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Anderson Strathern

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Alastair McKie

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Anderson Strathern

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Corporate department, planning and environment.


Partner and head of planning and environment. Advises on the planning and environmental law aspects of housing, mixed use, retail, energy and transportation developments: undertakes inquiry advocacy and due diligence; advises on planning permissions; statutory orders and private bills; development plans; appeals; planning agreements; enforcement procedures; EIA and Appropriate Assessment, listed buildings, compulsory purchase and compensation, judicial review and statutory appeals. Acts for central and local government, developers, public bodies, utilities and other stakeholders providing strategic and detailed advice. Appointed as lead legal adviser to promoters of Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill and the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link. Lead partner on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway team which won the ‘Client Specialist Team of the Year 2006’ at The Cuthbert Scottish Legal Awards 2006.


Trained Glenrothes Development Corporation; qualified 1987; principal solicitor and legal clerk to Fife Council planning committee; legal associate of Royal Town Planning Institute 1997; accredited as specialist in planning law by Law Society of Scotland 1999; partner Anderson Strathern, 2001. Major projects include Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway; Troon roll-on roll-off ferry terminal; Borders Railway and Edinburgh Airport Rail Link. Regular speaker at conferences.


Legal associate Royal Town Planning Institute; Convenor of Law Society Planning Sub-Committee.


Lornshill Academy; Dundee University (1983 LLB; 1984 Diploma in Legal Practice).


Fishing, hillwalking, tennis, SCUBA and his Utonagan dog.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Anderson Strathern, which 'looks at client value in the broadest sense', provides 'excellent support' on renewable energy projects across the UK. In the onshore wind space, in 2017, the firm won work from a string of new clients, including BlackRock, Greece-based infrastructure company Metka, AIM-listed company AMP and Chinese investor Shandong Huay Wind Power Equipment Co Limited. The firm is also heavily involved in projects involving offshore wind, solar, gas to grid, biomass, hydro, wave and tidal energy. In addition, it has been active in energy storage projects and district heating projects. Offshore energy specialist Gavin Thain is the lead adviser to The Crown Estate on all of its offshore wind and ocean energy projects, and recently assisted the client with restructuring the Zone Development Agreements with French energy giant EDPR for Zone One in the Moray Firth to ensure that the project was CfD compliant. Neil Farrell, Pat Loftus, Martin Whiteford and others acted for Bluemerang Capital in the sale of its entire wind turbine portfolio to Malaysian energy provider Tenaga. Alan Simpson joined as a consultant from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP. Experienced corporate partner Bruce Farquhar heads up the practice, with planning and environment group head Alastair McKie and rural property expert Sheonagh Richards being the other active individuals in this space.

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Scotland: Public sector

Parliamentary and public affairs

Within: Parliamentary and public affairs

Anderson Strathern's ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice has a range of expertise spanning drafting primary and secondary legislation, statutory interpretation, amendments to Government bills and the implications of legislation in the Scottish and UK parliaments and at the European level. Clients include a mixture of public and regulatory bodies, UK and Scottish Government agencies and departments. With ‚Äėa wealth of experience throughout public law‚Äô, practice head Fiona Killen¬†is noted for her ‚Äėunsurpassed attention to detail‚Äô. She continues to act for the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) in matters concerning statutory interpretation in defence of decisions and with respect to statutory appeals to the Court of Session and UK Supreme Court and judicial reviews. Killen and Alastair McKie¬†is advising the Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners on all aspects of drafting a Private Bill to amend the 1846 Act of Parliament which established statutory commissioners with responsibility for maintaining land in rural Perthshire. McKie advised Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority on the statutory interpretation of EU law in connection with the right to access environmental information. Other clients include The Crown Estate and Audit Scotland. Robert Carr¬†is another key contact.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Environment

Anderson Strathern has a wide-ranging environment practice, which plays a key role in transactions, projects, permitting, and civil and criminal litigation. Its team, which is led by Alastair McKie, is also up to speed on environmental regulatory issues. Reflective of its first-rate reputation in this area, the firm has been appointed to the Scottish Ministers' panel for public inquiries, and it has also secured Chemring Energetics UK Limited and Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited as new clients. In the renewable energy sector, McKie and senior associate Kirsty Slee (who is a solicitor advocate) are representing Ross Estates Company at a public local inquiry in its opposition to a proposed waste to energy combined heat and power plant at Invergordon. Bruce Farquhar, Sheonagh Richards, McKie and senior solicitor Kirsty Jamieson assisted solar energy parks developer Elgin Energy with various matters recently, including the environmental aspects of the Milltown Airfield 10MW minimum solar development and of the Speyslaw 10MW minimum solar development. They also handled an environment impact assessment for the client in relation to a 99MW solar development at Wemyss Estate in Angus. Elsewhere, director Neil Amner is a leading expert on environmental issues in the transport sector. In the rural sector, Anne Chapman advises the owners of large estates on matters such as land slips and contamination.

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Within: Planning

Anderson Strathern's practice head Alastair McKie, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a planning law specialist, and is 'exceptionally good with clients'. The firm is a first port of call for planning advice from a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including developers, local authorities, central and local governments and utility providers. McKie is handling the planning aspects of a multimillion pound development in Woking town centre for Bandstand Square Developments. In another highlight, McKie recently assisted Peter D. Stirling Limited and the Trustees of the I.D. Meiklam Trust with a planning application in relation to the circa £260m Mossend International Railfreight Park development. In the renewable energy sector, the team is acting for Ross Estates Company (which is owned by Mohamed Al Fayed) at a public local inquiry, which relates to its opposition to a proposed waste to energy CHP plant in Invergordon. Audrey Cameron, Fiona Stephen and senior associate Kirsty Slee are other members of the group.

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