Clive Phillips
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Clive has an in depth knowledge of the rural sector as a specialist in agricultural law and also having a family farm business as a landowner and tenant himself. Clive acts for a wide range of landed estates and farming clients with an emphasis on commercial farms and estates with diversified interests. He advises on farm and estate acquisitions and sale, agricultural leases, sporting rights and farming partnerships.

Instructed frequently on diversification projects, particularly wind farms and other renewable energy projects, Clive has a growing reputation in that area. He has particular experience with wind farm options, leases and joint venture arrangements.

Understanding the interaction of land ownership, rural business and succession enables Clive to advise effectively on structuring farming partnerships and other rural businesses in order to provide strategic succession planning advice.

Clive is regularly instructed to troubleshoot disputed agricultural holdings and other contentious situations in the rural sector, or to assist other firms of solicitors with such situations.

Ranked by Chambers UK in agriculture and rural affairs, Clive is a regular speaker at conferences and has had a number of articles published on agricultural law matters. He is accredited as a specialist in Agricultural Law by the Law Society of Scotland, a member of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, Agricultural Lawyers Association and Scottish Arbiters' and Valuers' Association. Clive is a member of the National Farmers Union of Scotland and other industry bodies and sits on the Scottish Land & Estates Legal Group.


Clients regard him as "knowledgeable and efficient, and very conscientious in respect of representing his clients' interests."

Chambers UK 2020 

He is very well regarded in the rural sector, very knowledgeable and he has a great depth of knowledge of rural law. He is one of the most experienced in the profession.

Chambers UK 2019