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In 2015, Brodies LLP advised Cube Housing Association on three biomass district heating schemes in Glasgow. The team also has expertise in contaminated land issues and waste, and provides environmental compliance support. Paul Marshall deals with environmental prosecutions and other regulatory action, while Neil Collar handles environmental issues in a planning context. Kenneth Ross is also recommended. Philip Hunter leads the practice.

Pinsent Masons LLP handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for waste management companies, oil and gas companies, and large energy utilities. Gordon McCreath assisted E.ON with various matters in 2015, including environmental issues arising from its proposed biomass project at Royal Portbury Docks in Bristol. Jennifer Ballantyne’s expertise includes contaminated land, environmental permitting and waste management. Legal director Ross McDowall is another key name.

Noted for its contentious and non-contentious capabilities, Shepherd and Wedderburn has expertise in areas such as contaminated land, waste, water resources and abstraction, and environmental permitting. Scott McCallum and Patricia Hawthorn are leading advice to DONG Energy on environmental issues connected with the proposed 1.8GW Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project Two.

In 2015, Anderson Strathern’s Alastair McKie dealt with contentious matters before the Court of Session, Supreme Court and Directorate of Planning and Appeals. McKie is currently handling a Supreme Court appeal for Ross Estates Company concerning its opposition to a proposed waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant. Sarah Baillie acted for Healthcare Environmental Group in two PPC environmental permit appeals before the Scottish Ministers.

Burness Paull deals with contentious and non-contentious environmental issues – including providing corporate transactional support – across a range of sectors, with particular strengths in energy, specifically oil and gas, offshore and marine renewables. Craig Whelton advised Icon Infrastructure Partners on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of Helius’ 50% interest in the Rothes biomass plant. Other clients include Total E&P, Cemex and Scottish Enterprise.

Laura Tainsh’s team at Davidson Chalmers LLP assists clients with their dealings with regulatory bodies such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, and has particular expertise in dealing with enforcement actions. Saica Natur UK, Straid Farms and Peel Energy are among its key clients.

Harper Macleod LLP has a strong reputation handling environmental disputes for local authorities and regulatory bodies. The firm also acts for developers in contentious and non-contentious matters where environmental issues arise from proposed developments. Rod McKenzie and Peter Ferguson represented Scottish Natural Heritage at a public inquiry in order to object to the proposed Carn Gorm wind farm. Jennifer Jack joined from DWF.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s Jim Drysdale, who has 30 years’ experience in environmental law, is knowledgeable in a broad scope of issues, including nature conservation, waste, contaminated land and volatile organic compounds. Experienced litigator John Chalmers conducts litigation for public sector and insurance-based clients.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s Tim Edward is currently representing Esso in a high-profile wrongful contamination case against the Scottish Ministers. Pamela Coulthard’s team also provides assistance with oil and gas environmental regulatory issues, particularly regarding onshore shale exploration and production, as well as decommissioning. Clients include Peel Gas & Oil, Aviva and Syngenta.

Jamie Grant’s* team at MacRoberts LLP expanded significantly in 2015 with a number of hires from DWF; Neil Amner and Martin Sales moved across along with Louise Gibson and Carly Mason. Another hire, corporate defence specialist John McGovern, joined from DAC Beachcroft Scotland. The group deals with contentious and non-contentious environmental issues across a wide range of sectors, including food and drink, transport and construction. Clients include Shanks Waste Management, Transport Scotland and Scottish Salmon Company. *Subsequent to publication, Jamie Grant has left the firm.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

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