Ian is a recognised expert on the property aspects of radio masts and fibre optic cables and has been advising on them since 1993, mainly for landowners in negotiating new agreements, rent reviews and renewals. He provides counsel on valuation matters affecting leases across the UK, is an expert witness in Scottish and English legal cases, and was the arbitrator in the Bridgewater case, which led to the review of the UK Electronic Communications Code.


Based in Galbraith’s Aberdeen office, he will work alongside Mike Reid, Head of the firm’s Energy division and a specialist adviser on renewable developments and telecoms. Ian was previously a consultant at Strutt & Parker, where he was also a founder member of the firm’s telecoms group.


Ian holds senior positions on several independent bodies embracing agriculture, arbitration, valuation and compulsory purchase groups. He has written for and contributed to several specialist publications on land valuation in respect of radio mast sites and telecommunication cables. He has advised on all land aspects of energy projects.


“We are delighted that Ian is joining our expanding team at Galbraith.  Ian will play an important role in further advancing our work for clients in telecoms, renewable energy and rural professional work,” said Mike Reid. “I have known Ian for over 30 years and worked alongside him in the past so it will be good to all be working as part of the same team on future projects.”


Tom Stewart, Galbraith Partner in charge of the Aberdeen office, said: “We are delighted to have secured Ian for this important role.”


Ian Thornton-Kemsley said: “The need for improved connectivity and the push to decarbonise the economy present both challenges and opportunities to rural communities and I look forward to working with Mike and Tom to ensure Galbraith clients continue to receive the best advice and support.”


Ian is a Chartered Surveyor who also runs a 1,200-acre family farming business, comprising mainly arable cropping.  


Galbraith intends to announce further appointments in the coming weeks.