Farm consultant Mike Halliday and rural chartered surveyor Helen Proud have been promoted to associate level at youngsRPS

LEADING property and development consultants youngsRPS has made four key promotions within its 51-strong team as the firm expands in Scotland.

Two of the promotions are primarily Scottish focused, managing Scottish clients and committed to developing the consultancy’s client base in the country.

Farm consultant Mike Halliday and rural chartered surveyor Helen Proud have been promoted to associate level and will continue to provide expert advice to businesses across Scotland on agriculture and farming issues.

Tom Oates, Director, youngsRPS, who oversees the Scottish region, said: “Scotland is a fast-growing region for us where our services are in demand right across the country.

“With these key promotions, we now have a bigger, dedicated team to focus on activity within the region and to help the growth and development of youngsRPS Scotland.”

The firm, headquartered in the North East of England, provides a wide range of consultancy services including residential agency, farm business and commercial consultancy as well as housing, planning and development advice.

Tom Oates added: “Faced with such unexpected and, at times, surreal situations, youngsRPS has remained focused on meeting the needs of our clients by keeping them updated on the frenzy of new and updated legislation related to property, planning, development and more.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have pushed on with our growth strategy – of which Scotland is a key growth area for us – expanding our presence and services across the region. Our team has considerable experience in a wide range of property and land consultancy services in Scotland and we are continuing to expand our client base despite these uncertain times.

“We’ve acted extensively on behalf of clients across the whole of Scotland on issues such as rent reviews, tenancy surrenders, and dilapidations claims.

“As a firm, we have completed over 240 tenant amnesties on behalf of our clients and the next step for many of them will be for us to open discussions with their landlord regarding Relinquishment and Assignation, which allows 1991 Act tenants to sell their tenancy back to the landlord or to a new entrant or progressing farmer. 

“The provisions will come into force on 28th February 2021, but it is strongly advised that tenants looking to use the new provisions should seek professional advice in advance.

“One of our Scottish-based consultants specialises in landlord and tenant negotiations and compensation claims and is a board member of the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association, a position he’s held for over a decade. He is also a tenant farmer in his own right.”