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 Energy & natural resources

Energy & natural resources

Our integrated and multi-disciplinary energy team advises on all aspects of the energy supply chain.


Harnessing the full power of Scotland’s resources

Scotland’s energy & natural resources sector plays an unparalleled role in the country’s economy and future prospects – and we are very much part of the efforts to harness the abundance of energy that makes the country rich in energy potential.

Our award-winning energy & natural resources group is a multi-disciplinary team of highly experienced lawyers who provide innovative legal advice on every aspect of the energy supply chain, from planning permission and property advice for wind and minerals projects, to advice on securing funding, negotiating community benefits and taking advantage of incentives.

Our renewable energy solicitors have advised on completed renewable electricity projects totalling more than 6GW of installed capacity – more than 40% of total renewable electricity development installed in Scotland.

We are involved in some of Scotland’s largest energy and energy-related projects including vital infrastructure, housing and the built environment, natural capital, and the rural and marine economies.

Climate change and net zero

At Harper Macleod, we put climate change at the heart of our practice. Our specialists throughout the firm advise organisations and businesses on projects across Scotland and beyond on issues which affect and are affected by the need to make significant changes to the way we all do things. These projects are significant contributors to Scotland and the UK’s efforts to reach net zero targets.


“The firm understands policy as well as the practical nature of renewable development.”

– Chambers UK 2024

“Harper Macleod has a strong renewable energy team, with the benefit of the wider commercial property and rural land expertise within the firm.”

– Chambers UK 2024

“The team is really responsive and good at driving processes to a conclusion.”

– Chambers UK 2024

“The Harper Macleod team worked without hesitation to meet our tight timeframes and provided valuable Scots law input in relation to our legal due diligence of a complex asset. The process was run very efficiently and the advice was sensible and commercial. We are very extremely grateful to the Energy Team and Stephen Chan’s Corporate Team”

– Megan Chamberlain , Legal Counsel, Equitix

“First-class understanding of onshore wind property and planning matters.”

– The Legal 500 2024

“The Harper Macleod team are very knowledgeable about the Scottish energy market and go above and beyond for their clients.”

– The Legal 500 2024


HM Publications

Read our report on the future of Scotland’s natural capital


Scotland's Natural Capital - Harper Macleod LLP report

Scotland’s natural capital – our air, water, soil, flora and fauna – is estimated to be worth £230bn. These elements help us to produce the goods and services which are essential to our society and economy.

In recent years, the focus within the natural capital sphere has been on the reduction of carbon emissions, leading to carbon offsetting through the purchase of carbon credits generated by natural capital projects. In the UK, these projects are primarily peatland restoration and woodland creation.

We recently held two discussion-led events on the future of Scotland’s natural capital, focusing on peatland and woodland. We brought together land owners, developers, policy makers, funders, representative bodies and professional advisors.

Our report looks to cover as much of the discussion as possible, appreciating the fact there are both harmonious and conflicting views.

Read our report

Scotland’s natural capital 2023

The Blueprint


In partnership with leading integrated project and programme management consultancy Faithful+Gould (now AtkinsRealis), Harper Macleod hosted two thought-provoking discussions with Scotland’s public sector construction profession.

The Blueprint was a forum to discuss the key issues impacting upon public sector construction projects in Scotland, with a particular focus on working towards net zero.

More than 150 professionals joined us over the two events. This insight-led report captures the discussion and priority themes, including innovative legal considerations, market conditions and an overview of how City of Edinburgh Council is responding to the net zero challenge.

Coming together with the sector we want to create an actionable path to overcome the barriers to sustainable growth and delivery. Collaboration, innovation and recalibration are all key, as well as having the confidence to challenge existing behaviours. We hope you find it interesting and useful.

The Blueprint publication 2023

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