Planning and Environment

Our market leading planning law practice is top ranked by the independent legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.  The expertise and detailed technical knowledge of our planning and environment lawyers gives us the ability to advise on all aspects of planning, right across England, Wales and Scotland. Whether it’s a complex city centre site or a large tract of rural land, we help our clients successfully navigate their way through what has become a highly involved process.

We provide advice on consenting strategies and analyse the information needed to support planning applications for consent prior to submission. We also advise on planning appeals (including advocacy), enforcement issues and court challenges.

Our clients include a range of private and public sector organisations, for whom we offer tailored advice on issues such as energy (including renewables), infrastructure, regeneration, housing, retail, waste and minerals.

For legal advice on planning and environmental issues please get in touch. 

"They're excellent – without fault." – Chambers, Planning

"They are practical and pragmatic. They never lack for service and there's a lot of strength and depth there."
– Chambers, Environment


Key People


We represent ScottishPower on a large number of its existing and proposed electricity generating assets with a particular focus on renewable energy
British Land plc
We advise British Land on planning issues at all its Scottish Retail assets. Recent projects include: securing a new cinema at Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh and defending a Judicial Review of the council's decision to grant further retail floorspace; defending two separate legal challenges to its proposed Elgin Retail Park redevelopment; and advising on Certificates of Lawfulness appeals at Inverness Retails Park
We continue to provide legal support to SMartWind in relation to their 4GW offshore windfarm zone at Hornsea, off the Yorkshire coast. We are currently advising SMartWind on consenting for the first and second offshore windfarm projects within that Zone and associated onshore grid connection works. These are two of the largest offshore windfarms currently being developed, with application for the first project now having been made to the Planning Inspectorate in England and a formal Examination process about to begin
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited
We represent Sainsbury's on all planning issues related to its Scottish expansion programme dealing with a variety of issues including planning appeals, judicial reviews, advice on planning strategy and negotiation of consitions and Section 75 Agreements
Taylor Wimpey
We advise Taylor Wimpey on a large range of sites across Scotland and have represented them successfully in planning appeals and planning gain negotiations on a number of their strategic land assets
Combined Power & Heat (Highland) Limited
We have advised on this proposal for a £49 million energy from waste plant in Invergordon for nearly 5 years through two successful planning appeals and a Court of Session challenge. A second legal challenge is due to be heard in late 2013