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Tods Murray announces expanded rural property and business team


Tods Murray LLP has launched its expanded Rural Property & Business team.

The new team, led by partner Sarah Cudworth and supported by partners Peter Misselbrook, Gordon Cunningham, and Richard Leslie, is a dynamic new grouping and brings a depth of knowledge and experience in rural issues together with the expertise of a full service law firm, which is essential to clients wrestling with the pressures and challenges of modern land use and ownership.

The team embraces a number of specialist areas of expertise including renewable energy and forestry, which prompted Clive Anderson, the President of The Woodland Trust to write an exclusive article for the website.

Mr Anderson said:

Managing woodland areas is hugely complex and requires co-ordinated and joined up legal advice across tax, environmental and business matters. The Tods Murray team has over the years provided legal support which the Woodland Trust in Scotland has found invaluable.


Tods Murrays RPB team acts for major sporting and agricultural estates, businesses, charities, families and tenant farmers the length and breadth of Scotland. The decision to expand the team in terms of personnel and expertise is in response to client needs.

Clive Anderson has written a Well Rounded View for the Tods Murray website to coincide with the new teams relaunch and the launch of the Woodland Trusts woodland creation campaign –  More Trees More Good.

1. Tods Murray is a leading independent Scottish law firm, dedicated to providing first rate, innovative and commercially aware specialist advice to companies, institutions and organisations, within both the private and public sectors, and to families, individuals and charities.

2. Tods Murray has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and has 37 partners.

3. The Tods Murray Rural Property & Business (RPB) team has a wide experience in many innovative and complex areas of law, including renewable energy schemes, carbon credit leases, advice on single farm payments and agricultural leases (new and old), environmental clean up, timeshare, mineral prospecting, contracts on varied land development projects and film location agreements.

The Team is led by partner, Sarah Cudworth. Sarah has built up a strong reputation and wide ranging general practice. She advises on all types of rural property related transactions including purchases/sales, leasing and land management issues. She deals with an immense variety of properties including landed estates, forestry, agriculture, crofting, minerals, fishing and other sporting interests and regularly advises on all types of rural land use and diversification such as radio masts, recreational ventures, private/public developments on rural land and public access issues. Her experience includes being involved in a significant number of high value farm and estate purchases at the top end of the market and she has excellent experience in dealing with the development of windfarms and other renewable projects.

4. The Woodland Trust: The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. It has 300,000 members and supporters. The Trust has three key aims: i) to enable the creation of more native woods and places rich in trees; (ii) to protect native trees and their wildlife for the future; (iii) to inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres).

In 1984, the Trust acquired its first wood in Scotland. Today the Trust owns 80 sites across Scotland covering 8,500 hectares. Further news can be accessed via

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