There is a strong push for change in how rural disputes are handled. Historically the disputes were most common between landlords and tenants. Today, the balance of conflicts has changed and there are now a growing number of issues as a result of the numerous infrastructure and energy projects in progress and in the pipeline.
Whether the issue is disagreement over rent reviews or an infrastructure issue, courts are costly and take a long time (can be an 18-month lead ), so momentum is growing for alternative options like expert determination, mediation, and arbitration.
D&R has many years of expertise in arbitration and conflict resolution.
The Scottish government is pushing the move to arbitration as a mechanism to release the pressure – it’s more cost-effective and quicker than court and they recently supported a ‘Mock Arbitration’ event for professionals.
In his role as Vice President of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, Martin Hall, D&R Senior Director, was the appointed Arbitrator.
Martin said “Conflict and friction often arises because of the differing objectives for Project managers/Engineers and those that work the land. Engineers run projects and are focused on drivers like budget and timeline, but they don’t really understand landowners and occupiers who look at the long-term nature of holding and managing land.
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