Specialist planning advice in the public and private sectors

Planning and environmental issues are becoming increasingly complex and ever more subject to dispute and challenges. They can be the deciding factor in the success or otherwise of any development proposal and can consume extensive resources and time if not handled professionally.

Our specialist team of lawyers, with more than 20 years’ experience advising on all aspects of planning and environmental law, can guide you from the earliest stage of your development proposal through to appeals and inquiries where required.

We operate across both the public and private sectors, advising clients ranging from planning authorities, regulatory bodies, advisory bodies and developers of renewable energy, commercial, industrial and residential projects.

Recent projects have included: residential housing, car parks, on-shore and off-shore wind farms, a gold mine and retail developments.

We provide planning and environmental law advice to a quarter of all planning authorities in Scotland.

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Why choose us?

Our breadth of experience – which includes some of Scotland’s most high-profile planning projects - allows us to offer our clients a comprehensive perspective on the issues they face, and offer practical, commercially driven advice on how to overcome them.

We advise on planning strategy for projects on all scales. Crucially, we are also able to interpret the full implications of development plans and planning policy – allowing your projects the best chance of success.

If your planning or environmental matter results in a dispute our team has extensive experience of representing clients at every level, from initial planning appeals right through to representation before the Court of Session and Supreme Court.

Our team has particular specialist knowledge of the renewable energy and minerals sectors.


Our services

We provide the full range of planning and environmental law advice across all sectors. This includes advising clients on:

  • Compulsory purchase orders and compensation
  • Consenting strategy
  • Contaminated land
  • Development Management
  • Due diligence on corporate and property transactions
  • Electricity Act Consents and Necessary Wayleaves
  • Enforcement action
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Judicial Reviews and Statutory Appeals
  • Local Development Plans
  • Planning Appeals
  • Planning Obligations (Section 75 Agreements and Unilateral Undertakings)
  • Public Inquiries and Hearings
  • Roads agreements

Why choose us?

You don't need a lawyer - not many law firms will tell you that. What you need is someone to provide a solution, and our advisors are dedicated and flexible enough to do just that.

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Personal legal services

With one of Scotland's largest teams dealing with personal legal matters, we have specialist knowledge for every stage of your life - from buying a house to protecting your assets.

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