Crofters Urged to Respond to Law Sump

NFU Scotland is urging any of its crofting members with concerns over existing legislation to respond to the review of crofting law, also known as ‘the Sump’.

When the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013, relating to the rights of owner-occupiers to apply for decrofting permission, was progressing through Scottish Parliament it was apparent that there were a number of other issues relating to existing legislation that were proving to be problematic.

Pressed by NFU Scotland and other stakeholders, Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change with responsibility for crofting, gave a commitment that the Scottish Government would investigate, in consultation with interested parties, what the best method might be for dealing with these outstanding issues.

In response, the Crofting Law Group has launched its review of crofting law, called the Crofting Law ‘Sump’.  Its purpose is to gather together details of the significant problem areas within existing crofting legislation.

In consultation with stakeholders, the group will collate the issues and problems that are causing difficulties, prioritise them and indicate how the problem can be resolved.  Its report will be made available to the Scottish Government on completion.

Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Crofting, Highlands & Islands Working Group, Sandy Murray said:

“In order to give constructive feedback to the Crofting Law ‘Sump’ and to Scottish Government on the issues that need to be addressed, we want to hear from crofting members on any specific anomalies or issues relating to any aspects of crofting regulation.

“Some of these may require an amendment to the legislation; others may require changes in policy.  We are willing to pick up examples or cases with the law group on behalf of members or alternatively they are welcome to send submissions direct to the Crofting Law Sump before the end of December.”  Ends

Notes to editors
 The Crofting Law Sump has been set up by the Crofting Law Group to assist the Government in gathering together details of the significant problem areas within existing crofting legislation. Derek Flyn, retired crofting lawyer, and Keith Graham, formerly Principal Clerk of the Scottish Land Court will administer it.  Hon. Secretary of the Crofting Law Group is Brian Inkster.

 NFU Scotland crofting members with examples or cases are asked to send the information by the end of December to Lucy Sumsion on

 Submissions can also be sent direct to the Crofting Law Sump and will be taken up to the end of this year, this can be done by e-mail to or tweeted to @croftinglawsump. Information concerning the Sump will be updated at

 The Crofting Law Group is open to anyone who has an interest in the subject of crofting law. The membership consists of lawyers, surveyors, land agents, crofters, landowners and others interested in crofting law. The objects of the Group are:-
- To promote the knowledge and understanding of crofting law;
- To promote a forum for consultation and for making proposals to the EC, the Government and other bodies, in relation to the law reform as it affects crofting interests;
- To create a forum for discussing, in particular, crofting law issues but also related UK and EC legislation which has an impact on crofting estates and communities; and
- To produce and circulate a newsletter on a regular basis giving relevant details.


Date Published:

News Article No.: 132/13

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