Improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land

A mini-blog, on transparency of landownership* in Scotland.

This is a matter I have commented on before (see, for example, here).

There is recent Scottish legislation on this topic. Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 gives a skeletal scheme designed to furnish information about who controls the owner or in some cases a tenant of land in Scotland. Regulations are needed to flesh out that scheme. The Scottish Government is now consulting on the associated regulations.

I put in my response (PDF) today. I was stirred into action by fellow legal blogger Neil King: I noticed he had blogged about his response to the consultation exercise and I commend his post to you. (I leaned on his response a couple of times in my own.)

I have written quite a lot about this topic now and – perhaps as a result of being scunnered, more than anything else – I almost let this consultation pass my by. In the end I decided I had better put something in, but my scunneredness means I will not say too much more in this post and leave my (selective) response to speak for itself.

The consultation closes on Monday 5 December.

*For no reason, I note the Scottish Government opted for “land ownership” rather than “landownership”. I have tracked that wording in the title to this post.

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About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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