Community Land Acquisitions

We have extensive experience advising community bodies on various aspects of community land transactions. This regularly involves advising such community bodies at the outset of their project all the way through to completion.

Often such matters require a holistic approach as there will be corporate/commercial elements, for example in terms of the structuring of the community body, its governance, and its constitution, and dealing with property aspects, including the purchase or lease of land and granting of associated property  rights.

These aspects are often interconnected and our Community Land Team work closely together to deal with and provide rounded advice, to make sure that any issues which may arise which may affect one area are dealt with and advised on in terms of how they affect the project as a whole. This facilitates effective completion of any transaction.

Our Community Land Team is headed up by Christine Mackay (Senior Partner) and assisted by Gary Somers (Associate) and Rebecca Fraser (Associate).

 Tel: 01397 701 000 or 01631 562 308



“All communications were swift and effective, he was always very pleasant and made every effect to help where he could. I appreciated the fact that Gary was always available on the phone and happy to talk through what was happening and helped to clarify any uncertainties. His previous professional experience and local knowledge was of great benefit to us, along with his understanding of the requirements of the funder”

Aideen Shields, Project Manager at Isle of Kerrera Development Trust

“An unquantifiable part of the MacPhee & Partners approach stems from their deep knowledge and understanding of the Lochaber area and how it operates. Their enthusiasm and commitment to local projects is frequently apparent in the press. We were grateful for the prompt, no-fuss advice that we obtained from the MacPhee team. From the outset they recognised that we had some in-house skills so jointly we agreed who would do what, to ensure that nothing fell through the net. We encountered a willingness to attend meets that suited our availability. Such flexibility allowed a small charity like ours to stay in control of the timing of the process and the costs. We appreciated this collaborative approach”

John Hutchison, Chair of West Highland Museum


 “As a community-led charity and completely volunteer-run, it was important for us to have robust advice, communication in a way which was clear and accessible, to underpin the project. In addition, MacPhee & Partners have sought to keep their services affordable which has also been key in managing our tight funds”

Joanne MacInnes, Trustee of the Iona Village Hall Community Trust