Booking details

With occasional exceptions, ALA events are open to all professionals with an interest in the subject. A restricted event will be indicated as such in the Calendar of Events. If you would like to attend any unrestricted ALA event, please e-mail us at or telephone 07885 643341. CPD hours are available at all ALA events unless stated.

ALA Council
Thursday 18 June 2020

ALA & Scottish Land Commission – Mediation in the Tenant Farming Sector
Thursday 10 September 2020



This event will now take place on Thursday, 10 September 2020.



The Scottish Land Commission and the Agricultural Law Association, in association with Scottish Mediation, invite you to a unique training event: a mock mediation to try to resolve a waygoing from an agricultural holding.

The event will be introduced by Jon Robertson (Turcan Connell) and Bob McIntosh (Tenant Farming Commissioner).

In our mock scenario, Pamela Lyall, Mediator, and Lindsay Burley, Mediator, Eskhill and Co, have been instructed as mediators and will work with the Landlord and the Tenant to try to reach a mutually acceptable outcome. Robin Burley, Eskhill and Co, will host the mock mediation and enable delegates to ask questions as the process unfolds.

Those participating in the mock mediation for the Landlord and for the Tenant are:

Landlord’s representative – David Johnstone, Scottish Land & Estates;

Landlord’s solicitor – Heather Bruce, Turcan Connell;

Landlord’s land agent – Gordon Kerr, Savills.

General Partner of Tenant – Christopher Nicholson, STFA;

Tenant’s solicitor – Hamish Lean, Shepherd+ Wedderburn; and

Tenant’s land agent – Tom Oates, youngsRPS.

Papers prepared by Jamie Whittle, R & R Urquhart

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt, QC will provide a summary of mediation outcomes and concluding remarks



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ALA Annual General Meeting & Annual Dinner 2020
Thursday 24 September 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the Agricultural Law Association will take place on Thursday 24 September 2020 at 6.00p.m. at the Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.

The AGM will be followed by the Annual Dinner which will commence at 7pm.

Full details and a booking form will be available in June 2020.

Only Members of the Association are permitted to attend the AGM.  However, guests of Members are invited to attend the Annual Dinner.

If you have any queries, please contact Mike Holland at or on 07885 643341.


Time : 6pm to 10pm

ALA Council
Thursday 24 September 2020

ALA Autumn Conference 2020
Wednesday 4 November 2020

The Association’s Autumn Conference will be held at We The Curious, One Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB  on Wednesday, 4 November 2020.


Full details and booking information will be published in late Spring.

Time : 9.30am to 4.30pm

ALA/WS Society Joint Annual Conference on Agriculture 2020 – Edinburgh
Friday 6 November 2020


The ALA/WS Society 23rd Joint Annual Conference on Agriculture will take place on Friday, 6 November 2020 at the Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh.

The Conference programme and booking details will be published in the summer.


Time : 9am to 4.15pm

ALA Council
Thursday 10 December 2020

ALA Starter for Ten – England & Wales 2021
Tuesday 23 February 2021 - Thursday 25 February 2021

Starter for Ten – England & Wales

ALA’s residential training course, Starter for Ten, gives a basic introduction for trainees and the newly qualified in those elements of the law which are relevant to rural business advice.

Land law and tenancies are covered as are the new agricultural policies and legislation as they apply to England and Wales.

Tax and trusts are dealt with insofar as they affect farming and rural businesses and the course also deals with relevant litigation aspects.

The 2021 Starter for Ten will be held on 23 to 25 February 2021 at the Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick.

Please note that it is a requirement of the course that those attending are full members of the Association.  To join please go to

There is a strict limit of 35 places and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  In addition, there is a limit of 3 attendees from any one firm.

The course details will be published in the summer.  If in the meantime you would like to express your interest in attending the course, please email Mike Holland at