of carbon.
Andy Turnbull, Bidwells
What happens when a joint tenant dies?
Can one joint tenant act unilaterally?
Can one joint tenant deal with their partial interest in the tenancy?
Pitfalls for tenants/pitfalls for landlords
Adèle Nicol, Anderson Strathern
Crofting law update
This session will cover recent key case law and will consider crofting law reform.
Brian Inkster, Inksters
Health and safety issues in the agricultural sector
Health and safety expert Kevin Clancy will discuss the various health and safety law duties and obligations relevant to the agricultural sector, the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector, as well as examining several recent court prosecutions that should serve as a reminder of the preventative steps that ought to be taken to avoid accidents occurring.
Kevin Clancy, Shepherd & Wedderburn
Rural case law review
A review of key recent cases concerning, amongst other matters, agricultural tenancies, rural litigation practice and procedure, conveyancing, the Electronic Communications Code, and other cases of likely interest to the rural law practitioner. The review will consider the not only the outcome of these decisions, but what effects they may have and what lessons can be learnt from them.