A law firm with offices in Forfar and across Scotland has this week announced the strengthening of their crofting law team.
Inksters Solicitors, which has offices in Forfar, Glasgow, Inverness, Portree, Wick and with a visiting base in Lerwick, has added three new members to its crofting law team.
Derek Flyn joins Inksters as a crofting law consultant. Derek is one of the best known and most highly respected crofting law experts in Scotland. He co-wrote the first book on crofting law in 1990 and is currently writing a new up-to-date book on crofting law with Keith Graham. He was in recent years the Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation and continues to be their Parliamentary Spokesman. Derek, together with Keith Graham, produced the Crofting Law Sump Report which highlighted to the Scottish Government in 2014 all of the problem issues requiring to be addressed in crofting law. This is likely to lead to new crofting law legislation during the term of the new Scottish Government. Derek lives in Beauly and has strong connections with the Isle of Skye where his wife comes from and where he once worked. Derek will be assisting the crofting law practitioners at Inksters and providing them with specialist advice on complex crofting law matters.
Angus Mackay also joins Inksters. He is a legal consultant with a specialist interest in Community Empowerment, Land Reform and Renewable Energy. Angus has worked for large commercial law firms and latterly for a renewable energy company. He will be dealing with general crofting and property transactions and giving specialist assistance in community acquisitions and renewable energy schemes. Angus comes from the crofting township of Melness in Sutherland.
Evonne Morrison is joining Inksters as a Trainee Solicitor. Coming from Shetland she has an interest in crofting law and will be assisting the team in day to day crofting transactions/cases.
These three new team members join Brian Inkster and Martin Minton to provide Inksters’ clients with a formidable crofting law team of five.
Brian Inkster is a Shetlander and a solicitor who has dealt with crofting law matters for over 25 years and appears in the Scottish Land Court regularly and is often called upon to provide opinions on complex crofting law matters. Brian is the Hon. Secretary of the Crofting Law Group, a member of the Crofting Group of Scottish Land & Estates, the Cross-Party Group on Crofting at the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government Crofting Stakeholder Forum, the Crofting Register Stakeholder Forum and the Crofting Legislation Stakeholder Consultation Group. Brian is a regular contributor at crofting law conferences and blogs about crofting law at the Crofting Law Blog.
Martin Minton is a solicitor who has been with Inksters for five years concentrating on crofting law. Martin deals with crofting property transactions and disputes. He also deals with wills and executries involving crofting issues. Martin comes from a crofting family in Dundonnell near Ullapool. Martin has contributed articles and legal updates on crofting law for various publications and for the Crofting Law Blog. He is the editor of the Crofting Law Group Newsletter.
Brian Inkster said: “With the current turmoil at the Crofting Commission over their handling of issues surrounding Common Grazings Committees it is essential for crofters to receive the best possible advice that they can get. I am delighted that Inksters have assembled a crofting law A-Team that will give our clients just that.”