The firm’s Perth office, which boasts a strong reputation for providing rural and estate management services, has bolstered Wattie Barbour’s team by bringing in former Hayes Macfarlane partners Colin Stewart and Ian Hope to offer an agricultural consultancy service, taking the rural team in Perth up to seven experienced MRICS agents.
Mr Stewart will provide advice on farm management, valuation and agricultural law matters while Mr Hope offers guidance on subsidies, the new Basic Payment Scheme and manages CKD Galbraith’s brokerage department. Both bring extensive experience of farm sales and acquisitions having dealt with some of the most prestigious farm sales in Perthshire and Angus over the last five years, and will work closely with Simon Brown and Duncan Barrie in the firm’s Stirling office where its national farms sales office is based.
CKD Galbraith claims to have the most comprehensive network of agricultural mortgage corporation (AMC) agents in Scotland. In 2014, the company arranged funding in excess of £5 million for farm and rural businesses in Perthshire alone.
Iain Russell, head of the firm’s rural business division, said: "We have a well-respected and experienced rural team which provides outstanding local expertise and the highest level of client service. As well as highly experienced agents CKD Galbraith has some of Scotland’s brightest young professionals coming up through the ranks."
CKD Galbraith employs 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach. It has an associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.
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