ralph peters
Partner, Head of Estate Management and Professional

Ralph has over 16 years’ experience in rural property and is head of the estates and farm management team, based in the Perth office.

Ralph has spent his professional career looking after a wide range of rural property throughout Scotland.

He provides a full land management service and has particular expertise in dealing with landlord and farm tenant issues, matters relating to agricultural holdings legislation, staff management, financial and tax planning, community liaison and sporting management.

He has considerable experience carrying out strategic rural estate reviews and implementing the agreed strategy thereafter.

An enthusiasm for farming supports the work Ralph has done in managing and setting up a number of successful farm contracts, and advising on farm and rural subsidies, enabling him to have informed discussions with farmers.

Ralph also has experience and specialist knowledge, being a RICS Registered Valuer, in the valuation, sales and purchase of rural property.

Throughout his career he has successfully dealt with a variety of wayleave and compulsory purchase matters on behalf of clients.

Recent projects include:

  • Contract farming
    Oversaw and managed the transition from large arable and livestock farm tenancy to a successful contract farming enterprise.  

    Set up and managed numerous contract farming agreements.

  • Strategic estate management
    Carried out a number of strategic estate reviews leading to successful financial and development action plans.

    Led the restructuring of an estate let farm portfolio - this lead on to a number of contract farming arrangements with the previous tenants.

  • Sporting
    Part of a team that restored a driven grouse moor and involved in the management of several well-known grouse moors.

    Managed the rejuvenation of a renowned pheasant shoot and manages several estates with developing and challenging shoots.

  • Sales and purchase
    Successfully carried out negotiations with 12 farm tenants on an estate for them to either buy, retire from or change their tenancy ahead of estate sale in order to maximise value to the owners.

    Acted for clients in the purchase of a range of rural properties.

    Acted for an executory disposing of a rural estate successfully maximising value.


  • Rural estate management
  • Financial planning, budgeting, monitoring and control
  • Landlord and tenant advice for agricultural and residential property
  • Agricultural Holdings Legislation (rent reviews, landlord and tenant disputes and farm tenancies)
  • Setting up and managing contract farming agreements
  • Advising on rural subsidies
  • Strategic rural estate reviews
  • Sporting management
  • Employment advice
  • Valuation, purchase and sales of rural property
  • Compulsory purchase negotiations
  • Wayleave and compensation claims
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