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David Bone

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David Bone

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David has carried out the legal work for developers, landowners or planning authorities on some of Scotland's largest renewable developments including Windy Standard (1996), Novar (1997), Beinn Ghlas (1999), Deucheran Hill (2001), Bowbeat (2002), Crystal Rig (2004), Causeymire (2004), Rothes (2005), Paul's Hill (2006), Steven's Croft (2007), Dalswinton (2008), Green Knowes (2008), North Rhins (2010), Crystal Rig Extension (2010), Mark Hill (2011), Rosehall (2012), Rothes II (2013) and Mid Hill (2014) and Crystal Rig 3 (2016). This work has contributed over one gigawatt of built capacity to Scotland's renewable energy targets.

Since the introduction of the Feed-in Tariff in 2010 he has assisted Knowes Housing Association and Berwickshire Housing Association with large-scale solar panel projects, helped 3 developers install single turbines on various sites, worked on several community turbine projects and advised on hydro and renewable heat schemes.

He has also assisted on wind, solar and consultancy projects in England, Wales, N. Ireland, France, Chile and Turkey.

David is also the lead Partner for Forestry Commission Scotland in their roll-out of large parts of the National Forest Estate for wind and hydro projects.

David has acted as legal adviser to the Scottish Renewables Forum since its inception in 1999 (seeing the organisation grow to over 300 members and a position as the leading forum for the Renewables' industry in Scotland). He has been a member of Scottish Renewables' Wind Working Group and Economics and Markets Working Group and has contributed a host of articles to Industry magazines and spoken at, and chaired, numerous industry conferences.

He was described by the Scotsman newspaper in 2006 as 'the man acknowledged as Scotland's authority on renewable energy law', he won the prestigious 'Partner of the Year', Award at the Cuthbert Scottish Legal Awards in 2006 for his work in Renewable Energy, he was described in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession as 'a standout figure in the sector' whose knowledge of wind farms is 'second to none' and he led the Harper Macleod team to the Energy Team of the Year title twice at Scottish Legal Awards and once at Law Awards of Scotland.

Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession lists David as a "Leader in the Field" in Energy & Natural Resources.

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Dip LP NP
Qualified: 1985
Joined the firm: 2010

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