Ranked Band 1 for Agricultural and Rural Affairs in the latest edition of Chambers UK directory, Robert Sutherland is '''very widely known and widely involved in the farming arena.'' He remains a leader on farming-related EU matters, landlord and tenant disputes and crofting law' (Chambers UK, 2013). 'Sources welcome his detailed knowledge of agricultural holdings law, quick turnaround times and ''reassuring air of confidence.'''(Chambers UK, 2012). He is also noted for his 'speed of turnaround and excellent preparation' (Chambers UK, 2011). '''I find his advice sensible and pragmatic, and he always takes into account what my clients ultimately hope to achieve'' one solicitor comments. He is ''well known in the agricultural community, prompt when dealing with instructions and insightful on rural matters''' (Chambers UK, 2010). Robert Sutherland is also recommended in the latest edition of Legal 500 (2012) which describes him as incisive, quick-witted and thorough. Recent editions have also described him as 'easily accessible, helpful and direct in his advice' (2011) and recommended him for his ability to deal with highly technical matters in agricultural law: '[he] deals with matters promptly and provides good quality advice of a technical and pragmatic nature' (Legal 500, 2010).
Year of Call: 1992
Devil Masters: Jonathan J. Mitchell, QC; Richard S. Keen, QC; Sheriff M. G. O'Grady, QC
Qualifications: MA (Hons) (History) (1981), LL.B (1988), Dip.L.P. (1989)
Robert Sutherland specialises in administrative and local government, environmental, housing, property, and agricultural law (in respect of which he has entries in both the current Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories). He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the UKELA Scotland Committee.
He has been involved in a wide variety of arbitrations, planning inquiries, local authority committee hearings and has appeared in cases before the Supreme Court, House of Lords, the Court of Session, the Sheriff Courts, the Scottish Land Court, the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, the Social Security Commissioners, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel and the Immigration Appeal Tribunal. Robert has also been instructed in waste management prosecutions and statutory nuisance cases under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, summary applications under the Telecommunications Code and a statutory appeal under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000.
He has been a speaker at a number of conferences concerned with agricultural, crofting, environmental and property law matters. Events include the UKELA Scotland Conference 2012 ("Environmental Issues in the Planning Regime"); TFC/ Garners Seminar ("Environmental Taxation in the UK") and other seminars organised by Terra Firma Chambers. He has also spoken on the implementation of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010. He has also written numerous articles on agricultural, crofting, planning and various respects of rural and property law.
Robert’s personal interests include US politics and hill walking.
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