‘A Practical Guide to Crofting Law’ by Brian Inkster (PRE-ORDERS)


Paperback: 978-1-912687-39-8
Publication due: April 2019

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This practical guide is an introduction to crofting law for those with an interest in it or who may touch upon it, whether that is lawyers, law students, land agents, crofters, landlords, or anyone else with an interest in it. It covers the main issues briefly and concisely, aiming to highlight the complexity of crofting law and the pitfalls and traps that await the uninitiated. The aim is that readers will, as a result, be better versed in the basics of crofting law.


Brian Inkster is a solicitor specialising in crofting law.

He is the Hon Secretary of the Crofting Law Group, a member of the Crofting Group of Scottish Land & Estates, the Cross-Party Group on Crofting at the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government Crofting Stakeholder Forum, the Crofting Register Stakeholder Forum and the Scottish Government Crofting Bill Group.

Brian blogs about crofting law at the Crofting Law Blog (croftinglawblog.com) and regularly writes articles for The Crofter (the trade magazine of the Scottish Crofting Federation). He also provides comment and articles to local and national newspapers and magazines such as The West Highland Free Press, The Shetland Times, The Oban Times, The Northern Times, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Press & Journal, The Scottish Farmer, Scottish Legal News and The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

Brian also gives talks on crofting law to universities and at conferences, workshops and seminars. He has provided detailed submissions to the Scottish Government on proposed crofting law reform.

Brian has been interviewed about crofting law on BBC Alba, BBC Reporting Scotland and Sunday Politics Scotland. He has also been interviewed about crofting law on local and national Scottish radio news programmes.

Brian was born and brought up in Shetland. He is the son of a fisherman rather than a crofter. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow in 1991 to undertake his legal traineeship. Following conclusion of his traineeship Brian continued to practice law in Glasgow where he founded his own law firm, Inksters, in 1999. Inksters now also have offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Forfar, Inverness, Lerwick, Portree, Thurso and Wick.

Inksters provide a free legal advice helpline on crofting law to members of the Scottish Crofting Federation. Brian provides tutoring on Acquiring and Evaluating a Croft / Crofting Law Basics to the Access to Crofting Toolkit Course run by the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Brian also has a speciality in the law of servitudes (easements) having acted for the pursuers in Moncrieff v Jamieson. This case was ultimately decided in the House of Lords and has been described by Professor Roddy Paisley as “one of the most important cases on servitudes in the last 100 years”. It established for the first time in law that, in certain circumstances, you can have a servitude right to park a car ancillary to a right of access.

Brian obtained the distinction of being named Solicitor of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2006. He was called “a one man Scottish legal institution” in the Recommended Law Firm Guide 2010. At the Law Awards of Scotland in 2014 he was recognised as Managing Partner of the Year.

Brian has an active interest in entrepreneurship, marketing, technology and corporate social responsibility in relation to running a law firm. He is often asked to speak on these topics at conferences, summits and retreats.

Mitch Kowalski in his book, ‘The Great Legal Reformation: Notes from the Field‘, wrote:-

“Brian Inkster reminds me of what Elvis Costello would look like if he had become a lawyer: Inkster has an understated, new-wave coolness about him that fits nicely with his role as a legal entrepreneur—and he does kind of look like Elvis Costello in his prime. Kind of.”