Islesman’s principal Malcolm Younger offers a service that brings in-depth experience gained over 30 years in professional practice to your assistance. The main areas of expertise are listed below, but please contact Malcolm for a no obligation discussion if your area of interest is not listed. The firm has low overheads compared with larger companies and hence we are able to keep hourly charges to a reasonable level.
Malcolm is ably assisted by Jane Cameron, who has a solid track record in the estate secretarial role, including book keeping and administration.
Where there are matters requiring different expertise, Malcolm can recommend other trusted professionals to provide a co-ordinated multi-discipline approach at a competitive price.
Property Management & Consultancy
Having served for many years as resident manager of a very large estate on the Hebridean Isle of Islay, and many more in rural practice the Highlands and Islands, Western Scotland and the Borders, Malcolm has an excellent understanding of the working needs of estates, farms, crofts and other types of rural property in these areas.
It is always important to get out on the ground to build up a full understanding of the opportunities and problems, which, although it takes time may be carried out cost-effectively within our fee structure. Costs are agreed before we undertake work for a client and may be based on hourly rate or a fixed fee.
Areas of practice covered under this heading include: book-keeping, accounts and budgets; administration of leased agricultural, commercial and residential property; advising on insurances; health and safety; building maintenance and construction; energy generation and efficiency; employment terms and recruitment; protected habitats and species; woodland; freshwater fisheries, deer and game; farming and agri-environmental management; historic sites, visitors and access; hotels and self-catering; marketing and websites; water sources and courses; peatland restoration; minerals; planning and design; rates and taxes.
Malcolm qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in the early 1990’s and has built up considerable expertise in the valuation of rural land and buildings of all kinds including estates, farms, crofts, islands, residential and amenity properties. He is a Registered RICS Valuer with almost three decades of experience and is willing to undertake valuation instructions for rural property throughout Scotland.
When pipeline or pylon works, road construction or other compulsory purchase are planned by utility companies and government agencies, they are invariably willing to pay for affected land owners and occupiers to be professionally represented in agreeing terms for entry and compensation. We work with you to ensure that your interests are protected as far as possible and that fair financial recompense is received.
Land Acquisition and Sales
Islesman acts for clients in assessment and purchase of land and property rights for a variety of purposes, frequently for the whisky industry. Malcolm’s knowledge of agricultural tenancy and crofting law is invaluable in handling subjects where there are occupiers or third party rights on the land.
Agricultural and Crofting Leases and Tenant Right
The complexity and critical importance of agricultural and crofting law demand a detailed understanding and we offer clear advice to clients, whether landlords or tenants, or those third parties who could be affected by the attendant rights and obligations.
Research and Writing
As an acknowledged wordsmith and photographer, Malcolm brings his professional knowledge and extensive library of reference works to carefully composed reports and copy for clients’ websites and other media outputs.